Washington State University’s top construction spending requests have made it into the state senate’s bipartisan capital budget proposal.
The draft two year budget calls for 145 million dollars in state allocations for construction projects at WSU. The institution’s top priority is the new Schweitzer Engineering Hall on the Pullman campus for the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. The senate budget allocates 40 million dollars to help pay for construction. Another 20 million dollars for the work has been donated to WSU be SEL and Ed and Beatriz Schweitzer.
The senate capital budget version includes 22 million dollars to renovate portions of Eastlick, Abelson and Bustad Halls in Pullman. Another 10 million dollars is earmarked to renovate the WSU Knott Dairy Farm outside Pullman. The College of Veterinary Medicine is slated to receive 8 million dollars to renovate two floors of Bustad Hall.
State lawmakers in the house are still crafting their capital construction budget proposal. The two chambers will then negotiate a final spending plan before the session ends April 23rd.