Regents Approve UA Capital Plan

Sept. 27, 1999

The Arizona Board of Regents gave conceptual approval on Sept. 23 for two University capital projects: a $4.25 million technology building for UA South in Sierra Vista and a $3.72 million 80-bed addition to the Pima House residence hall.

The projects are small pieces of an ambitious capital improvement plan for fiscal years 2000-2003 that the board approved at that meeting. The two-year capital plan for 2000-2001 lists 14 capital projects funded from a variety of sources totaling $192 million.

In addition, another four projects totaling $56 million have been identified initially for those years.

For the 2002-2003 years, the University projects another 17 capital improvements totaling $149 million.

According to material supplied to the regents, the capital projects are designed to accomplish two main goals: to enhance the academic environment and improve campus life facilities.

Highlights under academic enhancement include new chemistry and engineering facilities as well as expansion of optical sciences and a school of public health.

Campus life improvements include Park Student Union renovation, a faculty office building, expansion of the Gittings dance facility and a new swimming pool.

Debt service as a percentage of tuition for existing bonds is 16.2 percent. Projected debt service based on full implementation of the campus improvement plan would rise to 19.6 percent, within guidelines of bonding agencies for top ratings. The projects are listed by priority:
For 2000 through 2001
1. Main Library improvements – renovation and expansion; cost: $13.3 million from multiple sources.
2. McKale Athletic Performance Center – addition of weight room and heritage hall; cost: $13.5 million from gifts.
3. Arizona State Museum – renovation and expansion; cost: $26 million from various sources.
4. Pima House – addition; cost: $3.72 million from certificates of participation.
5. Residence hall construction – new; cost:$32.;2 million from certificates of participation.
6. Health and Wellness Commons – new; cost: $14.5 million from certificates of participation.;
7. Strategic Alternative Learning Technologies center – new; cost: $2.7 million from gifts.
8. Tyndall Avenue parking structure – new; cost: $12.6 million from certificates of participation.
9. Infrastructure improvements – renovation of campus utilities and roads; cost: $16.7 million from academic revenue bonds.
10. Academic Technology Building at UA South – new; cost: $4.25 million in state general funds.
11. Chemistry addition – expansion of Old Chemistry; cost: $19.1 million from academic revenue bonds.
12. Environment and Natural Resources building phase II – cost: $19.4 million in federal funds.
13. Transit facility – new; cost: $14 million from certificates of participation.
14. KUAT-TV conversion to digital broadcasting – infrastructure and equipment; cost: $6 million from multiple sources.

Four other projects that have had prior regents approval:
1. Life Sciences North – finish shell space; cost: $6 million from academic revenue bonds.
2. Graduate and family housing – new to replace Christopher City complex; cost: $26 million from multiple sources.
3. Meinel Optical Sciences addition – expansion to optics building; cost: $8.5 million
from academic revenue bonds.
4. Psychology addition – expansion of laboratory and office space; cost: $9.3 million from academic revenue bonds.

From the 2002 and 2003 fiscal years
(These projects are too distant to have received any board approvals):
1. Mathematics and computer sciences expansion – additional research and instructional space; cost: $17.4 million from academic revenue bonds.
2. Pharmacy Building addition – additional space for classrooms and research laboratories; cost: $15 million from academic revenue bonds.
3. Medical Sciences Building – new would replace existing temporary research buildings; cost: $15.7 million from academic revenue bonds.
4. Architecture addition – expansion of space; cost: $4 million from gifts.
5. Astronomy/ Planetary Sciences – office space; cost: $9.1 million from research revenue bonds.
6. Arts Oasis – new public plaza between the College of Architecture and the Music and Fine Arts buildings; cost: $3.9 million from gifts.
7. Poetry Center – new building; cost: $4 million in gifts.
8. School of Public Health – new; cost: $10 million in gifts.
9. Institute for Children, Youth and Families – new building to coordinate research; cost: $4.5 million in gifts.
10. Agricultural Extension complex in Yuma – new; cost: $3 million in gifts.
11. Park Student Union renovation – expansion; cost: $4 million from other sources.
12. Herring Hall renovation – renovate College of Agriculture building built in 1903; cost: $2 million from other sources.
13. Relocation of UA physical plant support services; cost: $10 million from other sources.
14. Gittings addition – expansion of the dance division program space; cost: $9 million from multiple sources.
15. New swimming pool – additional pool to support UA intercollegiate sports programs; cost: $2.6 million from other sources.
16. Faculty Office Building – new; cost: $5 million from other sources.
17. Engineering Building – new; cost: $30 million from multiple sources.