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All functions previously addressed by the Physical and Capital Planning unit have been incorporated into the Physical Facilities organization. In the coming weeks, this website will be decommissioned, and the information contained here will be integrated into the Energy and Construction website. The structure and appearance of the information will be adapted to fit within the existing Energy and Construction website and to reflect the updated organizational structure of the unit.


After a Component Champion has completed the inspection and identified any deficiencies and the projects necessary to correct them, the projects are entered into the R&R master database. At that time, the Component Champion determines the priority of this project based on the review of all the other projects within their discipline; the most critical projects are moved to the highest priority. The selection of projects for funding is based on the following criteria listed in prioritized order:

    1. Life safety systems (fire alarms, fire protection)
    2. Building envelope (roofing/siding, structural/masonry, windows and doors)
    3. Basic building infrastructure (elevators, electrical, plumbing, HVAC)
    4. Classrooms and instructional laboratories
    5. Research laboratories
    6. Public areas (restrooms, corridors, stairwells, lobbies)
    7. Interior finishes (offices)

The R&R Program must focus on life safety issues first and the structural integrity of building exteriors (the building "envelope") next. Addressing these issues first will prevent the harmful effects of weather/climate and water damage (including its associated health risks) and protect the building exteriors and systems. Infrastructure and Utilities are prioritized accordingly:

    1. Electrical distribution
    2. Sewers
    3. Potable water
    4. Chilled water
    5. Heating steam and tunnels
    6. Sidewalk and streets
    7. Telecommunication

Certain situations may call for adapting the project list to meet life safety or more critical needs. The focus is to address those issues with the highest risk of failure (the worst of the worst) first.