UA Asks Contractor to Hand Over Records on Dorm

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The University of Arkansas says it has asked a private construction firm to hand over documents on its contract to build a dorm in Fayetteville, papers that were the focus of a state Supreme Court ruling last month.

The university said it has asked Nabhold Construction Corp. to turn over the financial records detailing the cost of building the Northwest Quad.  The Contractors for Public Protection Association had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents in late October.

The university said in a news release that it maintains that Nabholz is the custodian of the records, but said it had requested the documents as a good faith attempt to disclose the information.

The Arkansas Supreme Court last month ruled that Nabholz did not have to release the documents directly to the association.  Nabholz had appealed a lower court's order to release the documents, arguing that a private company is not subject to the state public records law.

The university said in its release that its attorneys would review the records for any exemptions before handing them over to the association.  Jeffrey Moore, an attorney for Nabholz, wrote in a letter to the university Tuesday that it would hand over the documents.

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