Power outage closes Andrew Jackson building - WKRN News 2

Power outage closes Andrew Jackson building

Posted: Updated: Sep 5, 2012 07:40 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The 17-story Andrew Jackson building in downtown Nashville remains closed for a second straight day Wednesday after a state official declared it "uninhabitable."  

Nearly 1,000 state workers were sent home around 10 a.m. because of numerous power and air conditioning outages in the building located at Fifth Avenue N. and Deaderick street.

"[The outages are] from the basement through the sixth floor," state worker Melvin Lowe told Nashville's News 2. "There's just basically emergency power on those floors and in the elevators."

State Property Services Director Don Johnson said that the building will be closed again on Thursday due to repairs.

"We have high temperatures and humidity outside and it's been getting that way inside," Johnson said.

According to Johnson, there are around 20 contract crews that will be working around the clock in an effort to make the necessary repairs.

The state official blamed the outages on "aging equipment."

Johnson estimated repair costs to be between $500,000 to $750,000.

It was not immediately known if the building would reopen Friday.

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