Construction starts of green dorm in Morris

2:41 PM, Jan 20, 2013   |    comments
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MORRIS, Minn. - Workers have started to construct a green dorm at the University of Minnesota in Morris.

The West Central Tribune reports the $6.9 million project will house 72 students in suite-style dorms that will offer more single rooms than other campus housing options.

T.J. Ross, associate director of the Office of Residential Life, says the Green Prairie Living and Learning Community is the first new dorm built on the campus in about 40 years.

The building is designed to be LEED Gold certified, and will include regional and recycled materials, insulated concrete and energy-efficient systems. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Officials had been planning the dorm for five years. It's expected to be ready for students in the fall of 2013.

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