U of M President Kaler presents priorities to MN House Capital Investment Committee
Today, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler presented the University’s 2018 capital request to the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee. In his presentation, President Kaler was joined Board of Regents Chair David McMillan, three current U of M students, as well as Associate Professor of Dairy Products Technology Tonya Schoenfuss.
Below is a statement from President Kaler:
"I thank the members of the committee for the opportunity to discuss the University of Minnesota’s 2018 capital request, which is focused entirely on renewal of our aging buildings on our campuses and facilities across the state. There are no new shiny objects here. Our request is about renovating, restoring and re-imagining the oldest pieces of our 29 million square feet of space across our system. It’s about safety, reliability, energy efficiency and accessibility. But at its core, our capital request is about transforming our facilities—some of them built in the 19th century—into 21st century places of teaching, learning and research for the benefit of our students, our faculty and our state."
The University of Minnesota’s 2018 capital request includes four priority initiatives totaling $238.5 million in state funding to benefit laboratories, research centers, classrooms and outreach spaces across the state:
- Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) systemwide ($200 million)
- Greater MN Academic Renewal on the Duluth, Crookston and Morris campuses ($10.5 million)
- Pillsbury Hall Capital Renewal on the Twin Cities campus ($24 million)
- Glensheen Renewal in Duluth ($4 million)