- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Officials at the University of North Carolina Charlotte say they will be putting new windows in a dorm where a student fell to his death earlier this week.

A school spokesman said changing the windows is part of previously scheduled improvements at Moore Hall and three other dorms, The Charlotte Observer (https://bit.ly/1gZQku9 ) reported.

The school said the improvements are planned over the next four years at the dorms, which are more than 40 years old.

Eighteen-year-old Joshua Robert Helm of Hillsborough died Sunday morning after he fell from the seventh floor of the nine-story building. Police and school officials said Helm fell from the ledge outside his window, which can be fully opened. It’s not clear why Helm may have been on the ledge outside the room.

School spokesman John Bland says officials have not decided whether the new windows will open fully. But he said the school UNCC is taking a look at window designs “to ensure that we are meeting safety requirements and best practices.”

Bland said the window improvements are not the only reason for the update. The school wants “to improve the building aesthetics, functionality and energy efficiency, and to be more marketable and attractive to students.”

Bland said renovations will begin in May and will focus on one dorm each year.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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