TULALIP, Wash. The Board of Regents of Washington State University approved the university’s supplemental budget request for the upcoming legislative session at the regularly scheduled meeting Friday at the Tulalip Resort and Casino.
The largest item in the supplemental budget is a capital request for $35.8 million to complete funding for the Riverpoint Biomedical Building in Spokane. During the 2011 session, the Legislature appropriated $35 million to begin construction.
The university also is asking the state to make some technical corrections in its state allocation and provide full funding, as opposed to partial funding, for maintenance and operation of new buildings as had been done in the past.
Budget officials also will meet a request from the state for outlines of how the university might respond to additional reductions of five and 10 percent in its state allocation for this fiscal year. The complete packet is due to be delivered to the state on Sept. 22.
In other action, the board approved:
* an increase in the budget for ongoing renovation of the Duncan Dunn and Community residence halls on the Pullman campus from $21.6 million to $24.6 million. The increase, which will be paid from Housing and Dining cash reserves, was necessary in part because the buildings proved to be in worse condition than was originally believed.
* renaming the administration building at WSU Vancouver as the Dengerink Administration Building in honor of long-time chancellor Hal Dengerink, who recently retired after a distinguished 42-year career with the university.
* amendments to the investment policy statement of the consolidated endowment fund to reflect updated state regulations.
* a new framework for international operations to help facilitate establishment of WSU research, education and outreach operations in foreign countries.
During Thursday’s committee meetings, the board heard a progress update on the Martin Stadium project. The project and its funding plan will be on the regents’ agenda as action items at its November meeting.
The meeting was held in Tulalip to allow university leaders to meet with north Puget Sound community, business and education leaders to discuss WSU’s educational initiative in Everett.
The board’s next meeting will be Nov. 18 at WSU Spokane.