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Capital Construction

Overview

Buildings are highly visible components of an institution. Architectural design, construction quality, building usage, campus accessibility, and maintenance standards play a significant role in creating a scholarly, educational environment and in shaping external perceptions of an institution. While each campus executes their respective capital programs, OUS maintains an advisory role in the design, construction and stewardship of university facilities to best serve the needs of current and future generations of Oregon students.

For information on contract and bidding opportunities with OUS and policies on procurement, please go to the Doing Business with OUS page and sections.

Capital Construction Project Budgeting - A/E Fee Guidelines and Schedule

To ensure the efficient use of public funds, OUS provides guidelines for determining reasonable architect/engineer fees in capital construction project budgeting. The outlined document and fee schedule, adopted from the State of Washington’s Office of Financial Management, provide a methodology for determining A/E fees based on a percentage fee of the Maximum Allowable Construction Cost (MACC), adjusted according to the difficulty of project type.

Approved Project Status

  • Project Status (coming soon)

Case Studies

Contracts and Purchasing

Deferred Maintenance (Capital Renewal)

Like most colleges and universities across the country, almost 50 percent of OUS buildings were constructed within a 15-year window, from 1960 to 1975, in order to meet the huge enrollment growth attributed to the baby boomers. Now, over 40 years later, the major subsystems (roofing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical) within those buildings are wearing out and must be replaced. Oregon was one of the first states to develop a comprehensive plan to address deferred maintenance needs, establishing a “best-in-class” program to focus on critical life safety, code compliance and substantial renewal needs.

Seismic Mitigation

Oregon faces a serious statewide risk from earthquake hazards. Not only does Oregon have the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault that looms offshore along the entire state coastline, but most of the buildings in Oregon were built long before a 1993 statewide building code revision that specifically mandated seismic (earthquake) design standards.

To address this risk, OUS has partnered with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) to assess our exposure to seismic hazards at each of our seven campuses. Using a proprietary, enhanced, low-cost screening methodology— Enhance Rapid Visual Screening (E-RVS), OUS campuses can identify and prioritize buildings at risk of significant structural deficiencies during the next earthquake.