Campus Planning & Capital Budget oversees planning and development of the physical environment, providing leadership, expertise, administration and policy recommendations, to support the university vision, values and mission. This includes all new buildings, renovation of existing buildings, leased space and changes to campus utilities, parking and civic space. The physical environment forms a foundation for our top-tier research university that is a leading driver for sustainable prosperity. It supports the best place to learn and work for students, faculty and staff, community engagement, climate and culture. Physical environment planning includes assessment of needs and condition, development of land use, site and buildings, space use and utilization, energy conservation, sustainability and financial feasibility. This forms the campus Physical Development Plan, including renovation and remodeling of existing buildings, new buildings, parking and green space. It is the basis the Capital Budget Request.
The Capital Budget Request is a biennial process that seeks enumeration of physical environment projects. Campus Planning & Capital Budget uses an integrated planning model, working closely with all campus units – Schools, Colleges, Student Affairs, FAA and Leadership – for programmatic, physical concerns and financial realities. Planning oversees building and site design, code, city and county requirements and zoning, sustainability and accessibility requirements of existing and new space. Campus Planning represents the university on all new and renovation building and site projects – working with the UW-System Office of Capital Planning & Budget and the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration-Division of Facilities Development & Management – providing oversight of design and construction to ensure that projects meet needs and quality expectations.
The department maintains all space data of campus and leased space, such as floor plans, building size, departmental areas and utilization, and land holdings. The department supports allocation and reassignment of existing space by the Provost, Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administrative Affairs, and the Campus Space Planning Committee.
If your department has identified a space deficiency for new or evolving programs, we may be able to help. Consult your Dean or Director to begin the process of submitting a Space Request Form to Kristene Surerus – Academic Affairs Space Planning. Additional information related to space policy and procedures can be found on the Academic Affairs Space Planning Website.
Campus Planning & Capital Budget confers with the Physical Environment Committee (PEC) on physical environment recommendations. The committee reviews the recomendations for consistentancy with the mission and with the present and future academic programs of the University.
The department oversees general assignment classroom modernization to support learning space improvements and provide enhanced instructional technology. We support leasing space, manage campus real estate transactions, and assist with relocation for projects. We oversee campus and building wayfinding and signage.