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Construction of the Green Prairie Living and Learning Community (below) at the University of Minnesota, Morris continues on schedule. Work on the exterior finish is scheduled to begin next week while work on the interior continues. The building will house 72 students in suite-style dorms. This is the first first new dorm built on the campus in about 40 years. Dedication of the facility will be held during UMM’s Homecoming, Sept. 27-28 and a public open house will be held.

UMM's Green Dorm construction continues on schedule

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MORRIS, Minn.  -- Construction of the Green Prairie Living and Learning Community at the University of Minnesota, Morris remains on schedule.

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Construction site supervisor Rick Lock said this week that the recent storms have had no impact on the construction schedule and everything is right on track for students to move in by mid-August.

Lock said that’s remarkable, given the number of subcontractors and tradesmen who are working on the project.  

“Everyone is moving on site in a timely manner,” Lock said, and getting their work done.  He estimates that there are 300 different workers who have been part of the project since the beginning, with between 25 and 30 workers on site each day.  Most are on site for a short duration.  

Additionally, Lock said there have been no incidents or injuries on site.

“We have made good progress,” said Lock.  He expects the exterior finish will be trowelled on next week along with work on the sidewalks around the builing.  Following that, the landscaping will begin.  The parking lot will be constructed starting July 15 and furniture is scheduled to be moved in around Aug. 6.  

University of Minnesota, Morris vice chancellor for student affairs, Sandy Olson-Loy also notes that the project is on track for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.

The Green Prairie Living and Learning Community is the first new dorm built on the campus in about 40 years.

The $6.9 million project will house 72 students of all classes in suite-style dorms that will offer more single rooms than other campus housing options.

When students are away from campus for the summer, the new building will offer more opportunities to bring groups to campus for education and research.  

The site will include an orchard and edible landscaping, as well as gardens that will be used by students who live in the building.

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