September 11th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

A high-profile construction project in Kelly/Shorts Stadium that was dubbed the “focal point” for Central Michigan University has been scaled back from its original design due to higher-than-projected building costs. Approved by the board of trustees in September 2018, the $32.5 million Chippewa Champions Center will include multi-use events centers, new locker rooms and a nutrition and rehabilitation center for athletes. However, the project is significantly different now compared to what was announced in Spring 2018. The most notable change is the elimination of the entire third floor from the building. As the project moved forward and the new $1.5 million scoreboard was installed, it was determined that it would cost an additional $7.1 million more than the amount that was originally approved, said President Robert Davies. The third floor of the building, which would have housed offices for Advancement Department administrators was eliminated from the design plan. Much of the funding for the $32.5 million building will come from game guarantees in the upcoming football seasons. – Melissa Frick, Central Michigan Life, Read More

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