The University of Minnesota Duluth has postponed construction on a $70 million housing and dining project by a year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Given the uncertainty in the construction job market, supply chains, and costs, we determined that it is best to postpone our Residence Hall and Dining Hall projects that were scheduled to start this spring," UMD spokeswoman Lynne Williams said in an email to the News Tribune. "Design on the projects is completed."

News of the delay was first reported by Finance & Commerce. Williams said the UMD campus was informed of the delay in late March via email.

Construction was expected to begin this spring with completion by summer 2021. That schedule will be pushed back by one year.

The project is funded by revenues generated by UMD's housing services and is not publicly funded.

As the News Tribune reported in July, the 10-story dormitory will be the tallest building on campus, providing housing for 350 students. The new dining facility will support those additional students living on campus as well as ease the burden on the school's current dining hall, which is at capacity.

The housing complex will be built along Maplewood Court on the northwestern edge of UMD's campus, south of St. Marie Street and west of Kirby Drive. The dormitory, which will adjoin to the existing Griggs Hall, will feature traditional single and double rooms.

The new dining facility will be built next to UMD's current dining hall, which sits above Kirby Drive next to the Kirby Student Center, and will be separate from the existing space, connected only by an external hallway.