State Board of Regents Planning and Facilities Committee to address five-year plans

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 05, 2013 5:00 AM

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The state Board of Regents Property and Facilities Committee will consider recommending to the regents a vote on a five-year, state-funded capital plan at their meeting on Sep. 10.

This capital plan, voted on every five years, funds improvement and construction projects for the regent universities.

The plan calls for $689.4 million in funding for fiscal years 2015-2019 for all regent universities.

Roughly $205 million in additional funding will be put into the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and another $6 million will be put toward the replacement of and improvements for the UI College of Pharmacy Building.

Last year, legislators cut the university’s request for a $6 million budget for the pharmacy reneovation in half because they did not want to give out so much the first year, said Sheila Koppin, the communications director for the regents. The $3 million request was still rejected.

This year, the university is asking for $6 million once again because delaying the renovation caused the cost to rise because of inflation.

The overall five-year plan includes $175 million to correct fire and environmental safety deficiencies and deferred maintenance in all of the regent universities. It will provide campus safety improvements and address regulatory compliance.

These funds would correct the $567 million in deficiencies reported to the regents in February.

Projects to be addressed in the UIHC budget include remodeling and renovation projects such as roof replacements, heating, elevator replacements, ventilating and air-conditioning, and commencement of conversions of inpatient units to single-bed patient rooms.

— by Megan Deppe

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