CUNY owns some 27 million square feet of space on 24 campuses in nearly 300 buildings, whose average age is more than 50 years with some older than a century. Additionally, the complexity of CUNY’s buildings varies widely based on both construction era and functional program. Capital Reinvestment is a major annual investment program to address deficiencies in campus facilities, particularly end of life-cycle building systems and infrastructure. Distinct from routine or on-going maintenance, capital reinvestment focuses on facilities renewal, deferred maintenance and adaption of the physical plant in response to changes in use, codes or standards.
The Capital Reinvestment Program’s mission is to develop a multi-year plan for strategic reinvestment in University facilities that not only enables buildings to remain operational, but also positions the University to make effective decisions about future needs across the campus system. It represents the outgrowth of the foundational initiative, the State-of-Good-Repair Program, following the first milestone study completed in 2007 in partnership with SUNY. The scale of deferred maintenance identified continues to grow as the age of facilities further advances. Building a systematic approach to facilities renewal aims to manage the extent of crisis repairs required. The Capital Reinvestment Program prioritizes projects that address broad categories in the areas of life safety, accessibility, infrastructure performance, resource efficiency, and renewal of critical building systems (e.g. electrical, plumbing, HVAC). The table below describes the objectives of project categories.