Rising Costs Are Slowing UNC Renovations
Renovation projects at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are being scaled back due to an increase in building materials and labor costs.
"The pace of construction from when I first got here has quadrupled," said Bruce Runberg, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction at UNC-Chapel Hill.
"I think they said in a couple of years, all of the rooms would have air conditioning, but the one I was assigned to did not have air conditioning," said Donovan Parker, a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Students may be living in hot dorm rooms longer than expected, because air conditioning is scheduled to be added one room at a time in Hinton-James due to those budget concerns.
Renovation at Ram Village Apartments finished in fall 2006. It cost $18 million more than budgeted, because material and labor costs increased nearly 40 percent.
A priority at UNC-Chapel Hill is to make sure all dorms are equipped with sprinklers for fire protection. Right now, just more than half of on-campus student rooms have them.