A fire in an underground vault located in downtown Richmond yesterday resulted in power being lost at the VCU Computer Center (VCUCC) housed in the Pocahontas Building. The primary effect is that the building air conditioning was not available causing temperatures in the computer center facility to rise well above 100 degrees yesterday. Backup power was available for some mission critical systems but for most systems the high temperature meant they had to be shut down or risk damage to their components. Dominion Virginia Power had to repair equipment that brought electrical service into the building so power was not restored until after 11 p.m. VCUCC staff had to wait for temperatures to stabilize before beginning the process of bringing the computer systems back online. This process began at 3 a.m. with most critical systems being restored for the VCU community by 7:30 a.m. this morning.
Virginia Dominion Power and the women and men at the VCUCC are to be commended for their effort to restore these critical systems that we all depend on daily at VCU in a timely manner. Links to the local news coverage of these events are available below. Please contact the VCU helpIT Center (828-2227, email@example.com) with any questions.