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2015 capital request

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.


Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR)

$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.

Project summary (PDF)


Veterinary Isolation Laboratories Replacement.

Veterinary Isolation Laboratories Replacement

$18 million in state funding

Replace two obsolete veterinary isolation laboratories with a new biocontainment facility in St. Paul including large and small animal holding spaces. This new facility will allow Minnesota to become a leader in infectious diseases research and will protect the health of Minnesotans and livestock.

Project summary (PDF)


St. Paul Greenhouse Replacement.

St. Paul Greenhouse Replacement

$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.

Project summary (PDF)


Project Name Project Total University Investment Request
HEAPR $55M N/A $55M
Veterinary Isolation Labs Replacement $27M $9 $18M
St. Paul Greenhouse Replacement $6M $2M $4M
TOTALS $88M $11M $77M