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July 22, 2010

Trustees OK $182.45 million capital budget

The two top projects in Pitt’s $182.45 million fiscal year 2011 capital budget are $70.1 million in renovations to Benedum Hall, home of the Swanson School of Engineering, and $34.2 million for the first phase of renovations and an addition to Parran/Crabtree Hall, which houses the Graduate School of Public Health.

The budget and executive committees of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved the capital budget July 16.

Arthur G. Ramicone, vice chancellor for Budget and Controller, said $65 million of the combined $104 million cost of the two projects comes from several years’ of capital project funding from the state.

In addition, $21 million of the total capital budget will come from education and general (E&G) funds, $15.2 million in auxiliary debt, $4.9 million in auxiliary reserves, $3.75 million from Senior Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences funds and $72.57 million from gifts and other sources.

In addition to the Benedum and Parran/Crabtree renovations, the capital budget includes the following E&G construction projects:

$7 million for an office and classroom building at Pitt-Greensburg.

$5.65 million for preservation/upgrades/utility infrastructure.

$5.35 million for Concordia Club renovations.

$4.7 million for Chevron Science Center 5th-floor renovations.

$3 million for the Barco law school student lounge.

$2.8 million for Pittsburgh campus programmatic renovations (excluding Health Sciences).

$1.5 million for classroom renovations.

$1.33 million for Victoria Hall renovations.

$1.32 million for regional campus preservation/programmatic renovations.

$1.14 million for information technology upgrades to various buildings.

$921,000 for the information technology backbone.

$904,000 for general campus security upgrades.

$350,000 for the Schools of the Health Sciences, including programmatic projects.

Non-E&G construction projects in the budget are:

$15.2 million for Bouquet Gardens expansion.

$4.5 million for an addition to Pitt-Titusville’s student union.

$2.18 million for housing renovations and preservation.

$1.37 million for other Pittsburgh campus auxiliary enterprises.

$1.34 million for other regional campus auxiliary and non-auxiliary projects.

$17.6 million for Senior Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences projects.

—Kimberly K. Barlow

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