The Office of Facilities Planning is located in the Research Laboratory
No. 2 Building (RL-2), 3rd Floor, Room 301. The main phone number is
492-1275, and the fax number is (303) 492-4082. This division manages
and directs the planning and design of campus facilities and grounds under
the direction of the Director of Planning, Design, and Construction, coordinated
with the Campus Architect, and with the assistance of the Campus Planner,
the Campus Landscape Architect, and an Administrative Assistant.
Facilities and Capital Development Design and Planning
Any change to the physical appearance of campus buildings and grounds
is monitored by the Campus Architect and facilities planning staff.
This includes everything from curb cuts to whole buildings.
Program Plans provide detailed information about individual capital projects. Micro-Master Plans are sub-area plans for development.
The annual Capital Construction Budget Request is prepared and submitted
to the CCHE as a request for funding in support of the list for both State
funded and cash funded Capital Improvements Projects (CIP). This list
is assembled with assistance from the Boulder Campus Planning Commission
(BCPC), and the Chancellor's Executive Committee (CEC).
The Campus Master Plan is the vision for the campus physical environment.
Besides being essential for proper University physical development, a
facilities master plan is required by the Colorado Commission on Higher
The Campus Master Plan establishes overall goals, objectives, and design principles that
serve as a framework for future physical development. It also provides long range planning for architecture, land use, space use,
landscape, transportation, parking, and utilities.
The Design Phase Manager and a Construction Phase Manager partner throughout
the project. The construction phase includes contract negotiation, budget
management, contract document coordination, bidding phase, and construction
Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
Each year the university adopts an updated Five-Year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) and a Two-Year List of Cash Funded Projects (LCF). Campus consensus building for the completion of each of the two state forms are important steps in capital improvements programming. Subsequent to campus and regent approvals, each are forwarded to the State Office of Planning and Budget (OSPB) as part of the process of requesting annual state appropriations and cash spending authority from the Commission on Higher Education and Colorado State Legislature. Each represent a snapshot in time. The lists of capital projects change relatively often as updated information is available through the planning process. Amendments to each of the lists have to be forwarded through the entire approval process as the original.
The relationship of this Five-Year CIP and Two-Year LCF to capital planning in this Campus Master Plan was discussed in the Building Plan (Section V.A.3). From the full list of capital needs in this plan in (Section V), a shorter list of projects is selected each year for inclusion in the CIP and LCF, based on prioritization of programs and prospects for funding. The CIP and LCF go beyond this master plan, to address where the resources will come from to achieve each capital project.
Capital Development Design Management
Facilities Planners are responsible for design phase management of capital
construction projects through the design development phase. The design
- project initiation
- space needs analysis
- feasibility studies
- conceptual design
- program planning
- project approval coordination
- architect selection
- schematic design
- design development
Review and Approval Bodies
Capital Finance Planning Group (CFPG)
The Capital Finance Planning Group began meeting in November 2008 and is responsible for the review and discussion of financial plans for capital projects. Members include staff from the Office of Planning, Budget and Analysis, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Facilities Management, CU Foundation, and Housing and Dining Services.
Program Plans Recharge Policy
Facilities Planners write or see that others write Facilities Program
Plans for capital development projects.
Identify program needs and physical solutions to meet those needs
Include program descriptions, project scope, justification, costs,
schedules and funding sources
Facilitate through campus boards and commissions, the Board of Regents,
the CCHE, and State Legislature for review and approval prior to any
appropriation -- regardless of the source of funds
Technical compliance review in conjunction with the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) Coordinator.
The Office of Facilities Planning acts as liaison to city, county, and
state planning agencies to maintain effective communication regarding
mutual planning and development issues. Staff also coordinates or serves
on a variety of campus, university, city, and state committees, commissions,
and task forces related to planning, design, and development concerns.
Facilities Planning Resources
Please contact the Office of Facilities Planning if you are interested
in initiating a capital construction project. If you would like
more information about the process, Facilities Planning is developing
a Capital Construction Information
Packet that describes the process.