Announcing the Office of Capital Planning and Space Management

Office of the Provost
Friday, March 18, 2011 4:50 PM
KU Lawrence Staff, Faculty and Affiliates

The office of Capital Planning and Space Management (CPSM) has been established and will be a point of first contact for large capital projects on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Reporting to the vice provost for administration and finance, CPSM expands the responsibilities of the current office of space management and will provide the following services:

  • Space accounting, reporting, and support for an on-going process for allocation
  • Definition of activities and projected needs for space and related programming
  • Coordination of the initial stages of project definition, development, and justification along with capital investment requirements

“In the earliest stages, large building projects can be vague yet at the same time potentially complex,” said Provost Jeffrey Vitter. “The successful planning and staging of building projects, large and small, within a large university require insight into overlapping activities. Bringing more details to this early stage of project definition is a primary role for CPSM.”

CPSM will apply an integrated approach to space management and capital planning. Although the office will report to the vice provost of administration and finance, it will maintain close ties with the senior vice provost of academic affairs. The office of CPSM will also play a support role for the forthcoming university-wide Capital Projects Council, an oversight council chaired by the chancellor and made up of key leaders from KU representing the academic, research, financial, philanthropic, architectural, and operations units. The Capital Projects Council will have overall responsibility for the campus master plan.

This office will be led by Tracy Horstman, Assistant Vice Provost for Capital Planning and Space Management. She has a B.A. in interior design from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas. She brings to the position experience in space management and project planning for large projects in both the public and private sector.

Tom Waechter will assume the role of Director of Capital Planning. He is a KU graduate in Architecture and Urban planning has twenty plus years of experience with university projects involving academic and research facilities, campus land use, west campus development, historic surveys and overall campus master planning. His prior position was assistant director with KU’s office of Design and Construction Management.

Provost Vitter explained that “KU needs a point of coordination when capital projects are proposed. It is the responsibility of this office to establish the appropriate agenda, gather the necessary information, and work with the many stakeholders to accomplish the task.”

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