A Nevada panel has finalized its list of recommended construction projects for the next two years - with a pricetag of nearly $718 million in state funds.
The statewide building program was approved Monday by the state
Public Works Board, with few changes from a tentative plan adopted
a few weeks ago. The 2007 Legislature will have final say on the
The list includes tens of millions of dollars for new prison
construction, but no money for new classrooms, a proposed
multi-campus health sciences center or other new buildings for the
Nevada System of Higher Education.
The plan does include money to complete university projects that
are now under way, such as a science, engineering and technology
building being built at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Renny Ashleman, chairman of the Public Works Board, said agency
staff would continue to work with the university system and its
regents on the building priorities, but there's not a lot of money
to go around, and construction funds are usually not allocated
until planning is complete.
Planning for the health sciences center, which would cost more
than $200 million in its first phase, is ongoing.
"We are spectacularly out of money," Ashleman said.
Executive Vice Chancellor Dan Klaich said the university system
is seeking $140 million in state funds and $60 million in private
funding for the multi-campus project, which is intended to increase
the number of doctors and nurses in the state and expand the number
of physician training programs.
Klaich said the university system will continue to pursue
funding for the project from the governor and Legislature, adding
that the center is a high priority for the state.
The Health Sciences Center is a university-based group of health
education and biomedical research facilities. The proposed center
would augment existing programs operating in Reno, Las Vegas and in