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Pandemic slows construction on Missouri State University’s newest dormitory

Published: Aug. 25, 2020 at 11:10 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -

The pandemic impacted construction this spring and summer on a new dormitory on the Missouri State University campus.

School leaders originally planned for Holland House to be ready for the new school semester. Instead, the pandemic delayed construction. Integrity Development is the general contractor on the Holland House project. Integrity president Carol Ann Haake says MSU and Bryan Properties made an agreement to delay handing off of the residence hall until next year. We’ve learned MSU’s board of governors agreed to a one year extension on the project. The university now plans to close on the property by July 2nd, 2021.

Holland Hall will costs $24 million. It features four levels of parking with three levels of floors.

That extra time helped the contractor deal with delays in the supply chain because of the pandemic. Haake says the general contractor also added safety measures, including cleaning stations on site and masks for most construction work. If workers need to work closely together, they keep groups of two together consistently. If someone is exposed to COVID-19, they’re quarantined for 14 days.

“Across the industry, because of COVID-19 and precautions that everyone had to make for the benefit of our employees, of course, we did take a step back and just take some time to make sure we were following the standards, the health and safety standards,” said Haake.

Missouri State University school leaders say its residence halls are near capacity, but they are not short on housing because of this delay. They anticipated fewer residents since they expected a smaller freshman class this year.

But at the same time, MSU is using an entire residence hall and some off-campus apartments for students exposed to COVID-19, and renting a hotel for those with the virus.

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