Howard College Construction Costs Lower Than Expected

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Everyone has suffered through the economic downturn but for Howard College, there is a silver lining in that cloud.

The construction has been going on for while at the college but turns out the money they are spending is going farther.

School officials tell NewsWest 9, the slowed economy is helping reduce prices on their remodeling project at the science building.

This made the bids for phase 3 of the construction lower than expected.

The college will be saving approximately 21 percent of the total cost of the planned 1.3 million dollars they were ready to spend.

They say this will not only help them complete their project, but also get to work on other parts of the school.

"The savings that we realized on these recent projects will help us, not only, complete everything we want to do and need to do, but it will help us to do many things that we will like to do," Howard College Executive Vice-President, Terry Hansen, said.

In this part of the project, they will be renovating the science building, upgrading the labs and offices. The construction is expected to be completed in the next 14 to 17 months.