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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — State-funded building projects totaling $85 million for 1996-97 were recommended Thursday by the University of Tennessee board of trustees’ finance committee.

If approved by the full board Friday, the requests will be submitted to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the governor and the legislature.

The top-priority project is phase one of agricultural biotechnology research facilities, costing an estimated $4.5 million.

The second and third priority projects are the $11.4 million renovation of Claxton Education Building at UT-Knoxville and the $12.4 million to complete renovation of the Wittenborg-Link building in Memphis.

The largest project being requested by UT for next year, No. 6 on UT’s priority, is renovation of the Hesler Biology Building a UT-Knoxville, costing an estimated $18.2 million.

Also included in the capital outlay proposal are $9.2 million in maintenance projects, funded by the state, and $19 million in a variety of small projects to be funded by available UT revenue.