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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.  We oversee planning, design and construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings,  utilities, parking and civic space.  The physical environment forms a foundation for our top-tier research university.  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 long range Physical Development Plan.  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 needs space or would like to remodel current space, consult the Academic Affairs Space Planning Website and Kristene Surerus to begin the process.

Campus Planning & Capital Budget confers with the Physical Environment Committee (PEC) on physical environment recommendations.  The committee reviews the recommendations for consistency 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 also oversee campus and building wayfinding and signage.

2022 Fall Construction Projects Update