Posted: June 18, 2003
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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will ask the Legislature next year to approve $275 million in construction and remodeling projects statewide. The Board of Trustees today approved the list of 32 projects that will be submitted to the 2004 Legislature for approval.
The top priority on the list is $100 million in repairs and revitalization of classrooms, laboratories and infrastructure such as roofs, mechanical and electrical systems, and health and safety improvements at all 53 campuses.
The balance of $175 million is being requested for 31 capital improvement projects including completion of science buildings at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Winona State University, a classroom and student services addition at Lake Superior College in Duluth, a classroom addition and workforce center at St. Cloud Technical College, and numerous other laboratory and classroom additions and renovations.
"As we serve increasing numbers of students, the need for updating and expanding space for high-demand programs is greater than ever," said Board Chair Mary Choate.
Legislators will visit campuses around the state this summer and fall to become familiar with the capital requests.
In its recent special session, the Legislature approved $59.7 million for 17 capital projects for the system that had been vetoed the previous year. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the state bonding bill last week at Southwest State University in Marshall.
"We are grateful to the Legislature and the governor for enabling us to move forward with these timely and much-needed improvements on our campuses," said Chancellor James H. McCormick.
Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.