Campus Projects General Information
In compliance with Board of Governor’s Regulation 14.020, the Facilities Planning and Construction (FP&C) Department is responsible for the administration of all campus projects – whether remodels, renovations, additions, or new construction. The role of FP&C is to help assess the need for and provide physical facilities to support the academic, research, and service mission of the University. FP&C can provide Design Services (Feasibility Studies, Space Planning and Analysis, Concept Design) when requested. FP&C will also professionally manage Campus Projects to ensure that they conform to UCF Standards, that all required permits are in place, and that final as-built conditions are properly documented.
Minor Project applicants must refer to the UCF Expenditure Guidelines on F&A’s website, specifically section IV, to verify that the proper source of funds are being used for design and construction projects. Visit www.fa.ucf.edu, under the Resources/FA Forms & Procedures/Business Procedures and Guidelines/UCF Funds Use Guidelines.
Facilities and Safety, and FP&C, does not provide funding for Campus Projects. All funding for projects must be provided by the requestor. As part of your MP request, you must provide an account number for your project, and the budget amount that you have available to fund your project. Sharing your available funding with FP&C is critical to the success of your project – without knowing the funding available for a project, it is impossible for us to know if your scope is achievable. It is important to keep in mind that when you request modifications to a room, that the room must be brought up to code for the new use of the space – this often causes unanticipated costs, but they are a part of the project and must be funded by the requestor. If you are unsure of the cost of your project, FP&C can assist in providing a rough estimate. Project Estimates will only cost $150 (project startup fee), unless we need to engage a third party architect/engineer/contractor (at minimal cost, $1,500 to $5,000 depending on project size and complexity). FP&C estimates are our best “statement of probable cost” of a project given the scope that we know at the time, with pricing known at the time. In addition to the design and construction costs, all projects require BCO Permit Fees, SFM fees (if applicable), and Professional Management Services (PMS, a flat 3% of the design and construction value of the project).
Campus Projects Requests
The button above links to the Campus Project Request Form. This form is web-based and must be filled out in its entirety to submit a new project request. Once submitted, it will route to UCF’s Office of Space Administration and Facilities & Safety for review and approval. Once all approvals are obtained, FP&C will assign a Project Manager, who will contact you within 1 week of receiving the project to discuss the project’s scope and schedule. Once approved, the project will be available for review in e-Builder.
To request a cost estimate, follow the Campus Project Request Process, and clearly list in your project description that a cost estimate is desired. While FP&C will endeavor to provide accurate and reliable cost estimates, our estimates are usually based on partial information and are subject to change depending on scope adjustments and market conditions. PMS costs apply for all cost estimates.
Professional Management Services Cost
A flat project start-up cost of $150 will be charged to the project account upon receipt of your campus project request – these costs will be credited toward the 3% PMS cost if the project moves forward. The only exception to this cost are Technology Fee projects – if you are submitting a Technology Fee project request, clearly list this in the description of your project. Note that this project management cost is necessary because our department is not fully funded by the university.
FP&C manages a significant number of projects, and we have a number of internal procedures and steps to follow to ensure that projects are properly executed. As projects are started, they are assigned a priority category, as described in the diagram at the right. While we attempt to expedite all projects, ones with higher priority must be addressed first. We highly encourage our Campus Clients to plan well in advance of when a project is needed in order to allow FP&C adequate time to properly execute your project.
It is very important to properly plan your project and submit a project request well in advance of when your project is needed. FP&C manages approximately 400 projects at any given time, and there are many steps to approving, scoping, designing, permitting, bidding, and constructing any project. Please see the sample schedule below which illustrates some of these steps. Small projects can often be constructed without the need for an Architect/Engineer to create signed/sealed drawings, however these are generally under $50,000 in construction cost and have no adjustments to life safety components. More expensive (over $50,000) or complicated projects generally do require an Architect/Engineer’s involvement – see the EH&S website for additional clarification (http://www.ehs.ucf.edu/buildingcode/bcfaq.html). Projects that have adjustments to a life safety component (changes to room layouts, egress, occupancy, sprinklers, exit signs, fire strobes, fire alarm) require permitting through the State Fire Marshal (SFM). By statute, the SFM has up to 45 days to review drawing submissions. Therefore, it is critical that these types of projects be submitted well before they are needed so that they can be properly designed, permitted, and constructed. Below is a graphic illustrating the typical steps of a project and their average durations – these vary depending on the scope of a project so any project may take more or less time than what is illustrated below. If A/E and SFM involvement is not needed, it will reduce the time to scope and bid your project.
Camera and Access Control Projects
Projects that exclusively add cameras or access control to UCF facilities must be approved by the UCF Department of Security (DS) prior to processing by Facilities Planning and Construction. Please contact DS directly for these requests using the contact information below. DS will meet with you to discuss your request, help develop your project scope, offer suggestions for improvement, recommend product specifications, and work with third party vendors to establish a quote for the scope. Once approved by DS, a campus project request can be submitted by the requester including the approval documents from DS. Access control and camera installation request forms for can be found on the Department of Security’s website: http://police.ucf.edu/security
Requestors of projects containing ANY electrical systems alteration should be aware that electrical panels and support systems studies will be conducted of all panels and support systems effected by the Requestors project. Electrical projects require either a 30 day load study, a detailed electrical panel analysis, or recent existing building documentation that clearly shows adequate electrical capacity in order to determine electrical capacity for electrical additions. These studies may have a cost and time impact – the Requestor will be responsible for the cost of these electrical studies. The Requestor will be responsible for the cost of ANY upgrades that are required to the electrical systems should they not have the capacity to accommodate the project.
Requestors of Lab projects should take note of several items prior to submitting requests:
- 100% of Lab Projects must be funded from the requesting department. F&S does not provide funding for any part of projects.
- Principal Investigators (PIs) must submit a comprehensive lab narrative with their project request. This narrative must include:
- Description of the intended use of the space – what type of research and experiments will be occurring with the completed project.
- Complete list of new equipment going in the space, and any equipment to be removed. Include cutsheets of new equipment.
- Complete list of chemicals and quantities to be used, and any chemicals to be removed.
- Anticipated infrastructure requirements – added fume hood, power, process chilled water, eye wash, etc.
- Draft SOPs for all activities in the space. Refer to the EH&S Laboratory Safety Manual (in particular page 41) for additional information on Lab Specific SOPs. The draft SOP(s) may need to be adjusted as design of the space proceeds, and ultimately must be approved by the appropriate entity prior to permitting of the project. EH&S can assist the PI with the process, PIs are encouraged to reach out to EH&S using the following email address: email@example.com. The approval of SOPs by the appropriate entity is the full responsibility of the PI.
- Lab projects almost always require an Architect/Engineer to provide signed/sealed drawings for BCO and SFM review. These drawings are a requirement for permit and are not optional.
- The Architect/Engineer process takes considerable time to perform site visits, develop existing plans, develop the new scope, perform code reviews, document the project, review drawings, revise drawings, and permit these documents. Requestors should plan in advance for this required time (see schedule above for minimum anticipated durations).
- Often a seemingly simple project – like adding an outlet for a piece of equipment – can turn into an expensive project if the space itself is not currently designed for the piece of equipment that outlet serves. Many of our older buildings were not built to house today’s research, and these spaces must be brought up to code for necessary wall ratings, ventilation, power requirements, safety systems, and other items required to create a safe environment for this work. These upgrades to the building infrastructure caused by new research must also be funded from the requesting department.
- Regardless of existing room capacities, all renovation projects must use current building code occupancy levels, which may result in a reduced occupant capacity.
Furniture purchases on the UCF campus are decentralized, the only furniture with specific requirements are for classrooms. Office, cubicle, conference room, and public space furniture can be purchased directly by departments. However, FP&C and EH&S must review any furniture purchase that may trigger the need for a permit – in particular:
- furniture that has built-in power (cubicles, some conference tables)
- furniture that may change egress pathways (cubicles), and
- furniture that may block life safety devices such as fire strobes or sprinklers
Click on the link below for the furniture review form. Please email this form to Michelle Humphries, Michelle.Humphries@ucf.edu, for review and processing. Upon request, FP&C can work with departments on furniture recommendations, to ensure you are purchasing durable and properly warrantied products.
Projects with inactivity from a requestor for over 30 days will be cancelled. These projects can be reactivated quickly once they are ready to proceed. There is no cancellation fee for projects.