Rowan University to install fire sprinklers in residence halls

Rowan University to install fire sprinklers in residence halls

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Glassboro-Rowan University President Dr. Donald Farish has announced that the university will install fire sprinkler systems in six residence halls this summer. The project is expected t
$1.8 Million Project to be completed by September

Glassboro-Rowan University President Dr. Donald Farish has announced
that the university will install fire sprinkler systems in six residence halls
this summer. The project is expected to cost $1.8 million and be
completed before students arrive back on campus in September. The
university's five other residential facilities are already equipped with the
automatic fire suppression systems.

Rowan University's decision to install sprinklers was spurred by the tragic
death of three Seton Hall University students this past January. The
building, in which they resided, did not have fire sprinklers.

<+>The Seton Hall fire made us all keenly aware that no matter how many
alarms a building has, tragedy can still strike,<+> said Farish. <+>The Board of
Trustees and the university administration felt strongly that we should
move quickly on the project.<+>

In February, Rowan's Board of Trustees asked university administrators
to determine the cost and scope of installing the sprinklers. It was
determined that if the project was initiated immediately contractors
could be ready to start a week after graduation and complete the
project before September.

While the university does not have the funds in its budget, it does not
plan to raise tuition to finance the project, and emergency reserves will be
used. <+>Traditionally emergency reserves are used to help the university
recover from a catastrophic event. In this case, we are using the funds
to avoid one,<+> said Keith Campbell, Board of Trustees chairman.

Approximately 2,400 students live on campus, 1,467 of which live in the
six facilities being retrofitted with the fire sprinkler systems: Evergreen
Hall, Edgewood Park Apartments, Mansion Park Apartments, Mimosa Hall,
Mullica Hall and Triad Hall Apartments. Although these buildings do not
have sprinklers, they have not been out of compliance with State
requirements. All were built prior to sprinklers being mandated.

Rowan University is the first of the state colleges and universities to
commit to installing sprinklers in all its residence halls. Financial
assistance, however, may be on the way. State legislative committees
are currently reviewing six bills, including S799, which increases the
Higher Education Capital Improvement Fund by $50 million to finance the
installation of automatic fire suppression systems in student resident
halls at colleges and universities across the state.

Note to Reporters:
For more information about the project, call Larry Reader, vice president
for administration and finance, at 856-256-4144.