2015 Capital Request

The 2015 bonding bill, passed in a special session, included $26.5 million in state funding for two University of Minnesota capital investment projects.

Fully funded:

  • Veterinary Isolation Laboratories Replacement - $18 million

Funded, not requested:

  • Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory - $8.5 million

Not funded:

  • HEAPR - $55 million
  • St. Paul Greenhouse Replacement - $4 million

View a summary of projects and costs (PDF).

Below are the three projects that the Board of Regents requested state funding for during the 2015 legislative session.

HEAPR

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)

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Veterinary Isolation Laboratories Replacement

$18 million in state funding
$9 million in University Invesment
$27 million project total

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)

Plant Growth Research Facility

St. Paul Greenhouse Replacement

$4 million in state funding
$2 million in University investment
$6 million project total

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)

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