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

Contract Administrator's Workshop Link

October 20-21, 2014

This is a program by invitation, which is specifically for UC construction contract administrators. They set the agenda. It will be held on UC Davis and a room block is being held at the Hyatt Place on campus.

UC Physical and Environmental Planner's Workshop Link

November 13-14, 2014

This program is for UC physical and environmental planners only. It is being held on UC Davis and a room block has been held at the Hyatt Place on campus. The tentative agenda and more program information can be found on SharePoint.

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

October 9t- UC San Diego and November 7th-UC Riverside

Alex Spilger from GreenStep will present 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 is free. This is certified through the USGBC as a LEED training.

Uses of the EDPA and Working with the Design Professionals

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

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

Past events

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.

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

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 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.

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.

UC Physical and Environmental Planner's Workshop Link

November 13-14, 2014

This program is for UC physical and environmental planners only. It is being held on UC Davis and a room block has been held at the Hyatt Place on campus. The tentative agenda and more program information can be found on SharePoint.

Understanding the New ADA for UC Campuses Link

UCB and UCI

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.