The following projects will be submitted for funding to the Utah State Legislature in 2011. The projects have been reviewed and accepted by the Board of Trustees and State Board of Regents and will next be presented for approval to the State Building Board and the Utah State Legislature, which runs Jan. 24 through March 10.
Upgrade to the high-temperature water and high-voltage electrical infrastructure
The HPER mall is closed to pedestrian traffic to accommodate major repairs and replacement of leaking and deteriorating high-temperature water lines and construction of a new utility tunnel. Approximately $13.3 million in state funding is needed to complete the high-temp water project. Improvements will include increased automation and insulated pipes. The University relies on the high-temp water system for heating classrooms, offices, and research areas. The high voltage electrical upgrade will take a number of years to complete and will require more than $85.7 million. The University is requesting $50 million from the Legislature for upgrading the electrical system. With three substations on campus, most of the systems are more than 50 years old. Because state funding usually goes toward construction of new buildings, it’s hard to get funding for infrastructure. This reveals a major gap in the state’s funding structure. The money will pay for new wiring, equipment, duct banks, transformers, switches, etc. that provide the U’s power needs. It is not for capacity increases. Funding for increased capacity comes from “impact fees” assessed to new projects. The high-temp water and high-voltage system upgrades will be a three-to-five year project. The entire project will likely cost $99 million.
University Hospital/Primary Children’s Ambulatory Care Complex Parking
The ambulatory care complex was approved last year. It was not known how much parking would be needed in Phase I of the project, but it was known that there would be space required for parking. The building is a next step in the eventual decant of the approximately 650,000-square-foot School of Medicine (SOM) building so that it can be demolished. Many of the recently completed projects in that area have been constructed to allow for the SOM building to be razed. The new parking structure will provide approximately 400 parking spaces for the University and 800 spaces for Primary Children’s Medical Center. The structure will be built underneath the two buildings and into the grade of the hill so the east side will be at street level and the west will be three to four levels high. The parking structure will cost approximately $16 million.
University of Utah Health Care Medical Services Building
This project is somewhat unusual for the U because it is off-campus and usually the University’s off-campus clinical properties are leased. The new medical services building will consolidate three clinical units (dermatology, OB/GYN, and ophthalmology) currently located in separate clinics in various locations in Salt Lake County into a new 70,000-square-foot facility in a central location in the valley. The land will be purchased by the University. It is anticipated to cost $25.5 million.
Dee Glenn Smith Athletics Center Expansion
This expansion project will provide improved sports training facilities, athletic lounges, classroom support space, and an eating facility, which is an NCAA compliance requirement. The project will remove 25,000 square feet of the existing building by demolishing the northern portion of the facility. The new facility will be approximately 50,000 square feet. Its height will be similar to what now exists, but it will not be as high as either the Eccles Field House or the tennis facility. The building will be constructed farther east than the existing structure but will not go beyond the setback established by the tennis facility. This project is expected to cost $20 million, all with donated funds.