BISMARCK —Several major North Dakota State University projects, including a science building and updates at an outdoor track field, were given the greenlight to move forward.

The State Board of Higher Education approved on Tuesday, Jan. 28, four NDSU projects laid out in a consent agenda, including the $51.2 million construction of a science building that will replace Dunbar Hall. The project will bring the decades-old building up to code.

The North Dakota Legislature allocated $48 million for the project, which could begin later this year. Crews will demolish the Geosciences building to the north of Dunbar, build the 106,000-square-foot building over the parking lot and Geosciences footprint, then demolish Dunbar.

NDSU must raise money to pay for the remaining costs.

The SBHE also approved fundraising efforts for renovations to the Schlanser Outdoor Track. The NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association can raise up to $5 million to replace track’s surface, grandstands and press box, as well as install power, a timing system and video board.

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Other projects approved include a $2.4 million repurposing project that will turn the North Dakota Trade Office at Barry Hall into a flexible event space for guest speakers and industry events, and a $2.5 million renovation at Hastings Hall for human resources and payroll staff.