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Noise alert: Power plant steam venting, Oct. 26 – Nov. 13

From: The Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities

From Oct. 26 – Nov. 13, if the weather is unseasonably warm resulting in temperatures above normal, the university and surrounding community members may notice elevated noise levels in the proximity of the Virginia Tech power plant due to the steam venting process associated with the commissioning of the plant’s new boiler.

This notice is provided as a precautionary measure to inform the surrounding community of the possible need to vent steam. There are no immediate plans to vent steam during this period. However, if temperatures are unseasonably warm, steam produced by the new boiler may need to be vented, resulting in elevated noise levels. 

What to expect:

  • Possible elevated noise levels in the proximity of the power plant and in the surrounding area (map).
  • Possible intermittent noise will be limited to normal work hours (between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), Monday through Friday only.
  • All efforts will be made to reduce noise levels as possible.

The Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities thanks the university community and local residents in advance for their patience and understanding.

Questions related to the steam venting process (and during the process) may be directed to vtrepair@vt.edu or 540-231-4300.