December 7th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Having asked in September for proposals from contractors interested in building a new $10 million Finkbine Golf Clubhouse capable of supporting championship-level tournaments, the University of Iowa is asking again — after every bid came in over budget. UI last week issued a new ask of prospective contractors but this time for a scaled-down replacement of the 53-year-old, 5,400-square-foot club house abutting the historic Finkbine Golf Course. Instead of spending $7.5 million to build a new 23,000-square-foot facility — which would have more than quadrupled the size of the old one in hopes of attracting regional and national tournaments and the revenue that comes with it — the UI is looking to spend $7 million on a 19,000-square-foot facility. The project, originally slated for completion by spring 2019, also aimed to accommodate a golf cart fleet on the lower level. But when bids came in mid-September for the total $10 million project — including $7.5 million in construction costs, plus expenses for things like planning and design, furniture and equipment, and contingency — all four respondents said they’d need to spend more. -Vanessa Miller, The Gazette, Read More

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