UMass Amherst residence halls now protected by fire sprinklers

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Dec 6, 2012
MA State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan
The University of Massachussets announced that all 45 residence halls at UM Amherst are now protected with fire sprinkler systems, following a massive, voluntary retrofit to protect students in one of the nation’s largest on-campus housing systems. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan hailed the achievement as an impressive commitment to public safety.

More than 12,100 students in 7,163 rooms are now protected by sprinkler systems. State fire code requires UMass to install sprinklers in older residence halls more than 70 feet high and in new construction, but campus officials were determined to extend protection to all residence halls regardless of height. A $27.2 million voluntary retrofit program began in 2005 and was completed this year, covering 31 buildings. Funding included $4.8 million in state funds and $22.4 million financed through the University of Massachusetts Building Authority.

“I am proud of the leadership the University of Massachusetts has shown by making such a significant commitment to the safety of its students. This is an investment that will protect not only todays students but generations of students to come,” said Coan.

Read the press release