Officials at the University of Iowa first announced their plans for a new dormitory building back in April 2011, after a constant increase in student applications forced the school find alternative housing for students outside of the campus grounds. The original dormitory would have contained 450 beds and cost about $42 million. However, officials at the university have drawn up new plans that will accommodate 500 students. The completion date has also been put back from 2014 to 2015.
Over the last few years the school has had to rent hundreds of apartments in Iowa City to accommodate the influx of students, which has obviously cost a considerable amount of money. Now though, officials hope to permanently fix the problem with the new construction. The dorm will be used to house first year students, but plans for second and third year students is on the cards for the future. [Read more...]