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Highlands Buildings 5-8


Building Name: Highlands Residence Hall Buildings
Street Addresses:
Building 5: 410 Scotland Rd.
Building 6: 412 Scotland Rd.
Building 7: 320 Scotland Rd.
Building 8: 305 Darrow Rd.
Year Built: 2011
Occupancy: Residence Hall
Building 5: 202
Building 6: 196
Building 7: 202
Building 8: 247
Type of Construction: Wood Frame

Fire Alarm System Description

Fire Alarm Panel: Simplex Model 4100U

General Description:  Fully integrated automatic smoke detection in dorm suites, common areas and mechanical spaces; Fully integrated automatic heat detection devices in all mechanical spaces; Manual pull stations in all common areas and mechanical spaces; Horn/Strobes devices located in all common areas and mechanical spaces;

Fire alarm signals are monitored through a new state of the art fire alarm receiver located at the campus police station.; Fire alarms are monitored 7 days per week/24 hours per day.

Fire Alarm Testing and Inspection
Individual components of the fire alarm systems are tested annually by a certified fire alarm company in accordance with NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code.

Automatic Sprinkler System Description

Type of System:
Combination Wet and Dry pipe systems

Coverage: Fully sprinklered in accordance with NFPA 13

Automatic Sprinkler System Inspections
Automatic sprinkler systems are inspected quarterly in accordance with NPPA 25

Fully Sprinklered

Designed to meet the NFPA 13 Sprinkler Standard, which is more stringent than NFPA R, residential sprinkler standard; Fully sprinklered buildings with dry sprinkler system in the attic;

Standpipe system with Fire Department valve located at each floor in the stair-towers. Fire pump is provided to ensure adequate water pressure to the sprinkler system; HVAC systems provided with smoke detector interface to the fire alarm system.

Fire Suppression Equipment

Portable Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are located in accordance with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. 

Portable Fire Extinguisher Inspections
Fire extinguishers located in residence halls are inspected monthly by the Environmental Health and Safety Office. Annual inspection is conducted by a qualified vendor in accordance with NFPA 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. 

Fire and Evacuation Drills

Residence Halls are required to have at least one scheduled fire drill per month.  

Fire Ratings for Individual Sleeping Units 

All units are fully sprinklered; 1-hr rated fire partitions from floor to ceiling in between units; Entry doors are 45 minute rated with smoke gasket seals around their perimeters; Ceilings are 1-hr rated and have an additional layer of drywall in excess of the code requirement (added to improve acoustic isolation and extend fire performance).

Fire Rated Corridors

1-hr fire rated continuously at all floors; Corridor Ceilings are 1-hr rated; All penetrations through the corridor for ducting or wiring are fire-stopped and all corridors are sprinklered

Fire Ratings for Stair Towers

Stairwells are the safest place in the building; All stair towers are sprinklered and are 2-hr rated fire Barriers; This varies from the fire partitions at the units as they have membrane protection goes from the first floor to the fourth floor. The central stairwell in all buildings has an area of rescue assistance with call buttons for rescue if persons with a disability need assistance. All stair tower doors are 90 minute rated and have smoke seals around their perimeter as well all glazing at stair towers is 2hr rated.

Travel Distance to Stair Towers          

 A person occupying a unit in the middle of a corridor of the Highlands can expect to travel a maximum of 130' before entering a stair tower. The Code requires this distance be under 250 feet. The Highlands exceeds the code requirement for travel distance to the stair towers


Each fire partition in the building (unit separation walls, corridors) is draft-stopped to prevent smoke from accumulating in the wall cavities. Additionally, the attic area is separated into separate draft-stopped areas as well limiting smoke migration across the attic.