The Implementation Plan is the College’s action plan to address the physical master plan. The implementation of the master plan is an ongoing – ever-changing course of improvement. It combines all types of projects in an attempt to strategically address higher priorities with limited funds. The plan consolidates repairs and replacement needs, renovations, new projects, utility improvements, and land issues.
Due to the lack of state support in higher education facilities, Fort Lewis College have looked for alternative methods to meet facility needs. In the past, prior to 2001, the state had taken primary responsibility for the funding of academic facilities and controlled maintenance. The combination of TABOR and Amendment 23 (K-12) in conjunction with a sharp and sustained decline in state revenue has made funding of capital construction problematic. The significant capital appropriations between 1993 and 2000 were the result of a strong and expanding economy combined with the interaction of the TABOR funding limit and the statutory 6% state general fund operating limit. These particular circumstances will be very difficult to replicate in the future. In addition, the impact of Amendment 23 further exacerbates the problem. In order to continue to meet the needs of students it will be necessary for higher education institutions in Colorado to develop mechanisms which place greater responsibility on themselves to define and fund facility requirements.
Other traditional funding sources that are important
The above funding considerations are the basis to the development of the Fort Lewis College Facilities Development Plan (FDP). This is the Implementation Plan for the campus Master Plan. This is where the physical needs outlined in the Master Plan are conceptualized into projects, prioritized and funding is sought for.
All campus physical improvements of substantial scale are incorporated into the FDP, regardless of type, priority, or funding. This provides a complete picture of all the campus’ physical needs, helping organize improvements with maintenance and operations.
Funding strategies are introduced and projects are prioritized for use during the upcoming fiscal year. Project plans are developed for highest priority projects and budget requests are developed for the projects that have yet to be funded.
During the annual review process, the Physical Plant and Facilities Planning Committee updates the FDP. Project information is adjusted, new projects introduced, completed projects removed, and new priorities established. The FDP, and its process, insures projects are implemented in a manner that reflects programmatic needs and academic priorities of the campus.
The Program Issues and the College’s Academic Plan (both included in the Master Plan Reference Information) are the premise to most all improvements included in the Implementation Plan. Priorities are determined by the Planning Committee and are based on numerous variables. Some of which include health and life safety concerns, accreditation issues, space needs, building conditions, academic priorities, revenues, life cycle costs, and general efficiencies in facilities use.
Implementation Plan Summary