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Planning & Construction - Major Projects

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Planning & Construction - Major Projects

Planning & Construction - Major Projects works with both contracted and in-house architects, engineers, designers, and specialty consultants to design and construct all major projects for BYU and its university affiliates. We prepare bid documents, provide building commissioning, coordinate owner-supplied/installed items, propose building occupancy to the city, and closely monitor campus construction to ensure general contractors are meeting the contract document requirements throughout the process, including construction site safety.

You must submit a work order to begin design and construction or a project request with Physical Facilities. The Work Order FAQ contains answers to frequently asked questions regarding the work order process and how to obtain a project estimate.

Architectural Programming

Architectural plans and right angle triangle ruler.
Once a project has been approved, Architectural Programming works with the project recipient to determine design requirements. We balance the scope and budget of the project, define expectations, and establish engineering criteria and benchmarks. We also uncover any issues that impact the project, such as site opportunities and constraints or sustainability targets and environmental concerns.

Space Management assists with any space analysis that occurs during this process. Architectural Programming and Space Management work together to determine room-by-room technical requirements and space needs.

Building Design

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Planning & Construction - Major Projects Building Design hires outside architects and engineers to provide design services for the university. We work closely with other departments in Physical Facilities (PF) including Facilities Planning & Design - Campus Projects, Space Management, Building Services & Project Delivery, campus engineers & interior designers, cost estimators, and those that will eventually occupy the building.

All architects, engineers, and contractors completing projects for BYU must adhere to the Instructions to Architects and Engineers Parts A, B, C, D, E, and F. These instructions are available on the Architect, Engineer & Contractor Information web page.


Building Commissioning reviewing building plans.
The goal of Commissioning is for all stakeholders to participate in the establishment of performance requirements, operations, and maintenance of campus buildings to ensure BYU receives a finished product that matches what was originally envisioned. Commissioning is a systematic process of proactively verifying that building systems are designed, installed, and thoroughly tested to the set of standards defined and required by BYU. A properly commissioned building is then capable of being operated and maintained as intended. It also provides optimized energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and occupant comfort, as well as establishing a foundation for minimal operational costs in the future.

Commissioning-hosted education classes are available on BYU's Training LMS. After logging into the Training LMS with a BYU Net ID, search for ‘Commissioning’ to locate the training videos. DVDs of the trainings are also available by contacting the Commissioning department at 801-422-5419.


Construction crew removing old ceiling tiles for a remodel.
BYU Construction manages all new construction and many of the larger remodeling projects on campus. Plans and specifications for these projects are provided by Planning & Construction - Major Projects Building Design department and/or the Facilities Planning & Design - Campus Projects department. Construction uses the bid documents for each project, bids the projects, and works with contractors to begin construction.

During construction, project progress and adherence to the Instructions to Architects and Engineers document are closely monitored by a construction manager. A final inspection, project closeout, and occupancy permit are part of this completion process.