ISU seeks approval for $74.5 million biorenewables building

Project given initial go-ahead in 2006

Iowa State University will seek state regents approval next week for a $74.5 million Biorenewables Complex -- Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Building.

ISU requests approval of the project description and budget for the building at the state Board of Regents meeting Tuesday in West Des Moines. The meeting information was released Thursday.

The board previously approved the schematic design for the complex, which will provide facilities to align the ISU's biorenewables initiatives. The three wings, connected by an atrium, include the Biorenewables Research Laboratory, construction of which was completed in 2010, the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) research and teaching laboratory wing, and the ABE office and classroom wing. State funds -- $60.4 million -- were appropriated during the 2011 legislative session for construction of the latter two wings. The project budget also includes $14.1 million in private giving.

The regents gave initial permission to proceed with planning on the project in 2006.