SUNY Cortland completed repairs to electrical wires under the entranceway to Clark Hall on Saturday. The system shorted out on February 25th and caused an explosion that busted up brickwork in front of the building and knocked out power to nine buildings on campus.
The work was finished last Saturday and normal power has been restored to the residence hall, which houses nearly 200 students.
Masons are expected to repair the brick work in front of the dorm later this week.
An electrical short in an underground concrete vault containing the power grid to that area of the campus caused the power disruption back on the 25th. As a result, power to several buildings on campus including Clark Hall was knocked out.
Power was restored to most buildings a short time later, but students in Clark Hall were put up in hotels or stayed with friends for at least one night following the disruption. The next day the building was repowered with a generator until the repair work could be completed this past weekend.
On Saturday, power was again temporarily disrupted to10 buildings on campus including six residence halls, the outage lasted about 4 hours.
The college is midway through a five-year project to replace all major electrical wiring outside the buildings on the main campus with the new and more effective equipment.