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2016 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 six proposed projects approved by the Board of Regents.


Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement

$100 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. Projects fall into four categories: (1) health, safety, and accessibility; (2) building systems; (3) utility infrastructure; and (4) energy efficiency.

Project description (PDF)


Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building.

Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building

$27.2 million in state funding

Construct a 58,000-square-foot science and engineering building with flexible wet and dry labs to support all STEM programs on the Duluth campus. The existing chemistry building serves over 5,500 students, but is almost 70 years old and not designed for chemistry programs.

Project description (PDF)


Health Sciences Education Facility.

Health Sciences Education Facility

$66.7 million in state funding

Create a new education and training facility for the Academic Health Center to support interdisciplinary team-based learning and care. With 70 percent of our state's health professionals educated at the AHC, this facility will advance integrated health care in Minnesota.

Project description (PDF)


Plant Growth Research Greenhouse.

Plant Growth Research Facility

$4.4 million in state funding

Build an efficient facility to protect the University's rare-plants collection and provide hands-on learning opportunities for Minnesota's future plant geneticists, growers, and agriculture and environmental scientists.

Project description (PDF)


Academic and Student Experience Investments.

Academic and Student Experience Investments

$16 million in state funding

Convert obsolete spaces on the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Twin Cities campuses into modern spaces to meet the needs of today's programming and provide new learning opportunities across Minnesota.

Project description (PDF)


Pillsbury Hall Renovation.

Pillsbury Hall Renovation

$22 million in state funding

Renovate obsolete science facilities with modern teaching, learning, and research spaces to serve over 6,000 students studying humanities programs. Pillsbury Hall is one of the Twin Cities campus's oldest and most iconic buildings.

Project description (PDF)



Project Name Project Total (in millions*) U of M Investment (in millions) Request (in millions)
HEAPR $100.0 N/A $100.0
Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science $40.8 $13.6 $27.2
Health Sciences Education Facility $100.0 $33.4 $66.7
Plant Growth Research Facility $6.6 $2.2 $4.4
Academic and Student Experience Investments $24.0 $8.0 $16.0
Pillsbury Hall Renovation $33.0 $11.0 $22.0
TOTAL $304.4 $67.8 $236.3

Projects are listed in priority order

*Dollar amounts are rounded up. Columns may not tally due to rounding.