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Capital Budget

Overview

Campus Capital Construction investments target access, excellence, sustainability, safety, and job creation through the development, protection and enhancement of the State’s university facilities in support of their teaching, research, and service missions.

Each biennium, OUS prepares a capital construction program that outlines a list of priority capital construction projects for each campus requesting State of Oregon bonds as a funding source. The State Board of Higher Education (Board) evaluates and prioritizes each project based on established criteria. These priority projects are then submitted as part of the Agency Requested Budget to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) for consideration in the Governor’s Balanced Budget (GBB) presented to the Legislature.

OUS works with each campus to prepare project requests that meet the Board’s prioritization criteria for inclusion in the Agency Request, and advocates for project funding during the legislative process. OUS works to ensure that projects directly respond to campus needs, are cost-effective in their design and scope to ensure affordability, and contribute to student success through the integration of technology and innovative and collaborative instructional spaces to enhance the student learning experience.

Capital Development Process

Capital Budget Funding Sources

Project Classifications

  • Auxiliary (AUX): Funded primarily through the use of Article XI-F(1) bonds, repaid through revenues generated by the facility operations. Examples include campus housing, dining facilities, parking lots/structures, and athletics facilities.
  • Education and General (E&G): Eligible to receive state General Fund revenues and Article XI-G bonds, these facilities provide instructional space, administrative and campus support facilities necessary for the university. Examples include libraries, classrooms, and research laboratories.
  • Student Building Fee (SBF): A legislatively mandated fee paid by students each term that serves as the source of debt repayment. Capital construction projects are primarily funded through Article XI-F(1) bonds and repaid through revenues generated by operating the facility. Examples include housing, parking lots/structures, student unions, and athletics facilities.
  • Systemwide (SYS): An omnibus line item amount to cover academic modernization, code compliance, deferred maintenance and capital repair projects. Projects that serve more than one campus are also proposed under this category.

Current Biennium Capital Budget Request

Current Biennium Campus Capital Program

Previous Biennium Legislatively-Approved Capital Budgets