Edens North Safety and Security Upgrade

University Residences is contracted with Dutton Electric under the direction of WWU Facilities Development and Capital Budget Office (FCDB) to upgrade the fire alarm system in Edens North.

Built in 1956, Edens North is one of the oldest residence halls on campus and has not yet received a sprinkler system installation. The building adheres to Whatcom County Fire Code, but University Residences is upgrading its fire alarm system to enhance alarm annunciation and improve notification for visually and hearing impaired students.

Student Impacts

Battery operated smoke detectors have been installed in residential rooms. These smoke detectors are not connected to a centralized alarm system. In the event of a fire, residents will pull one of the red fire alarms (located near building exits on every floor) in order to notify the University.

*Students will be offered proactive fire alarm training from their Resident Adviser.

Upgrade Hours

Wearing University ID badges, contractors will replace the existing fire alarm system which includes:

  • A new fire alarm panel
  • New smoke/heat detectors
  • New mass notification devices
  • New wiring and raceway to support

Residents can expect construction related noise, vibrations, utility outages and other inconveniences during work schedule hours below.

Days of the Week No Noise Work Noise Work
Weekdays 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday N/A N/A

Friday, May 3

Core drilling in custodial closets scheduled from 9 a.m. - 3:30p.m. Students will experience loud noises during scheduled times.

Monday, April 8 – Sunday April 14

Remove existing fire alarm system in public areas

Thursday, April 10

Remove existing heat and smoke detectors in student rooms

Wednesday, April 17

Edens North Fire Drill

Monday, April 1 – Sunday April 7

Remove existing fire alarm system in public areas

Monday, March 25 – Sunday March 31

Remove existing fire alarm system in public areas