August 02, 2001 11:00 pm

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

The funding picture for the expansion of Eastern Oregon Universitys science building took another step forward Thursday.

The U.S. Senate approved the Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.

The bill contains $1 million for the construction of the universitys science building.

Tim Seydel, EOUs assistant vice president for university advancement, credits the assistance received from U.S. Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden and Rep. Greg Walden, all of Oregon, in helping Eastern secure the funding.

Seydel also credits Andy Clark, the Oregon University Systems representative in Washington, D.C., for his work in helping get the legislation passed.

The bill must be signed President Bush.

The $1 million EOU will receive is part of $5.5 million that the university is seeking in federal aid for the


Last month the Oregon Legislature approved $23.5 million in state funding for the building. The total includes $9 million from lottery bonding, which would be paid back from Oregon Lottery earnings.

Another $14.5 million will come from state G bonds, which are paid off through the Oregon University Systems operating budget. They are financed through the states general fund.

The science building will cost between $30 and $34 million.

EOU wants to add 67,480 square feet to its current Badgley science building of 30,090 square feet, plus build a 7,500-square-foot biotech lab and a 5,000-square-foot greenhouse.