LCCC delays fall opening of new residential building

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -- While initially scheduled to be finished by the start of the Fall 2020 semester, Laramie County Community College's newest residence hall has had its opening delayed to Spring 2021.

The reason behind this is a combination of work force issues and supply chain shortfalls effected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, the $32.5 million project -- funded by a loan from the State Lands and Investment Board meant to support residence hall projects on community colleges -- is now set to finish construction by October.

Details of housing allocation will come during Phase II of LCCC's Return to Business Plan -- available later this summer -- but Diana Wilson, director of residential life for LCCC, says she's hopeful.

"Right now, we look [to be] in a good position, and we'll be communicating with our students," she says. "Our applications look good for what we're able to house and those that have requested or want on-campus housing. We should be in a good spot."

Even after construction ends, there will be a few more issues that the school will need to take care of before allowing students into the building.

"We've got furniture move-in, getting our staff settled into spaces so that our resident assistants are there for students, making sure our keys are ready for move-in, checking all those spaces so they can be our best foot forward for our new students," she says.

Wilson adds that the delay also allows for further improvement to the infrastructure.

"Because of that, we're able to use contingency money for some of the facilities, for construction, for work-force needs," she says. "But we're really able to add back some amenities for students, including some things that will make it a really attractive place to live. increase our safety and security of the space and then lay out a really strong -- hopefully spring -- opening."

The new building will also have a few changes from the older residence halls, including private, community-based bathrooms (communal bathrooms that have stalls containing a shower, toilet and sink so that occupying students have their own space), updated communal areas, such as kitchens and living rooms, and a mailroom contained within the building.

For more information about LCCC's on-campus living, visit their website.