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$4.3 million in state money sought for Anderson Hall renovation at UMD

The University of Minnesota is asking for $4.3 million from the state to renovate A.B. Anderson Hall on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. (Photo courtesy UMD)

Renovations for A.B. Anderson Hall on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus are on the list of capital requests for the coming two-year budget.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler outlined the university’s needs Wednesday at the Capitol. The capital requests include $4.3 million from the state for the Anderson Hall project, representing two-thirds of the projected $6.4 million cost. The university will pay the remaining share.

The renovations to Anderson Hall, which opened in the fall of 1970, will include 35,000 square feet of teaching space for more than 4,500 students studying communication, philosophy, history and art, according to the university. Mechanical and safety systems also will be modernized.

The capital requests also include $200 million from the state to preserve the lifespan and efficiency of the university’s 29 million square feet of infrastructure systemwide, as well as $28 million to renovate and partially demolish the 106-year-old Child Development Building on the Twin Cities campus.

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