Construction Utility Shutdowns

Due to the predicted storm conditions Wednesday into Thursday, the planned electrical shutdown scheduled for Thursday morning, is postponed to Friday, March 23 from 6am-6pm for safety reasons.

Adjustments were made to the schedule of buildings impacted by the upcoming electrical shutdowns. Please click here or the link below for the most up-to-date schedule and list of impacted buildings.
The Central Energy Plant (CEP) construction is nearing completion. One of the final steps in bringing the plant on line is connecting it to campus electrical infrastructure. These connections will require 4 planned electrical shutdowns during March and April, impacting different groups of buildings each time. This will allow contractors to safely tie the plant into the existing electrical distribution infrastructure.

Once fully operational, the CEP will provide electricity, steam and chilled water to campus. The new plant will provide connected buildings independence from the grid and improved energy efficiency, while reducing Tufts’ greenhouse gas emissions and utility costs.

The targeted dates for the 4 electrical shutdowns are listed below, and have been selected in an attempt to minimize impact to campus during term time. These outages will not be campus-wide, please see the list of buildings impacted by each shutdown.

The following dates have been selected:

  • Friday, March 2 – Completed
  • SPRING BREAK: Saturday, March 17 – Completed
  • SPRING BREAK: Friday, March 23,  duration approximately 12 hours, 6:00am-6:00pm,
  • April 8 – CANCELLED
Each shutdown will have a scheduled rain date in the event of inclement weather. We will continue to reach out to the impacted buildings in the same way we have connected with building occupants over the last several years of campus construction. We will again compile lists of appropriate building contacts and critical calendar dates. Building occupants can expect to hear from us in the next week or two. As all of the information becomes clearer, we will send out notifications to the impacted occupants, in addition to campus-wide notifications. We will work with occupants to accommodate special needs where required. While we understand that these shutdowns will be inconvenient, they are a necessity for successfully connecting the new Central Energy Plant to campus.
The project team remains dedicated to communicating these shutdowns and the course of action that needs to be taken to ensure that building occupants and students remain safe during these shutdowns. As always, you are encouraged to reach out to the Tufts Construction Mitigation Team at with any questions or concerns.
Your patience is appreciated as we take this last step toward reducing costs, improving energy reliability, sustainability and resiliency on the Medford/Somerville campus.
Barbara Stein
Vice President for Operations