Improvement projects, budget are on the August regents agenda

Approval of Iowa State's budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 and updates on two searches, ISU president and board executive director, are on the agenda when the state Board of Regents meets telephonically Wednesday, Aug. 2.

The meeting will originate from the board office in Urbandale at 1:30 p.m. Audio of the meeting will be livestreamed on the board's website.

The FY18 general university operating budget of $652.8 million is about 2.5 percent larger than the beginning FY17 budget a year ago. The incremental change includes $26 million in additional tuition revenue to counter an $11.5 million cut in state operating support.

The board's property and facilities committee also will review a $2.1 million proposal from ISU recreation services to improve the intramural fields east of the Maple Willow Larch residence complex. The project would regrade the fields to improve drainage, install an automatic irrigation system and add lighting so the fields can be used after dark by sports clubs and intramural programs. The proposal is scheduled for final board approval also at this meeting.

Final board approval also is anticipated for:

  • Schematic design and budget ($2.75 million) for a radiation therapy addition to the Veterinary Medicine small animal hospital for treating pets with cancer. The premanufactured structure includes a shielded treatment room containing radiation equipment, control room, storage and mechanical space. Construction would begin in October, with occupancy within five months. Proposed funding sources are university funds, a capital appropriation and private gifts.
  • Schematic design and budget ($2.2 million) for a remodel and addition to the southwest corner of Sukup Hall to add an in-floor vehicle chassis dynamometer in the existing vehicle power systems lab. Construction would occur from January to June 2018. About 80 percent of the funding is private gifts, with the rest university funds.