Capital Planning and Projects

Capital Planning and Projects is a division under the Office of Operations and is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of major capital projects funded by the state, as well as the coordinated execution of major auxiliary projects such as residence halls or athletic complexes. Other responsibilities include coordination of Minor Works projects with Facilities Management, organizing and submitting funding requests to the state through the "Call for Capital" process, and developing and tracking of the Capital Master plan.

Meet the Capital Planning & Projects Team

Call for Capital

  • Call for Capital Process

    Call for Capital Process

    The long legislative process that leads to state capital budget funding begins now, in summer 2021. Over the next year, CWU must identify and articulate to state policymakers what facilities must be remodeled or added to our campuses to meet the emerging needs of students, faculty, and staff. You are invited to participate in that process.

    CWU already has three on-going high priority major capital projects, by virtue of our success with previous capital budget processes.

    1. The Health Education project will renovate and add to Nicholson Pavilion. This project received design funding this biennium; we will request construction funding for the 2021-2023 biennium.
    2. The Humanities and Social Science Complex project will be the first non-STEM related project in recent CWU history. This project will focus on academic space replacement of Farrell Hall and Language & Literature buildings. We received design funding for 2021-2023 biennium and plan to ask for construction funding for the 2023-2025 biennium.
    3. Addition of 1,200-ton Chiller project will add a redundant cooling capacity to the campus infrastructure with the completion of Health Sciences building. This project received construction funding for the 2021-2023 biennium.

    In order to ensure a coordinated approach to capital planning, this year's capital request process is following the below schedule to identify new priority projects and opportunities.


    June 18th: Capital and Minor Works Town Hall kick-off at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Join here:

    October: University community attend a follow-up Capital Town Hall to learn more about the university's ten-year capital plan and methodology for capturing community feedback and future space needs. Two briefings will be held (date/time/location to be announced). IdeaScale, an innovation management software tool, will be available to capture project proposals. Projects will initially be scored by the university community using the tool but should complement the ten-year capital plan and the university's strategic plan.

    November: Capital Planning and Projects will complete a capital plan road show by introducing the status and initiatives to university committees and councils.


    January: Closing of idea submissions, which will be gathered and organized. Brief Cabinet of initial outcomes. Cabinet review of project proposals for the next capital submission. Capital Town Hall to summarize the project idea submissions (date/time/location to be announced).

    March: Capital Planning and Projects assign project numbers and develops initial budget cost estimates. Cabinet discusses the proposals and recommends projects to the President, who establishes the capital budget priorities. Finalize capital request intent and brief Cabinet.

    April: Communicate capital plan status and initiatives to university committees and councils. Capital Town Hall to inform the final outcome.

    May Board of Trustees meeting: The projects are presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration and approval.

    August: Submit 2023-2025 capital request to the state budget office.

    For questions, comments, or general requests related to our capital process and call for capital, please email us at

Submit your "Call for Capital" idea by clicking on the button below

Active faculty, staff, and students: Sign-in using your CWU credentials and create your community name. Watch a brief video tutorial on how IdeaScale works. Have questions about IdeaScale? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page: IdeaScale FAQ

Capital Planning Project Photos

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Central Washington University Ellensburg campus Health Science construction site progress May 2021

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Health Science Atrium construction site progress May 2021