Capital Improvement Project

The goal of the capital outlay program is to provide facilities appropriate to the CSU's approved educational programs, to create environments conducive to learning, and to ensure that the quality and quantity of facilities at the twenty-three campuses serve the students equally well.


Instructional and support facilities may receive state funds according to CSU systemwide standards and guidelines.

Funding for state funded projects typically depends on successful competition with projects proposed by other CSU campuses, and voter approval of a statewide bond initiative. Projects may be delayed for years before ultimately being funded.

Funding of nonstate funded projects such as student unions, parking and housing depend on verifying the alternate form of funding, such as donor gift, fees, and reserves.

Criteria of Setting Priorities for State–Funded Projects

New Facilities / Infrastructure

These funds eliminate instructional and support deficiencies, including new buildings and their group II equipment, additions, land acquisitions, and site development.

Existing Facilities/Infrastructure

  1. Critical Infrastructure Deficiencies: These funds correct structural, health and safety code deficiencies by addressing life safety problems and promoting code compliance in existing facilities. Projects include seismic strengthening, correcting building code deficiencies, and addressing regulatory changes which impact campus facilities or equipment. These funds also include minor capital outlay and capital renewal projects.
  2. Modernization/Renovation: These funds make new and remodeled facilities operable by providing group II equipment, and replacing utility services and building systems to make facilities and the campus infrastructure operable. These funds also meet campus needs by modernizing existing facilities or constructing new replacement buildings in response to academic, support program needs and enrollment demand as appropriate.