Capital and Infrastructure Improvements:

​​​​​​Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan (Action Year) Steps

The Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan is split into two components—the first year, also known as the ‘action year’. Projects proposed in the action year are submitted for inclusion in the upcoming governor’s budget. Years two through five are called the ‘out years’. This section focuses on the steps to completing a submittal for action-year infrastructure improvement projects.

A. ​​​​​Feasibility Study

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 action year 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. The project delivery method should also be identified at this point.

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. Refer to your campus Facilities Condition Assessment reports for more information.

A2. Critical Infrastructu​re 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.

​Learn more information about the CSU Seismic Priority List.


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