CSC Rangeland Center behind schedule

One of the three capital construction projects underway at Chadron State College isn't going quite as fast as scheduled, but is still moving ahead steadily.

Vice President of Administration Dale Grant says the $2.9-million dollar Coffee Agriculture Pavilion...the first phase of the Rangeland Center going up on the southeast corner of the campus...will likely miss its planned opening date of late August by about 2 months.

Grant says there are two major reasons the Coffee Pavilion...primarily an indoor arena...is behind: the weather and scheduling problems for the contractor...Sampson Construction.

Most people have no idea how far along the pavilion is because it can't be seen from the north as it sits on the south slope of a hill just east of the Burkheiser Complex and the CSC softball field. Grant says the location was picked to lessen the impact on the rest of the Chadron.

Sampson Construction will be the contract/construction-manager-at-risk for the second phase of the Rangeland Center, which will include the CSC herbarium, classrooms, offices, and laboratories for the school's ag, rangeland, and wildlife programs. Grant expects construction early next year.

The state's capital fund budget approved by the legislature earlier this year and signed by the governor included $3.7-million for the Phase II project...which is tentatively scheduled to open for fall of 2015.

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