Definitions

Definition of a Construction Project:

A project is classified as any construction or renovation activity that changes the function, use or occupancy of a physical space, or eliminates/relocates services, utilities or architectural components.  Projects originate from the need to create, expand or alter a space due to program growth, changes in University methods or program delivery, advances in technology, or the need to replace a space, structure, or system that has reached the end of its useful life.

Definition of Maintenance:

Maintenance activities are defined as keeping spaces, structures and equipment in proper operating condition in a routine, scheduled, or anticipated fashion to prevent failure and/or degradation.  This includes one to one replacement of components & systems not requiring professional engineering or permitting.

Two key distinctions to help differentiate a Construction Project from Maintenance is that:

  1. Construction Projects typically require planning, professional engineering, permitting, and State inspection.
  2. Construction Projects are individually funded, whereas Maintenance is typically funded by an annual budget.

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