MASON CITY, Iowa - Despite set backs along the way, the new NIACC dorms are well on the way to becoming a reality.
After rain and severe weather delays, the completion schedule had been pushed back several months.
Now we’re learning those months, have now become just weeks.
Administrators say, while the new 25-million-dollar development project will not quite make it in time for the first day of classes, they are still excited for the change.
“We are really excited about the opportunity to move into this dorm and the value it’s going to add to our campus life. We are a little behind, and we’re in the process of communicating to the students about those delays. We believe we are more weeks behind, not months behind and were encouraged with the progress that we’ve made in the last couple weeks,” said NIACC President, Steven Schulz.
The facility will house more than 400 students and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis for those who have signed up for housing.
The new housing units include state-of-the art security, free Wi-Fi, a computer lab, meeting rooms, convenience store and common spaces to meet with friends.
“The contractors are doubling up their crews and have really made some nice progress in the last couple weeks. The east building is significantly ahead of the west building, but there is a lot of work being done on both of them. We’ll plan to move students as soon as we have facilities ready and approved by the local agencies,” said Schulz.
Students who will eventually move into the dorms are expected to receive two rooms when they first make it on campus along with their roommates.
One in the old facility, and one in the new facility, when it’s available.
During the first semester, they will eventually move into their new dorms with the help of campus staff.