Officials: Dorms on schedule

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By David Giuliani

The construction of new dorms at Highlands University is on schedule, officials said last week.

“It’ll really be a step up for student life,” said Bill Taylor, the school’s vice president of finance. “The dorms are moving along nicely.”

Marisol Greene, the university’s director of facilities and planning, said the contractor, Franken Construction, has finished much of the outside work and is now focusing on the inside.

“We are on target,” she said.

President James Fries said the contractor is working hard to get the project done on time, noting that he has seen workers there during nights and weekends.

The university is hoping to have the project ready by the fall semester in 2009.

The residence hall will cover 100,000 square feet and house 276 students, with private bedrooms for all.

Highlands decided to undertake the $17 million project because of a big increase in freshmen in recent years.

Highlands is paying for the project with a loan, which will be paid for from the revenue from student rent payments.