Message from LSU EOC

Thursday, February 22, 2018; 5:58 p.m.

Dear LSU Community,

As you know, many of the buildings on the campus are experiencing air-conditioning problems, and we want to update you on the issue.

Climate control in many of our campus buildings is operated through a chilled water system. The system is currently operating at 32% of its normal capacity. This means that the system is currently unable to cool many campus buildings. 

We have identified the problem and are working on it; however, it is unfortunately not a quick fix. The complexity of the repairs required to solve the problem means that the fix may take a number of days or as long as a couple of weeks.

To give you an idea of the scale of this issue, the cooling deficit is 14,300 tons, and the typical home has a 4- or 5-ton capacity air-conditioning unit. This loss of cooling capacity is equivalent to about 2,800 residential air-conditioning units.

Please be assured that we are working on this problem as quickly and efficiently as possible, but it will take time. Meanwhile, to help lower temperatures in buildings where classes are held, we are planning to turn off air conditioners in buildings that are not part of the academic teaching core. Doing this will improve cooling in classrooms and residence halls.

Some of the buildings that will have air conditioners turned off at this time will be: the East and West upper deck interior areas of Tiger Stadium, the three buildings of Thomas Boyd Hall, Efferson Hall, and all individual faculty and administrative offices in academic buildings. 

We also want to let you know about some common areas that run on separate systems that are NOT affected by this issue and should be cool and comfortable for students to use: the Union, the UREC, the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, the 5 Dining Hall, the 459 Dining Hall, the African American Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the Veterans Center.   

Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation.