Funding for USU science building comes together as legislative session comes to a close

Rendering of the new Life Sciences Building currently under construction at USU by VCBO Architects, Salt Lake City.

The 2018 session of the Utah legislature will all be over on Thursday, March 8 at the stroke of midnight. State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, feels that it has been a very good session this year and does not expect any last-minute negative surprises.

He says right now there is a struggle to decide what buildings to fund.

“I was very, very pleased that we were able to get the (Utah State University) science building finished,” Hillyard exclaims. “That’s been a project for about two years. We did it piecemeal because of the budget, with clearly the understanding that we would finish the rest this year.

“It didn’t look like that when we started the session. We were able to make some headway there and convince people that the building is needed, and it is halfway paid for, it would be really foolish not to finish it with the equipment and everything is already in place.”

He says it would cost a lot more to have to come back next year or the year after that to get the building finished. The Life Sciences building is currently under construction and the legislature approved $38 million of the $45 million price tag for the building.

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