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Construction is underway to fix UPikes newest building

University of Pikeville officials said that more than $30 million was spent on the new Coal Building and now a construction project is underway to correct a code violation.

The Coal Building has been open for less than one year but officials say it is already undergoing major construction.

The University's Vice President of Finance and Business, Doug Lange says, "We are in a project to reconfigure our two large lecture halls that we use as classrooms for our med students."

The small lecture hall has never been used and the larger lecture hall was briefly used at limited capacity until code evaluations found that the building was in violation of the Kentucky State Building Code.

While officials said they do not anticipate the construction project, they say that everyone is giving their best effort to fix the problem quickly and efficently as possible so the building can be adaqutely serving students.

Balconies are being added to the lecture hall to increase the floor space.

Officials say the price tag of this project is $2.3 million and the lecture halls will be ready for students by July 15th.

Filed under: Pike Co. | Schools


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