Bonding bill brings dollars to campus

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gov. Pawlenty and other officials bring bonding bill dollars to campus

St. Cloud State swept through the Minnesota Legislature this year, picking up funding for several projects on campus. From left are: Dave Kleis ’89, St. Cloud mayor; Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Dan Severson ’78, R-Sauk Rapids; and Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud.

The Minnesota Legislature this spring approved funding for three construction projects and needed facility repairs at St. Cloud State: 

  • $15 million to complete planning and renovation of 75,000 square feet in Brown Hall for general science education as well as nursing, communication sciences and disorders and continuing studies programs. The project will bring the nursing program, currently housed in leased facilities off campus, to the main campus.
  • $900,000 in planning funds to create a 102,000-square-foot integrated science and engineering laboratory facility, projected to cost $42 million. Funds for construction, anticipated to start in 2011, will be requested in the 2010 session.
  • $6.5 million towards an addition and renovation project at the National Hockey Center (NHC). The original plan for the NHC project, which outlined a $14 million renovation, has been expanded to increase seating, athlete, coach and fan space and to create an event arena that St. Cloud does not have. The Center will be the southern anchor of a Fifth Avenue development project planned jointly by the City of St. Cloud, St. Cloud State and private enterprise.
  • Nearly $3.5 million in Higher Education Asset Preservation & Replacement funds for heating and ventilation system improvements and roof replacement.
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