Capital programs institute logoThe Capital Programs Institute (aka CPI or the Collaborative) is the UCOP program for design, construction and project management training. Under the coordination of Design and Construction, the program provides training for the capital programs staff on all University of California campuses and laboratories. The program is a collaborative effort, drawing on the expertise and years of experience among specialists to provide dynamic sessions covering:

  • current policy, process, and contract requirements
  • new delivery methods and associated contract documents
  • trends and changes in industry practices
  • innovations in methods and systems
  • business orientation in the UC context for new project managers (“project management boot camp”)
  • active discussion and idea exchanges to pollinate sister campuses with consideration of best practices and lessons learned

The collaborative’s primary audience is campus capital project managers, engineers and contract administrators. However, university staff whose work entails coordination with these project staff would also benefit (e.g., capital planners, physical & environmental planners, facility managers, EH&S inspectors, fire marshals).

Upcoming events

Design Strategies and Cost Impacts of the 2013 Energy Code for UC Projects Link

August 14 and 22, 2014

This CPI coordinated event is sponsored by Design Services. Consultants who developed a report on the impact of the new energy code will present the report and answer questions.

CPI Curriculum-Summer and Fall 2014 Link

Learning Opportunities for Capital Programs Staff - Come back for weblinks soon!

Delivery Methods for Project Managers, EDPA/PSA and Design Issues, Webinar on Stormwater, continuation of webinar series on contract issues.

Past events

Understanding Our Contract Documents: Webinar #2 - Paying the Contractor Link

June 30th 2014

Presentation on Payment Application, Retention Options, Escrow Agreement, and more.

Successful Capital Program Development Link

June 11 and 12, 2014

This CPI took the learner through the process of developing an overall capital program. Although capital planners gleaned quite a bit from this session, it also focused for project managers and facility staff.

Essential Tools for UC Construction Professionals: Scheduling, Specifications, and BIM Link

May 28th and May 29th, 2014

Our CPI Critical Path Method (CPM) training was relevant to all professions that manage projects; construction, design, real estate, or otherwise.

Understanding Our Contract Documents: Webinar #1- Changes to the Contract

May 5th 2014

Held as a webinar: discussed Change Orders, Field Orders, Cost Proposals and more

Smart Labs for UC and CSU Campuses: How to Safely Cut Your Laboratory Energy Use in Half

April 24, 2014 - FREE

This program will be held at UC Irvine in CalIT 2.

Understanding and Implementing LEEDv4 for BD+C and ID+C

April 11, 2014 - FREE

This program will be held at UC Davis at the 180 Medical Sciences Building

Benchmark-based, Whole Building, Energy Performance Targets

December 12 and January 28 - FREE

This program was held in Southern and Northern California (UCI and UCM).

The Art of Prequalification and UC's CM@Risk

October 23 and 30, 2013

This program will be held in Oakland at the Executive Inn and Suites and on UCLA at Covel Commons in the Grand Horizon Room.

UC Planners' Workshop

October 24-25, 2013

This program was held at UC San Diego at the Village West Building 1 in Room A on the 15th Floor.

UC Real Estate Roundtable

October 16-17, 2013

This program was held in downtown Oakland at the 5 Star Conference Center in the Paramount Room.

Managing Building Information Modeling

September 4 and 11, 2013

This program was held in Oakland and UC San Diego at the Institute of Americas

UC Construction and the Law

The Office of General Counsel Construction attorneys provided two quality and full programs. If you are interested in the viewgraphs, please contact Emily Montan.

Contact Emily Montan Link

Design Build Contracts

April 17, 2013 and April 24, 2013

This program will be held at UC San Francisco and at UC San Diego. The registration fee is $50.00.

UC CPI – Demystifying the Certificate of Insurance

May 13, 2013

This was a free webinar sponsored by Risk Services.

Lean Construction Principles for UC

March 26, 2013 and April 4, 2013

This program was held at UC Berkeley and at UCLA. The registration fee is $50.00.

Laboratory HVAC Design for Energy Efficiency

November 28, 2012

Dale Sartor, a laboratory energy efficiency expert with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and two experienced practitioners from UC Irvine, Matt Gudorf (Energy Manager) and Lisa Mahar (EH&S) presented at this event. The course featured interactive discussion of best practices and lessons learned with participants.

Integrated Project Delivery/Controlling Construction Costs

September 27 and October 3, 2012

This program was held on UC San Francisco and UC Los Angeles campuses. Greg McKinnon of Hemming Morse Inc. and Sandra Beck of UC San Francisco discussed controlling construction costs and applying the concepts to Integrated Project Delivery method.

Emergency Building Assessment and Coordination: After the "Big" One

This training was provided by the CalEMA. If you were unable to attend, please visit their website and look for upcoming sessions. They also offer "train the trainer" sessions.

CalEMA homepage Link

Quality Assurance Techniques for Design & Construction Documents

October 25, 2011 and November 9, 2011

A program offered at UC Davis and UC Irvine.

Emergency Operations Center Workshop and Tour

December 2, 2011

This was presented at CSU Northridge. The focus of this workshop was learning from CSU Northridge's process of recovery from the 1994 earthquake.

3 in 1: Labor compliance program changes/Builder's risk insurance/Best value selections

This combined presentation contained important information on the new Labor Compliance Program requirements and recent changes to the Builders Risk insurance program, as well as a guided tour of how to implement Best Value contractor selection.

Water Wise

Best practices for moisture protection, waterproofing, and risk reduction

This program will cover good design and specs for roofs and skin, proper protection during the construction process and what to do if there's a leak.

Cost Recovery for Disaster Claims

May 2012

This program was held at UC Irvine and CSU East Bay. It was sponsored by Risk Services and focused on processing FEMA claims through CalEMA. The webinar is available for viewing and listening.

View Webinar Link

Understanding the New ADA for UC Campuses Link


This program was presented by a representative from Cummings hitting the highlights of the changes.

Title 24: High Performance Building under 2013 Standards

Update on Title 24 for implementing by 2014 in exceeding it by 20%

This program covered a case study of energy efficiency measures and compared the new standards to what UC and CSU currently have in place.