Facilities Planning Services

From the installation of new windows and carpeting, to site-selection, architectural design and construction of $100 million buildings, the FPDC division helps members of the CSUN community develop physical spaces that support and enhance the University's academic mission.   

Our 16-member department work closely with faculty, staff and students each step of the way — our project  begins with programming, design and site selection and continues through move-in and occupancy of new and renovated facilities. Our teams specialize in the construction of sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective design and solutions to the CSUN community.  We also provide support for purchasing and relocation management not associated with renovation and new construction projects.

ADA Compliance
Capital Programs
Design Management

ADA Compliance is a critical part of every project. As part of every renovation and improvement project, the University submits plans and specifications to the Division of State Architect (DSA).  DSA reviews each project for accessibility and ADA compliance.

In addition to DSA, the Campus Architect is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp).  In 2003, Senate Bill 262 required the Division of State Architect (DSA) to establish and publicize a program for voluntary certification by the State of any person who meets the specified criteria as a certified access specialist (CASp). It also requires the DSA to publish and make available to the public a list of certified access specialists who have successfully completed and passed the Candidate Certification Examination, and who have received CASp certification. The program is designed to meet the public's need for experienced, trained, and tested individuals who can render opinions as to the compliance of buildings and sites with the State of California codes and regulations and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for accessibility.

For more information on ADA compliance, please contact Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction at (818) 677-2561.

Capital Programs - The primary objective of the Capital Outlay Program is to provide facilities appropriate to CSUN’s approved educational programs, to create environments conducive to learning, and to ensure the quality and quantity of the facilities on campus.

For a complete review of the Capital Outlay Program at the 23-campuses in the California State University system, please visit the statewide CSU Capital Outlay Program site by clicking here.

Funding for Capital Outlay Programs
Core instructional and support facilities may receive state funds according to CSU system-wide standards and guidelines. Many types of campus facilities, however, are not eligible for state funds. Funding for state funded projects typically depends on successful competition with projects proposed by other CSU campuses, and voter approval of a statewide bond initiative.
Funding of non-state funded projects such as student unions, parking and housing depend on verifying an alternative form of funding, such as donor gift, fees, reserves, and so on.
Criteria of Setting Priorities for State-funded Projects
New Facilities/Infrastructure - These funds eliminate instructional and support deficiencies, including new buildings and their group II equipment, additions, land acquisitions, and site development.
Existing Facilities/Infrastructure — Critical Infrastructure Deficiencies - These funds correct structural, health and safety code deficiencies by addressing life safety problems and promoting code compliance in existing facilities. Projects include seismic strengthening, correcting building code deficiencies, and addressing regulatory changes which impact campus facilities or equipment. These funds also include minor capital outlay and capital renewal projects.
Modernization/Renovation - These funds make new and remodeled facilities operable by providing group II equipment, and replacing utility services and building systems to make facilities and the campus infrastructure operable. These funds also meet campus needs by modernizing existing facilities or constructing new replacement buildings in response to academic, support program needs and enrollment demand as appropriate.
Procedures for Securing Funding for State-funded Projects
1. Campus submits capital outlay project proposals to Capital Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) at the Chancellor’s Office.
2. CPDC develops the capital outlay program for review and approval by the Board of Trustees.
3. The Board of Trustees approve a proposed capital outlay program for the CSU.
4. The proposed state-funded portion of the capital outlay program is submitted to the State of California Department of Finance. Based on evaluation of budget submittals and other appropriate data, the Department of Finance recommends projects for inclusion in the Governor’s Budget.
5. CPDC, with the assistance of the campus answers questions raised by the control agencies during their review and evaluation of the budget submittals.
6. When the Governor signs the Budget bill, the Governor’s budget is transformed into the Budget Act. The Budget Act indicates the source of funds for each appropriation.

For more information on starting a Major Capital Outlay project, please contact Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction at (818) 677-2561.

Design Management - Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction includes architectural services, including In-House architectural design services for minor renovations, interior design, renderings, and furniture selection.   The Campus Architect generally oversees Major Capital Project Design Management and overall campus development.  While our other in-house Architects work on minor capital improvements, interior renovations, including feasibility and programming studies.
Depending on complexity, size, and scheduling, Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction may recommend the use of one of the University’s annually appointed campus consulting agreement for outside architectural services.
For more information, and/or questions please feel free to call Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction at (818) 677-2561.