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U Of Minn. Regents To Discuss Building Projects

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota Board of Regents is set to meet this week to discuss their building-projects wish list for next year.

The top item is a new $200 million health care center that would expand and replace the clinics in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building in the heart of the Twin Cities campus.

University documents say the current clinics were designed in the 1960s with a capacity for 150,000 patient visits a year, but today those same facilities handle 750,000 annual visits.

The university hopes the new health care center will help train the next generation of health care providers, increase revenue for the medical school and attract top faculty and staff.

The regents are considering a total building plan of about $410 million, with $270 million coming from the Legislature.

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