Plans for the new information technology center at UND are close to completion and the facility should be soon ready to accept bids from builders, members of the State Board of Higher Education learned during a conference call Thursday.
The joint project of the North Dakota University System and UND, expected to cost about $15.5 million, would better serve the information technology needs of the system’s 11 campuses.
The 2011 state legislature approved $12.5 million for the project but authorized up to $17.5 million for the structure, with the condition that the university system obtain any additional funds from sources other than the legislature or students.
“We’re short about $3 million now,” said Duaine Espegaard, the state board member who serves on the building’s steering committee. “We’re in the process of finding the money.”