The Process

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The following outlines the Medical Center’s process to comply with the University’s procedures for reviewing and approving capital improvement projects. Such projects include new construction, renovations, infrastructure and information technology improvements that serve to enhance the physical assets of the University.

Capital spending at Columbia is guided by the University’s rolling five-year Capital Plan, which is reviewed periodically by the University Trustees. The Capital Plan includes three categories of spending:

  • Active projects - projects that have been authorized to proceed through the Capital Project Approval Process
  • Planned projects - projects that have already been accepted into the Plan presented to the Trustees, but have not yet been through the Capital Project Approval Process
  • SOGR programs – annual programs that have already been accepted into the Plan presented to the Trustees and are part of the Columbia University Facilities (CU Facilities) state-of-good-repair programs (SOGR).

For Active and Planned projects, spending can not occur until the individual project has been through the approval process outlined in this document. For SOGR programs, approval is granted each year by the Trustees for the following fiscal year’s spending when the annual Operating Plan and Capital Budget are approved.

The process outlined below is used to (1) move projects from “planned” to “active” and (2) add new projects to the Plan. It does not apply to SOGR program spending.

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