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The Campus Planning & Sustainability Offices provide support to multiple PSU committees.

Capital Advisory Committee and Subcommittees

The Capital Advisory Committee (CAC) is charged with advising the President on the physical development of the campus including new construction, major renovations, new leases, and acquisitions of property. The CAC sets capital priorities, helps determine physical growth, and ensures that space is managed well and utilized efficiently. 

The primary responsibilities of the committee include:
  • Prioritizing capital projects above $500,000
  • Prioritizing department space expansion plans greater than 5,000sf 
  • Reviewing the leasing of new internal or external space
  • Providing input on deferred maintenance needs and priorities
  • Approving policies and procedures regarding space standards, allocation, planning and utilization
  • Assisting and advising on physical planning studies and space efficiency analysis
  • Periodically reviewing existing space utilization which may lead to recommendations to re-assign underutilized space

The Capital Advisory Committee developed a list of potential construction and renovation projects on campus. The draft list was used to inform the capital project request submitted to the state legislature. More information.

The CAC is composed of representatives from across the institution, including the provost and other vice presidents, ASPSU representatives, and several other deans and unit heads. The CAC meets monthly. Several subcommittees focus on specific areas. Subcommittees are composed of members of the Capital Advisory Committee and other staff and faculty members with relevant expertise.

Subcommittees include:

Building Committees

When units are preparing to move to a new location, undergo a construction project, or implement programmatic changes that affect space use, a building committee is formed to identify space needs. Building committees are typically composed of representatives of the unit and representatives of other campus departments with relevant expertise. The findings of a building committee often inform the selection and design of space for the unit.

Current Building Committees include:

  • Graduate School of Education Building Committee
  • Honors Building Committee
  • Library Building Committee

Climate Action Plan Implementation Team (CAP-IT)

CAP-IT is tasked with implementing strategies to meet the goals of our Climate Action Plan (CAP). Strategies may include a range of activities that result in greenhouse gas reductions in building energy use, materials consumption, travel, and transportation. The CAP-IT sets priorities and interim goals, establishes tracking metrics to evaluate effectiveness, creates and manages financing strategies, lobbies for institutional buy-in, and informs annual progress reporting.


  • Dan Zalkow, Executive Director for Planning, Construction & Real Estate 
  • Ian Stude, Transportation Options Manager, Transportation and Parking Services
  • Jenny McNamara, Campus Sustainability Manager
  • Sarah Johnston, Employee Relations & Training Specialist, Human Resources
  • Jason Abbott, Manager of Campus Accounting Services
  • Chuck Lanham, Associate CIO / Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Technology
  • Darin Matthews, Director, Contracting & Procurement
  • Rick Viaene, Assistant Director, Operations and Maintenance
  • Jason Franklin, Director of Campus Planning and Design
  • Mike Walsh, Director of Housing and Residence Life

CAP-IT Staff:

  • Noel Mingo, Utilities Manager
  • Quinn Soifer, Facilities Engineer, Capital Projects & Construction
  • Molly Bressers, Program & Outreach Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Office
  • Tony Hair, Waste Management Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Office