For Immediate Release: February 20th, 2013
Bill to complete UA Engineering facilities moves on to Senate Finance Committee
Senate Bill 40 appropriates funding to complete the upgrade of inadequate and outdated UAA and UAF engineering facilities
JUNEAU – The Senate Education Committee today passed legislation to complete University of Alaska engineering facilities. Sponsored by Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage), Senate Bill 40 appropriates the second half of funding needed to renovate existing buildings and complete construction of updated facilities at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The proposal now goes before the Senate Finance Committee.
“We have heard from industry and engineering professional organizations about the importance of adequate lab space and facilities for many years now. I am pleased this appropriation will be before the Senate Finance Committee as they consider capital budget priorities,” said Senator Johnny Ellis.
With broad bipartisan and public support, the 27th Alaska Legislature funded the modernization of existing outdated facilities and the site preparation, foundation and super structure for sorely needed new buildings. This appropriation is the final half of the funding necessary to complete the projects at both campuses.
“Completing these projects is a common sense investment in our engineering students today, as well as in the young people who will be the next generation of Alaska engineers. Building the infrastructure necessary to produce Alaska grown engineers is about creating opportunity for our young people to live and work in Alaska,” said co-sponsor Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage).
Senate Bill 40 now heads to the Senate Finance Committee. The cost to complete the projects is $108.9 million, $60.6 million for UAA and $48.3 million for UAF. UAF intends to bond for an additional $10 million.
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