FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - The top floor and the built-in storm shelter have been removed from the planned new academic building for nursing at the University of North Alabama as cost-saving measures.
The building was redesigned after the first set of construction bids came in more than $7 million above the project's estimated cost. The university had priced the building at $13.5 million, but the low bid on the project was $20.9 million.
After all bids were rejected in April, the university engaged a consultant to work with the university and the project architect to find ways to lower the construction price on the building.
The project has been a priority since at least 2015 when efforts began to find private funding for the project. The university has secured at least $5.5 million in donations.
The new plans must be approved by the Alabama Building Commission. UNA Facilities Director Michael Gautney said the project will be rebid in February or March.
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