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K-State Today

June 17, 2022

Deferred Maintenance Project call for proposals

Submitted by Tara Fronce

The Kansas Legislature recently appropriated one-time funding to state universities to help address deferred maintenance on the campuses. Deferred maintenance refers to the backlog of past due maintenance and renewal needs for building systems and components. To capture broad input from campus for potential projects, the university has established a call for proposals process to solicit project ideas. The proposal process will award approximately $5 million of the appropriated funds to support much-needed maintenance and upgrades of aging university facilities.

As required by state legislation, proposals require a one-to-one funding match and must address maintenance and improvements in mission-critical buildings. Additionally, projects should address one or more university and Kansas Board of Regents initiatives to improve space and classroom utilization, improve facility condition index ratings, align with strategic enrollment management, research or service missions, or address life safety, ADA or code issues.

Proposals will be accepted from major unit leaders until Sept. 1. The Campus Planning and Development Advisory Committee will review and prioritize proposals based on alignment with university and Kansas Board of Regents goals. An estimate of project costs must be included from Facilities. Please submit cost estimate requests to Campus Planning and Project Management by July 15.

Projects selected for funding will be announced to campus this fall.

Find the application form and more information about the program, including how to request cost estimates, on the University Operations website.

Contact Casey Lauer, associate vice president for facilities, at cslauer@k-state.edu, or Ethan Erickson, chief financial officer and interim vice president and chief operating officer, at eerickson@k-state.edu, with questions.