Academic Facilities and Infrastructure: $135 Million

The CSU proposes using $135 million of the 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 important facility needs. Seismic projects include those to retrofit and improve buildings identified by the seismic review board as needing seismic strengthening. Energy efficiency projects aim to lower our utility consumption and respond to statewide capacity issues, and resiliency projects such as microgrid readiness and battery storage projects help campuses respond to public safety power shutoffs, fires and other natural disasters. 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. 

In support of the request for additional, permanent base funding, the CSU multi-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 regularly approves categories and criteria for capital outlay priority setting. The priorities are consistent with the state's priorities of critical infrastructure, energy efficiency, life safety projects and renovation/ modernization of existing facilities and new facilities to increase capacity to serve the existing and projected enrollment. The multi-year plan identifies a systemwide need in 2022-23 alone that exceeds $2 billion to address academic infrastructure and facility needs. The $135 million in the 2022-23 budget request will help finance approximately $2 billion of the priority projects identified by the campuses. For more information on specific projects and priorities, see the CSU multi-year capital plan.