What the House capital budget means for WSU

Leaders in the House of Representatives released their capital budget proposal Wednesday, funding one of two construction requests forwarded by WSU for the Pullman campus.

The plan fully funds WSU’s $38.1 million request to build the first stage of the Global Animal Health Phase II project — the new home of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. But it does not fund WSU’s $58.9 million request to construct the Plant Sciences Building.

Both projects remain in play going into negotiations on a final budget. The Senate plan provides $52 million for Plant Sciences and $23 million to get started on Global Animal Health Phase II.

The House and Senate plans both fund two other priority projects — the design of the WSU Tri-Cities Academic Building and the predesign of the WSU Vancouver Life Sciences Building. The House plan provides $28 million for minor capital preservation and $1 million of a $4.9 million request to upgrade STEM teaching labs in Pullman.

The House budget also provides $2 million to purchase equipment for the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials, a research collaboration between WSU, the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to support the development of technologies that typically rely on precious metals.