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N.D. colleges make construction pitches

MAYVILLE, N.D. - Presidents of 11 colleges and universities made their pitches Thursday for about $200 million in major building projects. The state Board of Higher Education will further review the requests and decide in June which projects to b...

MAYVILLE, N.D. - Presidents of 11 colleges and universities made their pitches Thursday for about $200 million in major building projects.

The state Board of Higher Education will further review the requests and decide in June which projects to bring to the Legislature for state funding.

The list includes initiatives to switch to clean coal or geothermal heating, renovations for aging classroom facilities and new building additions.

North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota officials each brought forward their top three requests and officials from the other campuses pitched their top two.

Highlights from the eastern North Dakota campuses are:

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- NDSU is asking for $10 million for Ceres Hall renovation, $3 million for Architecture Building/Ehly Hall renovation and $3 million for renovation of the Geosciences Building.

- UND requests $9.8 million for a renovation and addition to the law school; $13.5 million to leverage with other funding sources for a clean coal initiative; and $6.3 million for a clinical services training center.

- The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is requesting a new $28.9 million facility that is part of the school's overall proposal to expand the number of doctors it trains.

- North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton wants an estimated $8 million to $9 million to renovate Old Main and $10.5 million to expand Bisek Hall.

- Valley City State University officials asked for $10 million for to renovate and expand Rhoades Science Center and $3.3 million to renovate Vangstad Auditorium.

- Mayville State University is asking for $10.7 million to renovate and expand Old Main and $3.9 million for a renovation and addition to the fieldhouse.

Many of the projects aim to bring inadequate buildings up to code and modernize learning environments for students.

In addition, Minot State University is asking for $5 million in state funding to help fund a geothermal heating and cooling project.

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NDSU President Dick Hanson said in addition to the projects proposed Thursday, he'd like to see a design committee work with UND and the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton on a joint solution to a green heating system. The heating system at each of the three campuses is set to wear out at about the same time, Hanson said.

Reach Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590. The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the Herald are owned by Forum Communications Co.

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