The project delivery process for planning, designing, and constructing capital projects can be described in process phases  with specific financial controls embedded throughout all phases, including budget, schedule development, funding sources, and financial reporting. Other important resources involved in the successful delivery of projects include the 2015 Campus Master Plan, Design Review Board, Campus Design Guidelines, and Technical Guidelines.



Schools and colleges prioritize their physical planning needs through the Capital Building Program. CPD Project Managers help define scope, budget, schedule and funding of projects. Contact the Facilities rep in your department for more information.

Capital Planning

Capital Planning is the process in which a project develops a budget and timeline, and prepares a presentation of issues to be assessed and ranked by the Capital Planning Committee.

Consultant Selection

A consultant group is selected to be part of the planning team during a feasibility study or during the design and construction phases of a project.


Defines the mission and objectives of the project and provides detailed information of all identifiable spaces to be constructed or renovated to provide a clearly stated set of project and design goals.


Schematic Design

Creates building design concepts, drawings and specifications, determines mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems, reconciles budget with scope, and prepares preliminary project schedule.

Design Development

Refines scope of work and develops a greater level of design detail. Building systems, including equipment, fire protection, mechanical, electrical, structural, telecommunications and plumbing are designed through large-scale drawings.

Contract Documents

Consultant group finalizes drawings and specifications for all components and systems and delivers a comprehensive set of construction drawings and specifications to use as bid documents.


Advertises and receives bids from qualified construction contractors for the construction of the project.


After contract documents are signed, a contractor builds the project as represented in the contract documents within the budget and schedule approved by the Board of Regents and State Building Commission.

Substantial Completion

Building occupants move in once the project is declared substantially complete.



Facilitates occupancy and turnover of the finished and fully commissioned project to the User Group and the Facilities Planning and Management maintenance department (Physical Plant).