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University wish list approved

The Associated Press

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) ” Regents have approved a $376.5 million “wish list” for new buildings and improvements at Nevada colleges and universities ” but they aren’t counting on getting much from the 2009 Legislature.

Keeping the state’s cash-strapped economy in mind, regents voted Thursday for 36 capital improvement projects as submitted by the presidents of the four public community colleges, the state college, two universities and the Desert Research Institute.

The list had two tiers, with 16 projects at the top for a total of $236.5 million and 20 others worth $140 million in the bottom tier. The board is scheduled to vote on priorities June 12-13 in Reno.

Reno Regent Jason Geddes urged the board to increase the priority of about $65 million in safety and handicap access issues at the various campuses.

Executive Vice Chancellor Dan Klaich said there is a “huge deferred maintenance backlog on every one of our campuses,” but that legislators are less likely to approve state funding for “less attractive” maintenance projects than they are for new buildings.

Several presidents assured Geddes the maintenance needs at their campuses could be postponed to allow more urgently needed building projects without compromising safety.

At the top of the list is $36 million to complete a medical education learning lab at the University of Nevada, Reno. That’s followed by $29.5 million to complete an advanced clinical training-research facility at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Other top priorities include $30 million for a new nursing and science building at Nevada State College; and $31 million for remodeling and retrofitting projects at the College of Southern Nevada.

Also high on the list is $3 million for Truckee Meadows Community College to plan for a new Spanish Springs satellite campus; $25 million for a new UNLV hotel college academic building; and $4 million for UNR’s Davidson Math and Sciences Center.

Other high-priority projects include $6 million for the Desert Research Institute to plan a research and office facility at UNLV; and $16 million for UNR’s Center for Molecular Medicine.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com


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