by Jake Fraser, staff writer
Amongst the unbridled chaos and treacherous challenges the far west part of campus faces, Ballfield and Eco-dorm residents were recently informed their lofts are required to be permanently dismantled by the end of the term—a rude awakening to these residents.
After the fire marshal’s visit to carry out a routine fire inspection, Eco-dorm’s lofts were found to be obstructing the sprinklers, violating Fire Safety Code; unfortunately, the Ballfields lofts were found to be similarly unsafe. Furthermore, lofts are in violation of Buncombe county building codes.
A building permit is required for, “The addition, repair, or replacement of load bearing structures,” according to the building codes.
The Ballfields and Eco-dorm have long been remembered to house an assortment of student-built lofts.
“If we don’t resolve our fire code issues then the college will receive massive fines as well as have a living environment that isn’t safe,” said Megan Letchworth, the Area Coordinator.
As a result FMTS will be assisting students that need help removing their lofts.
“I spent [more than] 30 hours working on my loft, not to mention expenses, this really sucks,” said junior Edward Laurence Perry Rubin.
Lofts have been one of the major perks to living in the Ballfields, but now these fun structures must come down.