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Which campus facilities/services are closed after power plant fire?

Jack McClellan
Iowa State’s power plant has been operating on campus since 1884.

BREAKING Aug. 24 at 3:45 pm.

A fire at the power plant that cools many of the facilities on campus caught fire Thursday, and as a result, could cause disruptions to the cooling on campus.

With temperatures expected to sit just below 100 degrees in Ames over the weekend according to the National Weather Service, classes have been advised to move to an online setting. Veterinary Medicine classes were not canceled due to the cooling system not impacting the facility.

All campus activities taking place Thursday have been canceled.

Students living on campus have been advised by the university to leave campus for the weekend, but for those who cannot, faculty will be finding ways to assist.

UPDATE: Aug. 25 at 10:36 a.m.

Iowa State University announced the campus cooling system is up and running after repairs were needed from a power plant fire Thursday. Repairs were made sooner than anticipated, according to the university.

Although the campus cooling system is running, buildings will take time to return to regular temperatures and classes will remain online or canceled Friday and return to in-person format on Monday.

According to the university, the following campus services will be open Friday:

ISU Dining

Lunch at Seasons and UDM is available 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Grab and go lunch at Wallace and Wilson from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dinner at UDM and Seasons from 5-7 p.m.

East and west side markets will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The following are open Friday, operating under normal hours:

  • The Bookstore
  • The Memorial Union
  • Thielen Student Health Center
  • Student Services building
  • Sloss House
  • Hixon-Lied Student Success Center
  • Lied Recreation Center, State Gym and Beyer Hall
  • The SHOP pantry in Beyer Hall.

The University announced most academic buildings will remain locked Friday.

The following have adjusted hours Friday:

Student Union Board

ISU AfterDark and Cyclone Cinema have been canceled. CyBowl & Billiards and Cyclone Cinema will be closed Friday, while the Maintenance Shop, art gallery and workspace will be closed until further notice.

Student Innovation Center

SIC will be open until 5 p.m. Friday.

Parks Library

The library and tech lending will be open until 5 p.m. Friday.

The Design building

The Design building will open at noon Friday for studio work and collaboration spaces.

Child Development Lab School

The Child Development Lab School will be closed Friday.

Testing Centers and Human Resources Service Center

All ISU testing centers and the Human Resources Service Center will be closed Friday.

The list will be updated further as the university provides updates.

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