2014 Capital Request

The 2014 bonding bill included $119.4 million for University of Minnesota requested capital investment projects. The bill fully funded two requested projects: $56.7 million for Tate Science and Teaching Renovation and $10 million for the Campus Wellness Center. Three University projects received partial funding: $42.5 million for HEAPR, $8.7 million for the Laboratory Improvement Fund, and $1.5 million for the Chemical Sciences and Advanced Research Materials Building. 

View a comparion of the proposals and outcome.


Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR)

Total project cost: $100 million
$100 million in state funding

Maximize the effectiveness and extend the life of the University’s nearly 28 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; (4) energy efficiency. List of projects.

Project summary (PDF).

Student working at a table with Tate behind them.

Tate Science and Teaching Renovation

Total project cost: $85 million
$56.7 million in state funding

Renovate the building’s obsolete labs and antiquated classrooms into vibrant, flexible spaces to bolster instruction, research, and support services of the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Earth Sciences.  In addition, the project will ensure that Tate retains its architectural character as part of the Northrop Mall Historic District.

Project summary (PDF).

Map showing the proposed location of the Microbial Sciences Research Building.

Microbial Sciences Research Building

Total project cost: $45 million
$30 million in state funding

Construct a new chemistry and biology based experimental laboratory building on the St. Paul campus to become the home of non-medical life sciences fields such as plant pathology, animal infectious diseases, microbial systems, synthetic biology, and fungal evolution. The space will accommodate 30-35 researchers in these fields.

Project summary (PDF).

Arial photograph of Crookston campus.

Campus Wellness Center

Total project cost: $15 million
$10 million in state funding

Design, renovate, and expand the existing Crookston campus wellness and recreation center to serve the growing resident population. The project will support the teaching and learning mission of the University by fostering student success and development.

Project summary (PDF).

Two men looking into a plant growth chamber.

Laboratory Improvement Fund

Total project cost: $18 million
$12 million in state funding

Renovate strategic research facilities to remain nationally competitive and recruit and retain top faculty.  The lab improvements will support research in areas such as bees, greenhouses, and aquatic invasive species.

Project summary (PDF).

Woman wearing safety goggles in laboratory.

Chemical Sciences and Advanced Materials Building

Total project cost: $36 million
$24 million in state funding

Build a new facility to meet the research and undergraduate instruction needs of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering on the Duluth campus.  In addition to chemistry and biochemistry instructional laboratories and space for research on environmental remediation and energy production and storage, the building will include sorely needed active-learning classrooms.

Project summary (PDF).

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