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Learn about construction, renovation, and alteration services for campus facilities available to UCSD departments.

Facilities Management offers a full range of construction services for renovation and alteration, ensuring campus buildings are safe, accessible, efficient to maintain, and contribute aesthetically to the campus.

Facilities Management (FM) is sometimes confused with Facilities Design & Construction (FD&C):

  • FM maintains campus structures, including renovations and alterations (see below).
    • Facilities Management's Project Management group works with campus departments and offices to offer a full range of construction services for renovation and alteration, ensuring campus buildings are safe, accessible, efficient to maintain, and contribute aesthetically to the campus.
    • If your department has construction needs, see How to Request Facilities Management Services.

  • FD&C handles large-scale campus planning, building, and alteration projects and promotes sustainable building practices. Learn more about our Sustainable Built Environment

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Examples of FM's renovation and alteration work:

  • Architectural:
    • Building or demolishing walls and doors
    • Painting
    • Installing shelves and cabinetry
    • Laying carpet or tile
    • Installing acoustical ceilings
    • Changing window or door locations
  • Electrical:
    • Adding outlets or changing to 220/240 volts
    • Wiring for electricity
    • Installing:
      • Projectors
      • Breakers
      • Electrical Conduits
      • Switches
      • Lighting
      • Sensors
      • Heater controls
  • Plumbing:
    • Rerouting plumbing to hook up commercial washers
    • Modernizing or converting kitchens, bathrooms, and laboratories
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC):
    • Installing or adjusting HVAC systems
    • Removing mounted air conditioners
  • Other:
    • Installing compressed air supply in labs
    • Installing fume hoods
    • Installing fire alarms and strobes
    • Space planning
    • Installing safety equipment
    • Improving handicap access
    • Patching paving
    • Correcting intake and exhaust problems
    • Waterproofing
    • Water cooling

Note: Every construction, renovation, alteration, maintenance, or utility change at UCSD — no matter how small — must comply with state and local building codes, University of California and campus policies, handicap access guidelines, and safety regulations, along with environmental mitigation measures required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

To assist you through this process, FM services include:

  • Project planning and design
  • Cost estimating
  • Design review, including all code and CEQA compliance
  • ADA compliance evaluation, including landscape
  • Contract management, including competitive bid process
  • Construction management and inspection
  • Construction project closeout and warranty management
  • Management for deferred maintenance projects
  • Reporting on facilities' conditions
  • Archiving documents

To oversee the process, each project is assigned a project manager, who acts as your key contact. To learn more about what the project manager does, see Facilities Management Project Management Group.

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