Costs on Illinois Facility Project Jump 50 Percent

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The University of Illinois’ planned track and soccer complex might cause a case of sticker shock after it was reported that the price of the facility jumped by 50 percent.

The Champaign News-Gazette reports that the facility, which will include two new grass soccer fields, dual grandstands, and a 16,800-square-foot building to support the programs was originally estimated to cost just under $14 million. Now, costs are expected to be north of $20 million, with a variety of factors being blamed for the spike.

First of all, there’s competition. The school reportedly received fewer bids for contracts than it anticipated, in part because of other construction projects — including renovated high schools, new apartment buildings and other university projects — taking place in the area at the moment. With so much demand, firms are able to increase prices to match it.

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