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SWCC dorm public hearings set

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 10:51 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 10:55 a.m. CDT

Southwestern Community College Board of Directors met for a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday and voted to hold public hearings for various aspects of the new dormitory project.

All board members were present.

The public hearing will be held Feb. 11 for finishing work on the new dormitory, including paving, landscaping, masonry, finish carpentry, insulation and siding.

“I’m really amazed that they are where they’re at to date,” said Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development. “There are a few days ... they think they’re behind.

The concrete pad for the building was finished in November, and workers have started laying block, which the framing will sprout up from.

“December was pretty much all the infrastructure, all the in-ground stuff,” Lesan said. “Now, it’s time to go vertical.”

However, there were concerns with the materials. A shipment of rerod hasn’t reached the campus, and currently there is a shortage of drywall across the state, causing the price of drywall to increase.

Despite concerns, the college has currently saved approximately $167,000 on the project.

“We are still looking at a July 14 turnkey time period,” Lesan said.

The July 14 completion date is earlier than the originally planned date of Sept. 17.

The new college dormitory will be located south of the Instructional Center on the Creston campus, and is being built to accomodate an influx of students applying to stay in on-campus housing.

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