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September 15, 2005

Pitt completes dorm sprinkler installations

With the installation of sprinkler systems in its fraternity complex and Forbes Craig apartments this summer, Pitt has completed a five-year, $15 million fire suppression project that helps protect all 6,300 residents occupying nearly 2 million sq. ft. of undergraduate student housing on the Pittsburgh campus.

The comprehensive fire suppression systems, which consist of fire detection devices, automatic sprinklers and alarms directly linked to response personnel, are part of an overall fire safety plan that includes training and education for students and resident advisers.

“Though sprinklers are not required by law in existing residence halls constructed before 1990, we recognized their importance in providing our resident students with the safest possible living environments,” said Jerome Cochran, Pitt executive vice chancellor.

“While the fire suppression systems are important, equally important are the educational and training sessions we provide our students. Combining our training programs and systems with the fact that, as an urban university, we enjoy the protection of one of the finest professional fire companies, we believe that Pitt has a well-protected campus, in terms of fire safety.”

Filed under: Feature,Volume 38 Issue 2

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