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K-State Today

February 16, 2023

Deferred maintenance project call for proposals

Submitted by Tara Fronce

Last year, the Kansas Legislature appropriated one-time funding to state universities to help address deferred maintenance on campuses for fiscal year 2023. The funds provided by the Legislature required a one-to-one funding match from university resources. Following a call for project proposals, the university awarded funding to support 12 projects totaling $11 million. 

Looking ahead, the governor has recommended another round of one-time funding for fiscal year 2024. Although this recommendation must still be approved by the Kansas Legislature, this is positive news for the university as we work to address our approximately $430 million deferred maintenance backlog.

The university is conducting another call for project proposals. All 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 April 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 from the Division of Facilities must be included. Submit cost estimate requests to Campus Planning and Project Management by March 1.

The total amount to be awarded will be determined once the Legislature concludes its budgetary work. Final projects selected for funding will be announced to campus later this spring.

Find the application form and more information about the program, including how to request cost estimates, on the vice president for administration and finance website.

Contact Casey Lauer, associate vice president for facilities, at cslauer@k-state.edu, or Ethan Erickson, vice president for administration and finance, at eerickson@k-state.edu, with questions.