CPDC 1-4: Project Narrative

The project narrative is the COBCP form used to tell the story of campus need, and how the project will provide a solution for that need.

The components of the CPDC 1-4 are:

Summary of Proposal

This section serves to briefly highlight the scope of the project. This should include proposed ASF/GSF, location, and proposed program to be included or affected by the project.

Purpose of the Project

This section should identify the problem that drives this project and how existing campus facilities cannot serve as a solution. This can be thought of as the hypothesis for the project, or the question that the feasibility study aimed to answer for the campus.

This section should include photos of existing conditions to further demonstrate need. Excerpts from Facility Condition Assessments and/or Critical Infrastructure Plans should be included as appropriate.

Relationship to the Strategic Plan

This section should explain how this project supports the campus strategic and/or academic master plan.


This section is used to show the various solutions that were explored in the feasibility study, and why those solutions were either viable or not appropriate. Alternatives should consider factors such as variations on site, program, renovation versus replacement, and phasing. The cost of alternatives explored should also be included.

Recommended Solution

The selected solution is described here, such as why it was chosen, what is the scope of this alternative, how will the project be delivered (construction procurement method), basis of budget information, any CEQA mitigation costs (if applicable), and any project risks.

Consistency with Chapter 1016, Statutes of 2002 – AB 857

This section is required by statute to be addressed in project proposals. The goal of this section is to demonstrate that the project will minimize the impact to the campus footprint, and prevent urban sprawl.

The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Worksheet (CPDC 1-4.5) should be used to calculate the proposed project in the context of existing campus emissions.