Campus Planning

In campus planning, we look at the big picture. We conceptualize and consider how we can best shape the built environment.

Campus planning provides a framework that guides future development of our built environment – the buildings, open spaces, transportation and circulation, and infrastructure improvements. We balance challenges and opportunities to maximize effective use of campus property and keep UC Berkeley functioning effectively.

Project Initiation Request

Projects with projected costs $35,000 and above: Learn how to develop and submit a request to implement a major capital improvement project at UC Berkeley.

Small Projects and Estimates

Very small projects and renovations with projected costs $35,000 and lower: Submit a project renovation requisition. Also, learn how to to request a gateway estimate.

Capital Financial Plan

Proposed ten-year budget and schedule, updated annually, for all UC Berkeley projects over $750,000.

Administrative Committees

The Capital Planning Committee and the Design Review Committee advise the campus on projects and priorities, and the design of buildings and open spaces.

Campus Planning Documents

Review documents, including the Long Range Development Plan, that provide a framework for the growth and development of the UC Berkeley campus.

Campus planning is coordinated by two teams: Capital Planning and Physical & Environmental Planning. Their functions include:

  • Space program development
  • Funding analyses
  • Obtaining project approvals with the Office of the President
  • Communicating with campus and neighbors about projects
  • Navigating environmental regulations to minimize impact

More about Capital Planning and Physical & Environmental Planning:

Capital Planning

Judy Chess, Director

Capital Planning guides the approval process for UC Berkeley capital improvement projects. They facilitate the project intake and evaluation process, manage campus project approvals, develop the annual Capital Financial Plan, and coordinate project approvals as required by UC Office of the President and the UC Regents.

The Capital Planning team also collaborates campus-wide to prepare and disseminate project information to departments and units, provides information required by State agencies, and responds to project-specific inquiries by the campus, the Chancellor, and the UC Regents and Office of the President.

Physical & Environmental Planning

Vini Bhargava, Director

Physical & Environmental Planning (PEP) develops projects, plans and reports and engages with public agencies, cities and the community, to support UC Berkeley's physical space and transportation needs. They provide leadership in development and review of physical planning and design of capital project proposals. Decision-making for campus owned properties and their uses is guided by a regularly-updated framework of physical and academic plans. Much like an advanced planning department of a city, their role is to help develop and implement these plans, enhancing and sustaining the distinct character and environs of the campus as it grows and changes.

Physical & Environmental Planning is the office of record for project design review and environmental approvals and is responsible for campus compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

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