Board finalizes construction list |

Board finalizes construction list

CARSON CITY (AP) – A Nevada panel has finalized its list of recommended construction projects for the next two years – with a price tag of nearly $718 million in state funds.

The statewide building program was approved Monday by the state Public Works Board, with few changes from a tentative plan adopted a few weeks ago. The 2007 Legislature will have final say on the funding.

The list includes tens of millions of dollars for new prison construction, but no money for new classrooms, a proposed multi-campus health sciences center or other new buildings for the Nevada System of Higher Education.

The plan does include money to complete university projects that are now under way, such as a science, engineering and technology building being built at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Renny Ashleman, chairman of the Public Works Board, said agency staff would continue to work with the university system and its regents on the building priorities, but there’s not a lot of money to go around, and construction funds are usually not allocated until planning is complete.

Planning for the health sciences center, which would cost more than $200 million in its first phase, is ongoing.

“We are spectacularly out of money,” Ashleman said.

Executive Vice Chancellor Dan Klaich said the university system is seeking $140 million in state funds and $60 million in private funding for the multi-campus project, which is intended to increase the number of doctors and nurses in the state and expand the number of physician training programs.

Klaich said the university system will continue to pursue funding for the project from the governor and Legislature, adding that the center is a high priority for the state.

The Health Sciences Center is a university-based group of health education and biomedical research facilities. The proposed center would augment existing programs operating in Reno, Las Vegas and in rural locations.

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