Capital Program

Capital Space Management (CSM) provides campus-wide management of the capital improvement program. The capital improvement program consists of investments made by the campus to respond to the need for new assets or improvements to existing assets that are critical to the campus mission. Capital investments consist of new buildings or facilities, utility infrastructure, renovation and renewal of existing buildings, correcting building code, seismic, and accessibility deficiencies, and acquisition of land and buildings or facilities.

The campus maintains a Ten-Year Capital Financial Plan that identifies projects that are proposed in that planning horizon. The Ten-Year Capital Financial Plan provides the context and framework for guiding campus capital investments. The plan is updated annually after consultation with Deans, Vice Chancellors, and campus senior leadership and is adopted by the Regents. The Ten-Year Capital Financial Plan provides an inventory of the projects, estimated project cost, and identifies the general goals of the project. To the extent funding plans are known, the plan identifies a funding strategy for each project included in the plan.  

Deans and Vice Chancellors are responsible for evaluating the adequacy of capital assets that support their programs. To the extent facilities are inadequate in terms of quantity of space, capacity, functionality, or quality, Deans and Vice Chancellors may propose capital investments to address the inadequacy. CPM is responsible for reviewing proposed projects to ensure they are consistent with the objectives of the Ten-Year Capital Financial Plan:

  • Provide facilities that appropriately support of the learning, discovery and engagement mission of UC Davis;
  • Assess the cost-effectiveness of providing facilities in new buildings versus renovated space; renew and restore obsolete buildings that can be cost-effectively renovated to meet new program needs; demolish those buildings that cannot be cost-effectively renovated;
  • Invest in necessary expansion and renewal of campus infrastructure systems to ensure that such systems appropriately support the academic mission;
  • Design and construct capital projects employing the best available and cost-effective energy efficiency technologies and develop renewable energy sources to lower the campus’s carbon footprint;
  • Seek new funding sources to augment limited state and campus resources in support of the capital program.

The capital needs associated with maintaining and improving campus programs far exceed the available funding. Campus leadership weighs the relative merits of proposed capital investments and makes funding decisions on a priority basis.

Capital Improvement Processes

Capital Improvement Plans