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UMass trustees approve $3.1B capital plan

September 29, 2011

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AMHERST, Mass.—University of Massachusetts trustees have approved a five-year $3.1 billion capital plan to build and renovate science buildings, update dorms and improve athletic facilities with projects at all five of the system's campuses.

About one-third of the money approved Wednesday will go to the flagship Amherst campus, including a $182 million housing expansion, $157 million for science labs and a $20 million upgrade to the football stadium.

The plan includes a $350 million research center at the medical school in Worcester; a $152 million science complex at UMass-Boston; $115 for deferred maintenance at UMass-Lowell; and $75 million for dorm renovations at UMass-Dartmouth.

The plan includes a shift in funding to place less of a burden on the campuses with an increased a state contribution of 29 percent.