A Virginia House subcommittee has warned the University of Virginia that it may not get funding for a new hospital unless it agrees to use Virginia-produced cement in the parking garage.
Plans for the $200 million facility, which would replace the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, call for West Virginia-made mortar instead of pre-mixed, Virginia-made cement.
The architects who designed the hospital said mortar bonds better than pre-mixed cement.
But the University of Virginia will not get a hospital unless school officials heed the state's "We Have It Made in Virginia" motto, said House Minority Leader Raymond R. Guest, a Republican of Front Royal, home district of the cement company.
The mortar and pre-mixed cement are made by The Riverton Co. of Warren County. But the firm produces the mortar at its plant in West Virginia.
Use of the Virginia cement would provide $200,000 to in-state employes.
Raymond M. Haas, university vice president for administration, promised to try to meet the committee's requests and schedule a meeting next week with Riverton President T.G. Mercuro.
Delegates of the House Capital Outlay Appropriations subcommittee warned that unless the university heeded their warning, $175 million in bonds controlled by the panel would be in jeopardy.