TULSA - When the OSU-Tulsa Center for Health Sciences suffered extensive damage and lost power in a powerful overnight storm, it endangered more than the class schedules of students and faculty.
The building, located at the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and W. 17th Street, also houses a Tulsa Police Department forensics laboratory and a Medical Examiner's facility.
The situation nearly became dire when the building's backup generator failed early Wednesday morning.
Sensitive biological materials, including evidence in criminal cases, was put at risk by loss of refrigeration.
However, the facility's Safety Officer, Matt Sharpe, tells KRMG they managed to get the generator running again fairly quickly.
He added that the refrigerated storage equipment is high-quality, and can keep temperatures for two to four hours even without power.
They did have a backup plan; another building on the campus did have a functioning generator, and they were prepared to consolidate and transfer any necessary materials to that building.
The remaining issue, will a delay in restoring power to the main building create a backlog for either the police or the ME's Office?