Video: New Electrical Substation Charged for the First Time

Aug. 28, 2015

Electrical Customer Substation

The electrical substation at the intersection of Garden Avenue and South Old Orchard Avenue was electrically energized for the first time Tuesday, Aug. 25. 2015.

This is a significant step that will allow the University to have enough electrical capacity to expand the parking garage, construct the Interdisciplinary Science Building and future new construction and building modifications for decades to come.

Watch a short video of the station being charged for the first time.

During the next year, 16 major Webster Groves campus buildings will be disconnected from Ameren Missouri’s electrical infrastructure that supports the Webster Groves community and connected to Webster University’s new electrical customer substation.

Note for faculty and staff in Webster Groves: See this announcement on how to prepare for the changeover, beginning Aug. 28, and expect similar messages in the future.

This will restore electrical capacity for the Webster Groves community and allow Webster University more control over its electrical infrastructure. The first buildings that will be changed over to Webster University’s new electrical customer substation on Aug. 29, 2015 will be the East Academic Building, H. Sam Priest Center, and Thomson Music Building.  

The Road to the Interdisciplinary Science Building

This is the third major project that ultimately will lead to the new Interdisciplinary Science Building. The first was the addition of the East Chiller Plant located in the lower level of the East Academic Building which was completed in August of 2014, followed by the left-turn lane on Edgar Road at Garden Avenue completed earlier this month.

The next project will be the east expansion of the Garden Park Plaza Parking Garage, which is needed to meet the additional Webster Groves campus’ parking requirements for the Interdisciplinary Science Building.

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