The University maintains a list of capital investment projects approved by the Board of Regents requesting funding from the state legislature. These building and infrastructure projects align with the strategic goals of the University to recruit and retain the best and brightest students, to recruit and support innovative and world class faculty and staff, and to inspire innovation, exploration and discovery, all while being responsible stewards of resources.
Below are the three projects that the Board of Regents is requesting be funded by the state during the 2015 legislative session.
$55 million in state funding
Maximize the effectiveness and extend the life of the University of Minnesota’s 29 million square feet of infrastructure. The University allocates HEAPR funding systemwide using a formula based on total campus square footage and facility condition. HEAPR projects fall into four categories: (1) health, safety, and accessibility; (2) building systems; (3) utility infrastructure; and (4) energy efficiency.
$18 million in state funding
Replace three obsolete veterinary isolation laboratories with one research facility that includes 20,000 square feet of high biosafety level laboratory space and 10,000 square feet of animal holding space. This new facility will allow Minnesota to become a leader in infectious diseases research and will protect the health of Minnesotans and livestock.
$4 million in state funding
Build an efficient greenhouse to protect and provide access to the University’s rare-plant collection. This new facility will provide hands-on learning opportunities for Minnesota’s future plant geneticists, growers, and environmental scientists.