At Boston University, projects come in many different shapes and sizes, each with a specific purpose and plan. Facilities Management & Planning is committed to providing the University with physical spaces that meet the programmatic needs of the community. In addition, each project is planned and executed with the desire to provide an environment that is aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. Projects can be separated into three categories:
Capital construction projects involve long-term investments, usually in major construction projects developed by Planning & Design and Construction Services. These projects add value to the University infrastructure by providing new space that meets the needs of our community under the University’s Strategic Plan. One example is the new Center for Student Services at 100 Bay State Road.
The Operations & Services department plans and manages maintenance projects. These projects are identified during annual building inspections and as a result of routine or emergency maintenance calls throughout the year. Typically these projects involve building systems or infrastructure of existing spaces on campus. Maintenance projects are prioritized based on the urgency of the defect and available funding each fiscal year.
Renovations & Refurbishment Projects
Renovations encompass all other construction projects that are not defined as maintenance or capital projects. Academic and administrative departments develop requests for renovations, which might involve improvements to a classroom, residence, lab, or office. The Construction Services department manages renovation projects, often in cooperation with Planning & Design and Operations & Services, to ensure that each renovation is completed efficiently with high quality materials and labor. For information on requesting renovations, see Space Requests.
The University also makes renovations to improve energy efficiency in buildings on campus. Many of these projects involve collaboration among in-house staff, engineering professors, and motivated students to identify energy savings opportunities, evaluate strategies and economic feasibility, and develop actionable project scopes which can be implemented throughout the campus. For more information on energy reduction efforts, please visit the Energy page.