U bonding priorities for 2020
The 2020 legislative session is still months away, but the University of Minnesota is identifying its priority building projects for the Legislature to consider in this year’s bonding bill. In mid-October, the Board of Regents approved the following priorities:
- Higher Education Asset Preservation and Repair: to help preserve and renew existing campus facilities through updates that will improve campus safety, accessibility, and energy efficiency.
- Child development building replacement: to support a redesign of the Twin Cities east bank building that houses the Institute of Child Development, the No. 1–ranked developmental psychology program in the country (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).
- A. B. Anderson Hall: to update mechanical and life-safety systems and modernize teaching space for more than 4,500 students on the Duluth campus who are studying communication, philosophy, history, and art.
- Chemistry undergraduate teaching laboratory: to replace obsolete facilities with an addition to Fraser Hall that will advance active learning of undergraduate chemistry on the Twin Cities campus.
- Clinical research facility and health sciences design: to fund design, land acquisition, site preparation, and preconstruction services for the facility, as well as predesign and design of related health sciences strategic reinvestment projects.
The proposal for the clinical research facility — the Medical School’s top legislative priority — calls for designing a patient-friendly facility on the Twin Cities campus that will include clinical research exam space and clinical trials support services.
The facility will strengthen the Medical School’s collaborations with the biomedical industry, increase the medical enterprise’s capacity to see patients, and enhance the school’s national prominence. It is the next step in the development of a new health sciences district that will improve patients’ access to advanced, high-quality care.
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