Governing Principles and Goals of Capital Renewal

The Capital Renewal Program is designed to address and prioritize the renewal of the building systems and campus environs that are at the end of their operational life cycle. The priorities of the program support the academic mission while optimizing fund sources and demonstrating fiscal responsibility.

The Capital Renewal Program provides a comprehensive long-term strategic plan for addressing and prioritizing campus renewal needs with a process for consideration of proposals. 


The principles that guide the program and prioritization of projects include: 

  • Maximize the energy, water, and other resource efficiency of campus buildings and equipment.
  • Plan for buildings and structures to meet accessibility requirements.
  • Implement a multi-year investment plan that ensures the ongoing renewal of critical campus systems and, over time, reduces the campus’s renewal backlog. 
  • Evaluate the operations of buildings constructed and occupied after January 2007 at regular intervals to confirm optimized performance and to prevent additional burden to the renewal backlog.
  • Renew the campus general assignment teaching spaces and technology every 5-7 years.
  • Renew campus environs including pathways, landscape and lighting systems to meet code and safety requirements.
  • Create a transparent process to that will allow for coordination with projects outside the scope of capital renewal in order to maximize the value of the campus’s investments in its facilities. 


Facility investment programs that are part of the Capital Renewal program:

Classroom renewal - an annual program of updates to finishes, lighting, furniture, and technology

Gustafson – accessibility - improvising access for people with mobility impairments

Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP) - energy conservation projects

Inter-Building Campus Communication System (ICCS)

Types of Renewal supported by the Capital Renewal Program:

Classroom renewal - an annual program of updates to finishes, lighting, furniture, and technology

Ongoing and urgent building systems renewal 

Strategic whole building renewal

Utility renewal (steam lines, electrical systems, plumbing)

Life safety upgrades and code compliance 

Life cycle planning

Landscape renewal

Emergent reserve (Used to fund in-year projects)

Types of Projects Not Funded by Capital Renewal:

New construction in support of program improvements

Planned or scheduled maintenance