Safety upgrades require summer housing closures

South Village Apartments
South Village Apartments
The South Village Apartments are among five campus residence halls that will close for the summer for state-required safety upgrades.

Northern Arizona University is giving advance notice to some year-round campus residents that state-required safety upgrades will force them to move for the summer.

The upgrades, mandated by the Arizona Fire Marshal’s office, will require the installation of sprinklers and automated safety systems in all apartment-style facilities by fall 2014. Impacted NAU residences include South Village Apartments, Campus Heights, Gillenwater Hall, Raymond Hall and Roseberry Hall.

The work is scheduled to begin in May, and as a result the residences will close May 11. The construction itself is expected to require at least 90 days. The installation of the new sprinklers and other associated work cannot be completed while apartments are occupied, and no storage will be available.

NAU is arranging for summer housing for South Village family housing residents who wish to continue to reside on campus. McDonald Hall, a recently renovated, efficiency-style apartment community has been designated for summer families. The summer rate will be competitive with current family housing rates.  Housing for single student residents also will be available.

“We hope that our nine-month advance notice will offer ample time to make decisions about future housing,” said Cynthia Anderson, director of Housing and Residence Life.

Details can be found online.