Posted: June 15, 2005
Contact: Doug Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-201-1426
NOTE: Numbers have been updated since the original June 2005 release.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will ask the Legislature next year for $280.4 million for construction and remodeling projects statewide. The Board of Trustees today approved the list of 27 projects that will be submitted to the 2006 Legislature for funding.
The top priority is $110 million in repair and replacement projects on 53 campuses, including roof replacements, mechanical and electrical system repairs, and health and safety improvements.
"Just as responsible homeowners must make basic repairs and replace aging roofs, so must we. As stewards for a third of the state's buildings, we are particularly concerned about a growing backlog of repairs," said Chancellor James H. McCormick.
The remaining $170.4 million is being requested for 26 other capital improvement projects. Most of the projects have a science or technology component to better address the workforce needs of the technology, biotechnology, nursing and allied health industries. Other projects involve remodeling classrooms, laboratories and student services areas. Legislators will visit campuses around the state this summer and fall to become familiar with the capital requests.
In its recent regular session, the 2005 Legislature approved $213 million for 32 capital projects for the system. The Legislature did not pass a bonding bill in 2004.
"We will take a long stride forward in bringing some facilities up to date with the recently passed bonding bill. Other buildings need the same attention, however," said Clarence Hightower, the trustee who chairs the board's Finance and Facilities Policy Committee. "We're optimistic that the governor and Legislature will want to continue progressing at the same rate."
Board Chair Robert Hoffman added, "The needs for repairs, replacements, renovation and construction are certainly easy to document. We believe these are the most pressing capitol improvements at this time."
The 27 projects were winnowed from more than $500 million in requests submitted by the system's institutions. In January, teams of campus academic, technology, finance and facilities and system office representatives scored the proposals. Projects were selected to correspond directly with the Board's strategic plan that calls for increasing access and opportunity, strengthening community development and economic vitality, delivering high-quality learning options and services and fully integrating the system. The board also conducted public hearings before the chancellor made his recommendations.
Space to Learn: Shaping Minnesota's Future
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' 2006 Capital Budget Request (January 2006)
(3.0 MB PDF)
2006 project request descriptions
(single page PDF)
Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.