For state agencies and state-supported colleges and universities, the funding for capital improvement projects comes from a direct appropriation from the General Assembly. For those clients, the Commission offers a variety of direct services, including:
The Commission assists state agencies and state-supported colleges and universities in the development of facility master plans and capital projects for funding requests. Our staff provides design and program guidance, documentation of project needs and impacts, and cost evaluation, enabling agencies and institutions to develop more accurate scopes of work for their projects.
Small capital projects under $1.5 million are often not as complicated as larger projects, but do require oversight and close management to be fully successful. How small projects are administered depends upon several key factors, and the Commission can help you make that determination.
State agencies have authority to locally administer capital improvement projects up to $1.5M in value. Universities have local administration authority for projects up to $4M in value, while certified institutions of higher education can locally administer any capital projects on their campuses. Project scope and cost affect project administration according to this local administration chart. Both agencies and universities may request the Commission's project administration assistance on any project. The Commission provides full project administration services for all other capital projects that are not locally administered by an agency or university. These services include procurement of professional services and public bidding, along with oversight of design and construction through closeout of projects.
An Energy Savings Performance Contract enables state agencies and higher education facilities to save on utility costs by implementing energy conservation measures that pay for themselves within 15 years. The Commission administers Energy Savings Performance Contracts for state agencies and higher education facilities. Under House Bill 7, enacted in 1994, state government agencies and universities may enter into performance contracts for energy projects. For state agencies, authority is vested in the Commission. For universities, the authority is vested to their Boards of Trustees.
Each design-build project requires design criteria that outline the project requirements to the selected design-build team. The Commission has both licensed architects and engineers on staff. Depending on specific project needs, this in-house staff of professionals may serve as Criteria Architect/Engineer on design-build projects for owners.