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MASON CITY, IA – North Iowa Area Community College is enlisting the help of an area construction team to help build some new dorms on campus despite any price scares.
“The original facility was built in the early 70’s and it is a little dated so our students were looking for something more contemporary,” said Kathy Grove, Vice President for Administration Services at NIACC.
Construction is underway at NIACC and what the site will turn into after it’s all said and done, is a new state-of-the-art student housing facility.
The $23 million dollar project will not only be an option for current students, but Kathy says they hope it will attract the attention of others as well.
“For our students that are here, we have students usually live in their residence halls for two years. So the second year students that will be here during that time will have an opportunity to move into the new residence halls. It’s also designed as a draw for new students,” said Grove.
NIACC joined forces with local contractor Henkel Construction of Mason City to put together the new building.
While the price of construction around the country has gone up, those with Henkel say they haven’t seen much of a change.
“It hasn’t been that drastic lately. Five years ago we had some materials moving very dramatically and there was more of a concern then there is today,” said John Schneider, Project Manager with Henkel Construction.
Part of the issue is that the price of commodities has gone up around the country and in turn increases the cost of the total project but according to Schneider a huge spike in prices might not be the case.
“It can effect the cost of overall construction costs but typically commodities moving individually, you have some go down and some go up. So you’re not seeing a huge spike in any project construction cost because of any certain commodity,” said Schneider.
Fortunately for NIACC and any other area construction projects, Schneider says there’s no real cause for concern.