MSU student-housing project delayed by high bids

Monday, June 25, 2012 | 3:55 p.m. CDT; updated 4:36 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 25, 2012

WEST PLAINS — Missouri State University's plans for new student housing on its main Springfield campus have been delayed because bids for the project came in higher than expected.

The university planned to build apartments with 295 beds, a commercial area and other amenities by next fall, to be offered to juniors and seniors. It had estimated the cost of the project between $29 million and $30 million.

Missouri State officials say the three bids ranged from $33.5 million to $34.7 million.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that after receiving the bids, the school's board of governors pulled an agenda item to choose a contractor from its Friday meeting in West Plains.

School officials say they still plan to build the project but might try to cut the costs.

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