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Renovation and Renewal Services

The Facilities Management – Project Management group is responsible for deferred maintenance and managing construction projects under $1 million, including building renovations, rehabs and space repurposing.

Project Management

A project manager is assigned to each renovation or alteration project. The project manager oversees the detailed coordination of your job and serves as your primary contact. Project managers resolve conflicting concerns of groups affected by construction and maintenance work on campus, including:

  • Customers
  • Contractors
  • Maintenance staff
  • Parking staff
  • Code and life safety authorities
  • People with disabilities
  • Environment, Health & Safety
  • Information Technology Services

Project Status

MyConstructionProjects, UC San Diego’s Construction Project Dashboard, is a user-friendly tool that provides the most current information about your major and minor capital improvement projects. Anyone who has Single Sign-On access can use this tool.

Renovation Services

We offer a full range of construction services for renovation and alteration to ensure that campus buildings are safe, accessible, efficient to maintain and contribute aesthetically to the campus.

To guide you through the process, Facilities Management 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
  • Document archiving

Types of Work Performed


  • Building or demolishing walls and doors
  • Painting
  • Installing shelves and cabinetry
  • Laying carpet or tile
  • Installing acoustical ceilings
  • Changing window or door locations


  • Adding outlets or changing to 220/240 volts
  • Wiring for electricity
  • Installing:
    • Projectors
    • Breakers
    • Electrical Conduits
    • Switches
    • Lighting
    • Sensors
    • Heater controls


  • 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


  • Installing:
    • Compressed air supply in labs
    • Fume hoods
    • Fire alarms and strobes
    • Safety equipment
  • Space planning
  • Improving handicap access
  • Patching paving
  • Correcting intake and exhaust problems
  • Waterproofing
  • Water cooling

Note: Every construction, renovation, alteration, maintenance or utility change at UC San Diego — 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).

Project Manager Responsibilities

  • Supervising a cost-effective design solution, which may be created in-house or by a consulting firm. For small projects not involving safety, structural, mechanical or electrical systems, the project manager may be the designer.
  • Obtaining reviews and approvals from university offices and public agencies, including distributing review sets of drawings and specifications, at appropriate stages of document completion:
    • For large projects — at schematic, design development, 50% and 100% complete
    • Smaller projects — fewer iterations required
  • Preparing cost estimates and budgets, and ensuring that adequate funds are available
  • Preparing schedules and updates
  • Ensuring compliance with campus standards as well as local, state, and federal codes
  • Ensuring the project is advertised on schedule and bid documents are available for distribution
  • Ensuring bids are received in conformance with university requirements
  • Monitoring work during construction and keeping clients informed
  • Providing follow-up service after occupancy as needed

Hourly Recharge Rates

  • Assistant Director (66% of time): $175
  • Project Management Supervisors (100% of time): $140
  • Project Managers (100% of time): $125
  • Contracts Manager (as needed): $125
  • Administrative staff (100% of time): $65


Call the Facilities Management Customer Relations Help Desk, (858) 534-2930, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.