University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Indicator 77
Types of Capital Projects, 2007-08 to 2009-10

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Three major factors determine the capital needs of the University: meeting enrollment growth; preserving existing capital asset through seismic correction and renewal of facilities; and program-related improvements.

In recent years, enrollment growth has been a critical determinant of the University's need for space for new academic research facilities, student housing and recreational facilities, and other growth related facilities; enrollment growth-related projects will moderate in coming years as growth rates abate.

To date, the University has spent more than $1 billion in seismic corrections. Of the space rated "poor" which remains to be corrected, approximately 87 percent is located at Berkeley and UCLA (as of September 2008). A study is under way to review campus plans for mitigating seismic risk and completing the remaining work.

Campus facilities age and wear out under normal use and periodically must be renewed or upgraded. For example, heating, ventilation, electrical and plumbing systems, elevators and roofs all may need to be replaced multiple times over the life of a building. The University has a substantial backlog of deferred maintenance, which has been exacerbated by long-term underfunding.

In addition, the nature of academic, research and clinical programs changes over time and these changes, such as new initiatives in disease prevention and cures and energy research, require different types of specialized space. Improvements may include construction of new facilities or renovation and upgrade of existing facilities.

Source: UCOP Budget and Capital Resources

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