Capital Planning initiatives have a centralized intake process to enable effective prioritization and a more holistic view of capital projects.
The Major Project Planning Process serves as a systematic and transparent approach to review major projects on an individual basis and ensure major projects are properly managed from inception to construction.
The planning process also recognizes additional mitigating factors such as internal and external funding opportunities, life safety, and code and regulatory issues.
The major project planning process has four stages:
- Stage 1: Project request
- Stage 2: project pre-planning
- Stage 3: project preliminary approval
- Stage 4: project governance (Board of Governors’ approval)
All major projects in excess of $500,000 will adhere to this process, including capital building projects, major computer software acquisitions, major equipment purchases, infrastructure projects and all major acquisitions that have a value greater than $500,000.
Major Capital Planning Process
Key Projects in Progress
Health Sciences - Final Components
The A Wing Renovations represent the largest part of the final components of the Health Sciences project and are critical to ensuring the achievement of the overall vision and the efficient operation of the Health Sciences facility. Other components include the C Wing Renovations and connection pieces between the Wings.
Collaborative Science Research Building
The Collaborative Science Research Building will be a flexible laboratory building to support the life and natural sciences areas.
Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE)
The globally-unique LFCE will partner and integrate USask, the government (including Western Beef Development Centre, WBDC) and numerous industry organizations in 3 physical facilities.
Northern Gateway Hub
The University is creating a campus hub in Prince Albert (PA) which will provide a strong university presence at the gateway to northern Saskatchewan by consolidating existing programs and integrating any new programs into a centralized learning and community-based scholarship centre.
Merlis Belsher Place
The Merlis Belsher Place project is a twin pad ice facility, owned by the university and operated by a third party operator. One pad will meet the needs of the university, and the other will be available to the public on a rental basis.
10 Year Capital Plan
In 2016, the university developed the initial 10 Year Capital Plan (the Plan) to provide an overview of the capital projects anticipated at the university over the next decade. The projects in the 10 year capital plan had a wide range of design and development. Some projects have relatively defined scopes of work while others still require assessment of needs and space requirements. The projects and timelines outlined within the Plan require validation by the institution through a prioritization model.
The Plan outlined the potential projects, both construction and renovation, as well as Information and Communications Technology projects, in three categories:
- Well-Defined Projects – Approval (either Board 1 or Board 2) has been received but construction has not yet commenced.
- Known Projects – Projects that will be actively explored for Board readiness.
- In Development Projects - Projects with some level of preliminary planning but no formal approval under the Major Capital Project Planning Process.
Within each category, the projects are classified as Academic, Student or Administrative. The plan also includes Information and Communications Technology, Infrastructure or Multiple-Connected (falling under more than one category) projects. The cost estimates assigned to each project represent a Rough Order of Magnitude estimate which will be refined as projects are further developed.
The 10 year capital plan will be updated in 2019 in conjunction with the priorities identified in the University Plan and the College plans.