LCCC construction projects behind schedule due to COVID-19 pandemic

Published: Apr. 30, 2020 at 1:02 PM CDT
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Laramie County Community College (LCCC) construction projects have been affected amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been continuing construction on new dorms, along with the renovation of the fine arts building.

The pandemic has caused contractors to fall behind schedule. Originally, 297 beds for the new dorms were expected to be finished by the start of school in August. Instead, that number has been reduced to 237. Contractors have hit some supply chain issues with the project such as the sinks to each dorm.

Other projects that the school has been working on have been affected by the pandemic is the renovation of the new fine arts building. They were originally looking to start moving staff in early July; however, it has been pushed back to late July.

"Every day that goes by is a day they lost in their schedule and so we're just waiting for updates,” Vice President of Administration & Finance, Rick Johnson said. “That's been a big impact on us, every week brings news information and new challenges."

According to Johnson, between mid-March through the month of April, LCCC has taken roughly a $900,000 financial hit. If the suspension of operations goes beyond May 15, 2020, the amount of the financial hole will increase.

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