LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Tech Museum says they are now up to date with their fire and safety systems, after a $6.5 million renovation.
The renovation includes a whole new sprinkler system, fire panel and pump, as well as upgraded alarms and new strobe lights.
Cameron Saffell, the Assistant Director for Museum Operations, says these renovations aren't so much about the artifacts, but instead about keeping visitors safe.
"The significant upgrades were for people. We now have fire exit signs everywhere we're supposed to have them, we've got emergency lighting all the way through the building, we've got fire alarms all through the building. Used to be the fire alarms would go off, and some parts of the building wouldn't know we had a fire going on because there were no fire alarms."
Saffell says that 80 percent of the replaced sprinklers were originals from 1970, so this replacement was necessary.
Chris Cook says the $6.5 million came from gift funds.
Saffell says, "This is a very significant investment, in a system, we hope to never use."