November 20-21, 2003


ITEM 121-2703-R1103��������������� Authorization to Install Fire Suppression Systems in Various Residence Halls; Montana State University-Billings


THAT:                     ����������������� Consistent with the provisions of MCA 18-2-102 (2) (b), the Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes MSU-Billings to install fire suppression systems in various residence halls at the MSU-Billings campus. The estimated cost for this project is $450,000.


EXPLANATION:      ����������������� 1.�� Petro and Rimrock Halls currently have no fire suppression systems. The Student Union portion of Rimrock Hall is served by a partial fire sprinkler system. These buildings are currently used for student dormitories and related functions. This project would substantially decrease the risk of catastrophic fire in the buildings.


2.�� The fire suppression systems would not substantially increase the operating and maintenance requirements of these existing buildings.


3.�� A small amount of existing building utility area may be modified to provide space for fire protection systems, but no significant building areas will change usage.


4.�� The projects will most likely be phased to minimize disruptions.


5.�� This project will be financed with funds from Auxiliary Operations Revenue (Renewal and Replacement Budget) in excess of debt service obligations.


6.�� This project will result in no new programs.