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Planning, Design and Construction (PDC) Minor Construction Projects

Directive Statement

This directive establishes the proper methods to set up minor construction projects from the time the project is requested to the time it is completed for Planning, Design, and Construction projects (NOT IFAS and Housing).

Reason for Directive

To establish a standard procedure for how minor construction projects at the University should be handled by departments.

Who must comply?

All University Departments EXCEPT IFAS and Housing.

New Project Requests

Planning, Design and Construction Project Request System (For non-housing or IFAS requests)

MINOR Construction Projects (Projects less than $2M)

Step 1: Project is requested by College/Department/Entity through the Planning Design, and Construction (PDC) project portal.

Step 2: Projects meeting the required criteria are approved through Construction Project Planning Executive Council (CPPEC).

Step 3: Projects not requiring CPPEC approval are assigned a PDC Minor Project number, PDC Project Manager, PDC Contract Administrator, and given approval to proceed to scope and budgetary discussions with requesting department.

Step 4: Upon agreement regarding project scope and budget, the College/Department/Entity provides PDC with funding source(s) that will be utilized and/or obtained (examples listed below).

Examples of funding sources:

  1. PECO funding: Construction Accounting gives advanced budget and draws down cash from the State as needed on a monthly basis.
    • Note: PDC follows Board of Governors – Fixed Capital Outlay/Legislative Budget Request process to obtain PECO funds.
  2. Non-sponsored Contracts and Grants resources, Auxiliary, Interest Earnings on non-appropriation funds, or Private Donations: Cash is required to be transferred into a construction accounting fund.
  3. UF Internal Loan: Construction Accounting gives advanced budget and requests Treasury Management to draw down cash monthly based on expenses.
  4. Sponsored Contract and Grant resources: Construction Accounting gives advanced budget and requests cash monthly based on expenditures.
  5. Education and General (E&G) funding: The request to utilize these funds must be approved by Construction Accounting.  Construction Accounting will verify that the request to use this type of funding source is allowable based on State Statutes and UF Policy.  Unique UF fund codes have been created to track E&G monies that are approved for construction expenses.  Cash is required to be transferred into the appropriate construction accounting fund.  The account code 787000-Capitalized Construction is no longer available for invoice payment processing by departments outside of Construction Accounting.
  6. Direct Support Organizations/Affiliates (University Athletic Association, Jacksonville Proton Therapy, etc.): All project accounting is conducted by the entity.  PDC reviews and makes recommendations for payments, etc.

Step 5: PDC Project Manager creates the budget in the Project Tracker system and assigns the department’s fiscal contact.  The Project Tracker system sends the funding request to the department contact.  The department contact adds the valid funding source and the system routes the funding notice directly to Construction Accounting who then processes the request.  If the project requires additional department funding, the PDC Project Manager routes a “budget amendment” to department for approval, inclusion of valid funding source, and subsequent routing to Construction Accounting for processing.

Step 6: Construction Accounting will create a project in PeopleSoft with receipt of funding request from department.  Note: PECO Minor Monies are received from the Florida Legislature/Board of Governors in a lump sum formula generated allotment.  These funds are used primarily for projects that extend the useful life of the facilities (ie; Roofs, Air Handling Units, etc.), or ADA/Fire code corrective projects and scopes.

Step 7: The PDC Contract Administrator submits requisitions to UF Procurement Services to create Purchase Orders after receipt of approved quotes, proposals, and contracts from PDC Project Manager for the actual cost of work.

Step 8: Invoices are directly uploaded by the vendor to the University of Florida’s Accounts Payable system and are reviewed and approved by the PDC Project Manager.

Step 9: The invoice is then routed to the PDC Contract Administrator for a second review and approval.

Step 10: The PDC Contractor Administrator routes approved invoices to Construction Accounting team for processing and final approval.

Step 11: Construction Accounting team reviews to ensure monies are available to pay the invoices and breaks down the invoices for “componentization,” to be classified and accounted for as an asset on the University’s books.

Step 12: Invoice is paid.

Step 13: At the completion of the project, it is reviewed for closeout and capitalized in the accounting system.

Definitions

Minor Projects

Construction of new facilities (which encompasses the addition of square footage to existing facilities) and renovation projects costing less than $2,000,000.

Renovation

Reallocation of existing square footage within the building area and can be classified as a minor or a major project depending on scope.  Does not add square footage to the building area; as defined by the term “addition” in the Florida Building Code (FBC) – Building section.

Remodel

Upgrades to a space within the building area and cannot be classified as a minor project.  Does not change or add square footage to the building area; as defined by the term “addition” in the Florida Building Code (FBC) – Building section.

Repair

Maintenance activities performed by Housing staff and/or 3rd party contractors; which cannot be classified as a minor project.  Routine maintenance, reconstruction, and renewal performed to correct damage and/or deficiencies in existing space.  Repair scope also includes replacement of a component required to maintain occupancy; such as lighting, air conditioning, or similar system.

Draw Schedule

This is a detailed payment plan for a construction project.  The goal is to make progress payments to the contractor as work is completed.

Purchase Order

A contract for the purchase of a good or service.  The process of issuing a PO ensures compliance with purchasing policies, budget checking for available funds, and encumbering of funds in the University’s budget systems.

Componentization

Componentization is the practice of separating the asset into component parts, such as the roof, electrical, HVAC system, flooring, etc.  Each part has a different rate of depreciation based on their physical life.

Last Reviewed

05/01/2020: reviewed content

Contacts

Construction Accounting: (352) 392-5778

Planning, Design and Construction: (352) 273-4000

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