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

Working with the CM at Risk Project Delivery Method Link

March 5 and 12, 2015

This training program will be co-presented by UC's Construction Services, UCSF's Michael Bade, UCSD's Jim Gillie, UCLA's Kip Baker and UCSB's Jack Wolever. It will be held in Oakland and Irvine.

Understanding Our Contract Documents: Webinar #6- Labor Compliance for UC Link

March 18, 2015 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Monique Cox, the Labor Compliance Officer for UC Davis, will be sharing her best practices for construction labor compliance.

Job Order Contracting (JOC) 2015 on UC Campuses Link

April 1, 2015 - Oakland; April 8, 2015- UCLA; April 9, 2015 - UCSD

This CPI workshop will be facilitated by The Gordian Group: UC's consultants for the JOC.

The Capital Process at UC Link

May 5 and 12, 2015

This program will be facilitated by UC's Capital Planning staff. It will be offered in Oakland and on UC Irvine campus.

Working with the Design Build Delivery System Link

May 6 and 13, 2015

This training program will be presented by the Design Build Institute of America. It will be held in Oakland and Irvine.

Past events

2013 Energy Code: T24 California Energy Code for Renovations, Alterations, Additions, and Energy Efficiency Projects Link

DECEMBER 5, 2014 (UCD) and DECEMBER 10, 2014 (UCI)

Staff from UC Davis, California Energy Commission and PG&E presented to UC and CSU staff on the new energy code as it applies to commercial buildings.

Selecting and Managing Your Design Professional Link

November 18, 2014 (Oakland) and December 2, 2014 (UCSD)

This CPI event provided construction professionals information on UC's executive design professional agreement and how to work with design consultants.

UC Physical and Environmental Planner's Workshop Link

November 13-14, 2014

This annual program for UC physical and environmental planners was held on UC Davis.

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

Alex Spilger from GreenStep presented on the most recent version (4) of LEED for BD+C and ID+C. The material that he covered at UC Davis is on the SharePoint site. This program was sponsored by the UC CSU IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership Program.

Contract Administrator's Workshop Link

October 20-21, 2014

This is a program by invitation to UC construction contract managers. They set the agenda. It was held on UC Davis at the Buehler Alumni Center.

Essential Tools for UC Construction Professionals – Project Delivery and Contract Boot Camp feat. Best Value Link

September 3 and 17, 2014

This session had three important components. Kip Baker walked everyone through what happens in a project for contract administrators. Dylan Paul provided an overview of UC contract documents and Chris Hornbeck provided a training on using Best Value procurement.

Storm Water Management Requirements for Operations, Maintenance and Capital Improvement Projects Link

August 15 and 25, 2014

The current policies and regulations on managing storm water compliance for new construction. The webinar is available - please click on the title. It will automatically download to the folder set up by IT or yourself. Double click on it to decompress the folder. Then, double click on the Stormwater folder. This will open it up.

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.

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.

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

Free training for UC CSU and Community College staff

This program was held on UC Davis campus. Alex Spilgar from GreenStep provided a day long training on the newest version of LEED (4).

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 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.

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.

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.