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Big projects set for NDSU, UND

The North Dakota Board of Higher Education Thursday approved several projects for the state’s largest universities, including more funding for athletic facilities, totaling more than $132 million.

The board approved four UND building projects for more than $60 million, including using private funds to expand the scope of the university’s High Performance Center.

At North Dakota State University, more than $72 million in projects received approval. Among the projects is the Sanford Health Athletic Complex, formerly the Bison Sports Arena.

The board authorized UND to:

  • Seek budget section approval of an Aerospace building project in the event that challenge funds become available. The $25 million Center for Aerospace Research will be constructed and owned by the UND Aerospace Foundation. The foundation currently has $8 million available, but must secure the entire cost before construction can begin. The proposed project is to build a classroom and research facility of approximately 65,000 square feet. The facility would be connected to Ryan Hall.
  • Proceed with the construction of the Collaborative Energy Center at a cost of $15.5 million, with the funding coming from gifts, donations and matching grants. The project includes construction of a 30,000-square-foot building that will be a research and education facility. The CEC would be a combination of several strategic initiatives for the College of Engineering and Mines.
  • Increase the cost of phase one of an athletics indoor practice facility from $13.5 million to $19.5 million. All of the project will be paid with private funds. The practice facility, also known as the High Performance Center, will be constructed in two phases. The first phase will include an indoor football and track and field facility. The second phase would include construction of a multipurpose training and administrative facility that also provides classrooms, a sports medicine clinic, strength and weight training area and administrative space. The facility will be located at the former site of the Winter Sports Arena and adjacent to the Memorial Stadium and the EERC Research Campus. The source of funding is the UND Foundation. Further authorization from the board will be needed to start the second phase.
  • Proceed with repairs to the Hyslop Pool at a cost estimate of $450,000. The project includes the replacement of pool filtration equipment to meet requirements for water quality. State appropriations would pay for the project.

At NDSU, the board authorized:

  • Increasing the project authorization of the Sanford Health Athletic Complex, formerly the Bison Sports Arena, from $35.4 million to $41 million. The renovation would include a 5,700-seat basketball and wrestling arena, an eight-lane indoor track, a two-court basketball practice facility and an area for strength training, sports medicine, rehabilitation and an academic wing.
  • Spend $8.6 million to refinance housing and facilities bonds.
  • Increase the Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology project from $660,000 to $4.3 million.
  • Spend $570,000 for renovation of the library storage building that contains NDSU archives. The work would be paid for with appropriated funding.
  • Spend $100,000 for removal of a seed house at North Central Research and Extension Center.
  • Increase spending for an expansion of Northern Crops Institute’s feed mill equipment from $100,000 to $927,000.