Construction on the new residence hall is about to begin. Construction crews are setting their equipment up on the west side of Laramie County Community College in preparation.
The original budget for the new residence hall was set for $30 million, but with the project bids coming back high and the contractor setting the guaranteed maximum price at $36.5 million, some steps had to be taken to get the project back within budget.
On April 9, the Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees gave approval to spend up to an additional $2.5 million on cost overruns for the new residence hall during a special meeting.
Additionally, the location of the residence hall was changed from the originally planned location. The residence hall will be built on the west side of the current residence hall. In doing this, construction no longer has to interfere with utilities underneath the residence hall parking lot on the east side of the building, reducing the cost of construction.
According to Rick Johnson, vice president of Administration and Finance, the school has heard back from the contractor and the final guaranteed maximum price for the new Residence Hall is now set at $32.5 million.
“It may come in lower, but it is too early to tell,” Johnson said.
Occupancy of the new residence hall is planned for fall 2020.