Capital and Infrastructure Improvements:

​​​​​Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan (Amend-Delegated Approval) Steps

The five-year capital outlay program is approved by the Board of Trustees each year. In some instances, Infrastructure Improvement projects are proposed for the current fiscal year that were not included in the approved capital outlay program. Infrastructure Improvement projects can be approved via delegated authority given by the trustees to the chancellor. These projects are not reliant on the systemwide funding sources, and instead are funded via campus reserves, grant awards, or donor contributions.

When proposing to amend the capital outlay program, the following steps should be followed:

A. Infrastructure Assessments ​and Studies

The first step to programming an infrastructure improvement project is to complete an assessment/study to analyze the viability of proposed infrastructure projects. Such studies are required for all projects to establish the project scope and estimate an accurate budget. Campuses should ensure any studies for infrastructure scope include all the costs of implementing a proposed project.

A1. Facilities Condition Assessments:
Proposed renovation or replacement projects should include analysis conducted in relevant Facilities Condition Assessments (FCA) or similar building studies to determine the feasibility of retaining existing space or proceeding with demolition. Your campus Facilities Condition Assessment reports can be found here.

A2. Critical Infrastructure Studies:
In 2014 the CSU commissioned critical infrastructure studies to determine any vulnerabilities in the campus utilities systems that could cause building or campuswide shutdowns. The studies included cost estimates for projects (in 2014 dollars). Projects identified in these reports should be considered for inclusion in the infrastructure improvements program.

A3. CSU Seismic Priority List:
The Chancellor’s Office maintains a seismic priority list of buildings identified by Seismic Review Board for which there are additional seismic retrofit requirements above CBC. This list is divided into two categories:

  • List 1: Buildings that are a priority for seismic retrofit should be retrofitted as soon as resources are available without regard to other modifications of the building.
  • List 2: Buildings that must be retrofitted when a major capital project is allocated to the building, notwithstanding an allowance from CBC to not do so.

​Lear more information about the CSU Seismic Priority List.


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