UM System curators consider $54.1 million in construction at MU

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 11:45 a.m. CDT; updated 5:07 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 12, 2013

*An earlier headline on this story misstated the amount of money being considered for the projects.

COLUMBIA — More operating rooms, more private rooms and upgraded nursing stations are part of a pair of MU construction projects to be considered this week by the University of Missouri System Board of Curators.

Under plans detailed on the UM System's website, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute would get a 65,400-square-foot addition and other upgrades. University Hospital would get about $19.1 million in renovations on four of its floors.

The 3-year-old orthopaedic institute stands to gain $35 million in upgrades, including a 15,900-square-foot, enclosed walkway that would connect it to adjacent Parking Structure No. 7's second floor.

The addition would increase the number of operating rooms by four, up to 11 from seven. The new facility would feature additional recovery, clinical, radiology and pharmacy space, according to curators' meeting materials.

Construction would be completed in September 2016.

If the project is approved, $30 million of its $35 million price tag would be funded by debt financing; MU Health Care reserve funds would provide the remaining $5 million.

The 59-year-old University Hospital building stands to gain renovations for about 62,500 square feet, including "upgraded private patient rooms and information technology" for floors four through seven, according to curators' meeting materials.

MU Health Care reserve funds would pay about $19.1 million for the renovations. Construction on the hospital renovations would be completed in August 2015.

The curators also are set to review the system-wide retirement disability and death benefit plan, the physical facilities quarterly report and numerous human resource-related policies, including those dealing with employee personal leave, sick leave, vacation and death in the family.

The curators plan to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday in Stotler Lounge conference rooms N-1 through N-3 at MU’s Memorial Student Union.

Audio from the meetings will be streamed live.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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