Construction on the new residence hall will begin during summer 2015, according to an announcement at the Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 24.
Following a 1996 UNC fraternity house fire, all UNC system residence halls were required to be equipped with a working sprinkler system by 2012. Odum Village Community, however, was given until the fall of 2017 to comply with these rules.
Associate Director of Housing Rick Bradley said the creation of an entirely new residence hall would be more fiscally responsible.
“The cost of adding sprinklers to 40-some independent buildings is not cost effective to 1960s style construction,” Bradley said.
Anna Wu, assistant vice chancellor for facilities operations, planning and design, said the approximately $32.5 million project will be paid for without University appropriations.
“The money comes from (the Department of Housing) reserves and the housing receipts — the room rate and the housing reserve funds,” Wu said.