FY 2016 Appropriation

The Capital Development line item comprises expenditures for the University of Utah and Utah State research buildings. Expenditures are now accounted for within the Divison of Facilities and Construction Management.

Ground breaking for the 208,000 square foot University of Utah building took place on April 22, 2009 and was dedicated on April 19, 2012. Besides state and university funding, private funding stemmed from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation ($15 million) and Micron Technology Foundation ($1.25 million). The facilities will comprise:

  • Nanofabrication
  • Small Animal Imaging
  • Optical Imaging
  • Vivarium
  • Neuroscience labs
  • Biotechnology labs
  • Data center

The Utah State facility broke ground in October 2008 and the ribbon cutting ceremony was held in October 2010. Besides state funding, the university donated (with the approval of the Legislature) Building 620 and the accompanying land to satisfy the university's $10 million contribution requirement. The 110,000 square foot building will house researchers pursuing advanced research in nutrition, veterinary and other life sciences. The USU facilities include:

  • Bio Safety Level 3+ lab
  • Vivarium
  • Clinical nutrition center
  • Life science labs
No other non-military building in the State has the level of bio-safety capability. USU has received a few inquiries from industry regarding potential collaboration projects.
Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $0 from all sources for USTAR Capital Developments. This is a 0 percent change from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources.


UCA 63M-2-201 provides direction for the construction of USTAR research buildings. The Governing Authority is to plan, design, construct, and hold title to these buildings on land provided by the University of Utah and Utah State University. The Governing Authority must contract with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management to oversee construction of these buildings.

Funding for the building program is from general obligation bonds and university-certified non-state funds. During the 2009 General Session, the Legislature decided to use the one-time general fund money allocated to USTAR for other expenditure purposes and allowed USTAR greater bonding authority to make up the difference. Through FY 2011, about $137 million had been spent on the University of Utah building and $58 million on the Utah State structure.

FY 2008 was the last year any appropriations have been made through this line item for USTAR capital investments.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.