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Officials say new UW dorms should be funded by state

July 10, 2018

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Legislative Services Office says it would be better to pay for the rebuilding of the University of Wyoming’s aging dormitories with state funding rather than a public-private partnership.

The Laramie Boomerang reports the construction of the new dorms is expected to cost between $250 and $400 million. Those are estimates for dorms that hold 1,000-2,000 beds in total, with construction costs averaging $100,000 per bed.

Members of a task force made up of state legislators and university administrators said Monday that the costs could be much cheaper and cited other public universities that have recently built dorms with pricing as cheap as $25,000 per bed.

Deputy Director of Facilities Construction Matt Kibbon says the construction could actually cost more than $100,000 per bed since the state has a “unique construction climate.”

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Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com

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