PRCC Board picks contractor for dorms, revises plans for Forrest campus commons

PRCC Board picks contractor for dorms, revises plans for Forrest campus commons
The Board of Trustees for Pearl River Community College meets at the Forrest County Campus Tuesday. (Source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A construction contractor has been selected to complete a $13 million residence hall project on the Poplarville campus of Pearl River Community College.

Colony Construction of Hattiesburg was awarded the contract Tuesday during a meeting of the PRCC Board of Trustees at the Forrest County Campus in Hattiesburg.

Those two residence halls, consisting of 260 beds, will be built on the football practice field next to the football stadium.

New turf is being added to the stadium, so that practices can be held there.

PRCC president Adam Breerwood said the project should be complete by spring of 2021.

Meanwhile, during that Tuesday meeting, the Board of Trustees decided to revamp plans for a pedestrian commons on its Forrest County Campus.

It voted to reject current bids on the project and instead revise plans and rebid it.

The college wants to turn a parking lot at the center of campus into a commons area.

The cost of the project is about $375,000.

A grant from the Mississippi Department of Transportation is paying about 80% of the cost.

It will be the third round of bids on the project.

“[Initially] we had not enough bids in the price range, so we ended up having to rebid the project,” said Jana Causey, vice-president for Forrest County Operations at Pearl River Community College.

“Well, in the time that (those) bids came out, the price of materials had increased since that time. So today, our Board decided we were going to revamp that project. We made some modifications. We met with [Southern Dist. Transportation] Commissioner [Tom] King and we were able to secure a little more funding to help with that project.”

PRCC officials hope construction on that commons area will begin in the fall.

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