How funding determines project selection:
The level of annual funding is used to determine the level at which a project is completed. The following are examples of how that might work:
$1M-$9.9M annual funding level requires that R&R projects must be chosen with extreme selectivity. Projects would be required to meet the “leaking roof” test, which means critical systems are broken and the space or facility cannot be used unless repairs are made, or where further deferral of the work would result in significantly higher repair costs at a later date. Projects selected likely will be labeled as a level four or five project and completed only after life safety or building envelope needs are addressed. Higher level projects may be included but only where they are required.
$10M-$19.9M annual funding level allows for a more moderate approach to project selection. Life safety and building envelope projects are still the highest priority, however other projects are now able to include minor upgrades where it’s warranted and the enhancement contributes to energy savings, or provides a major benefit to the department. Selected projects may be listed as high as level 3, but will not exceed the building’s targeted level of maintenance. This funding level also allows the program to fund the “R&R Matching Fund Program.” The Matching Fund Program is designed to leverage department funds to complete their highest priorities while reducing the overall R&R backlog.
$20M-$30M annual funding level is the level of funding required to maintain a balanced R&R backlog. Meaning the closer the annual level of R&R funding gets to $30M, the better the overall growth of the R&R backlog will be managed. This funding level will allow project selection to aggressively address issues otherwise ignored due to lack of funding. This would accommodate projects such as restroom renovations, replacing an aging component rather than having annual replacement of the single most critical component, and most importantly the replacement of systems rather than repair or replacement of components of a system which leaves the rest of the old, usually outdated, system in place. By replacing the system, the entire deficiency will be removed from the overall backlog. Without this level of funding there will be an ever growing backlog of need.
Although $30 million does not equal the total estimated annual growth, additional resources outside the R&R program address R&R needs as part of Purdue’s balanced capital program.
For more information about R&R projects, please contact Keith Moore, Sr. R&R and Data Program Manager, by email or phone at 765-494-9501.