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Questions surround window regulations after The Hub suicide

When a town or city gets a new building request, it goes straight to Indianapolis where it goes through rigorous scrutiny.

Posted: Oct 5, 2018 7:00 PM
Updated: Oct 5, 2018 7:03 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Some have questioned...what are the rules on window regulations for high rise apartments?

This question comes after the tragic suicide of a 19-year-old Purdue Student at The Hub apartments almost two weeks ago.

As you walk past The Hub, its noticeable that the windows don’t have screens or any kind of protection on them.

“It's always very sad when you lose a student," said 27th District State Representative Sheila Klinker.

West Lafayette building commissioner Chad Spitznagle says the windows on the building are up to code. A code that is established on the state level.

"Those permits receive a construction designer release, CDR, through the state, their plan reviewers, before it even comes to our office,” he said.

He said The Hub was not a rushed project.

“Everything was done back in 2016, so the contractors did a nice job over the last couple of years working through those scenarios, state releases,” he said.

The process to get approved by the state is pretty lengthy. When a town or city gets a new building request, it goes straight to Indianapolis where it goes through rigorous scrutiny.

Every hallway, window, and electrical socket needs to be approved by the state.

They even continue inspections throughout the construction process, where any violation that arises must be addressed.

And when it comes to high rise buildings like The Hub, Spitznagle said a lot more is taken into consideration than just the safety of those inside.

"Fire departments, when they are there, they need to open up windows to get smoke out to ventilate things in a fire," he said.

Klinker says addressing window regulations is a fine line.

"They have to meet code and our firefighters in these high rises have to be able to get to them quickly but you also have to make sure that you feel like you're safe too," she said

Klinker said she's had people come to her from all backgrounds about this.

"It isn't just legislators who are talking about this its people who have students that are coming into the university setting," she said.

And she's ready to bring this up with her colleagues.

"There are two sides to every problem that we have and so we'll be discussing this with our safety officers at the State House,” she said.

Anyone looking to voice their concerns about safety code regulations can contact Doug Boyle, director of the FPBSC at the state house, at doboyle@dhs.in.gov.

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