Regents approve 2004 capital request

Jake Weyer

By restoring existing buildings and constructing new ones, the University hopes to improve the student experience and research facilities, officials said in a presentation to the Board of Regents on Friday.

At the meeting, regents approved the University’s 2004 capital request to the Legislature and discussed a six-year capital improvement plan for future requests. The next capital requests will be in 2006 and 2008.

Some of the University’s proposed project buildings are Kolthoff Hall, Scott Hall and the Bell Museum of Natural History.

The 2004 request includes approximately $155 million in state bonds and a $33 million contribution from the University. The average request in state aid between 2004 and 2008 is approximately $170 million, University President Bob Bruininks said.

Of approximately $637 million in requested state funding through 2008, 73 percent is planned for the renovation and renewal of buildings on campus and 27 percent is for new construction.