$13 million housing project to add 234 beds at CMU

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo After the big reveal of the Garfield Residence Hall in the Fall, CMU officials have had plans for another dorm in the works.

An outside firm's study found a need for 520 extra beds. Usually CMU builds a new complex every two years, but because of the study results officials said they have cautiously picked up the pace.

"We've decided actually to move a little more quickly but still deliberately to make sure we don't get ourselves in trouble," President Tim Foster, CMU.

The construction will take place in different phases and add "L" shaped wings next to Garfield Hall. The first phase adds 99 beds and will be ready for next Fall's freshmen. The second phase will add another 135 beds and is expected to be complete by the start of the 2015 Spring semester.

The total cost is $13 million paid by revenue bonds.

After the second phase of the project there are plans to add two more wings behind the residence halls. At the end of construction, CMU will be able to house 800 students.

Colorado Mesa University currently has the capacity to house over 2,200 students in 11 residence halls and this Fall there was a 97% occupancy rate.

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