The CSU proposes using $50 million of the $556 million request to fund academic facilities and infrastructure projects. Campus need for facility renovation and improvement continues to grow. Academic facility and infrastructure improvement programs address a variety of important facility needs. Seismic projects include those to retrofit and improve buildings identified by the seismic review board as needing seismic strengthening. Other projects address general deficiencies in building systems and building structure. Many of the infrastructure improvement projects address critical infrastructure needs, system upgrades, facility improvements, as well as maintenance needs that are well past due. While the CSU continues to make strides in addressing its systemwide needs, current funding levels prohibit the CSU from undertaking projects to adequately address the needs in the built environment. Had voters approved Proposition 13 in March 2020, the CSU would have received $2 billion to fund academic facilities and infrastructure projects.
In support of the request for additional, permanent base funding, the CSU five-year capital plan identifies the priority needs of each of the 23 campuses and their off-campus centers. The plan primarily identifies renewal/replacement needs of existing buildings with some new facilities to accommodate growth and improve student access. The Board of Trustees annually approves categories and criteria for capital outlay priority setting. The priorities are consistent with the state’s priorities of critical infrastructure, life safety projects, renovation/modernization of existing facilities and new facilities to increase capacity to serve the existing and projected enrollment. The five-year plan identifies a systemwide need in 2021-22 alone that exceeds $2.7 billion to address academic infrastructure and facility needs. The $50 million in the 2021-22 budget request will help finance approximately $900 million of the $2.7 billion in the priority projects identified by the campuses. For more information on specific projects and priorities, see the CSU
multi-year capital plan.