About Capital Project Management

The Project Management department is responsible for the successful execution of all capital construction projects that require competitive bids from the construction industry. As delegated by the Board of Trustees, Project Managers (PMs) are the University's representatives on construction projects. They are authorized to manage professional service consultant and contractor contracts for the design, bid/award, construction, commissioning, and closeout phases of capital projects for the Urbana campus. 

Initial phases of projects (initiation, programming, consultant selection, feasibility, or conceptualization) are managed by the Project Planning Department. However, to improve continuity, the PM will now manage these planning processes on most projects. The PM will continue in the lead management role with the execution of all remaining phases through the completion of the project. All projects will typically follow the process identified in the design guidelines.

During the design, bid/award, construction, commissioning, and closeout phases, the PM administers all contracts and works to ensure each professional and contractor meet the requirements of the contract documents, including the scope, schedule, and budget. The PM coordinates all work with the various parties involved in the project, including internal University of Illinois personnel and a multitude of external entities, e.g., cities, permitting authorities, and the general public.

As described in the Campus Administrative Manual Policy FO-56, "All capital construction projects managed by the Construction Management Division, Project Management Group of Facilities & Services will be assessed a project management fee. However, feasibility studies and equipment-only purchases will not be assessed a project management fee." These fees are based on the total project budget and will be adjusted according to the Project Management Fee Adjustments Policy.

The Project Management department is committed to delivering capital projects successfully, professionally, and collaboratively while keeping customer satisfaction a priority and serving in the best interest of the University.