Minnesota State Colleges and Universities presents 2005 request for capital improvement projects
January 13 , 2005
Contact: Melinda Voss, (651) 296-9443, email@example.com
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is asking for $292.6 million in capital projects in the 2005 legislative session after the Legislature last year adjourned without approving a bonding bill.
The $292.6 million in construction, renovation and repair projects in the renewed request will benefit every state college and university across Minnesota. Increases in construction costs will add an estimated 8.63 percent to the cost of the building projects in the request compared with last year, when the list totaled $274.9 million.
Top priority is a request for $108.6 million for repair and replacement projects on all campuses. These funds will be used to replace 2.2 million square feet of roofs, provide fire and safety improvements for 2.5 million square feet of space, and make mechanical and electrical improvements to 500,000 square feet of space.
The request also includes capital projects such as science space, laboratories and technology-equipped classrooms. Major construction projects include completion of science buildings at Winona State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 240,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 130,000 students in non-credit courses.
Note: The system's list of capital improvement projects is attached below.