Facilities Design & Construction


The Facilities Design and Construction Office (FDC) coordinates and manages all planning, design and construction activities at SUNY Morrisville’s main and satellite campuses. Projects, regardless of size and scope, are governed by the office's commitment to alignment of facilities with campus strategic objectives through comprehensive planning, design and construction services. The Facilities Design and Construction Office responsibilities include:

  • Space Planning and Programming
  • Major Projects
  • Minor Construction
  • Facilities Records and Databases
  • Building Code Enforcement

Space Planning, Design and Programming

Planning and programming establish the feasibility of a project in quantifiable terms. These pre-design activities strive to articulate the project's goals and objectives as they relate to the program requirements, the site, schedule and available funding. At this stage, efforts focus on assessment, analysis, conceptualization, consultant recommendations and the reconciliation of needs and resources.

  • Space Analysis
  • Programming
  • Construction Models
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Conceptual Design
  • Consultant Recommendations

Major Projects

Most major projects — over $2 million — are handled by the State University Construction Fund (SUCF), or the New York State Dormitory Authority (DASNY). These complex, large-scale projects range from program studies to building rehabs to new buildings. SUCF/DASNY is responsible for hiring the architects, engineers, and specialty consultants, and for the issuance and award of construction contracts. FDC is deeply involved in all phases and aspects of these projects. The office represents the college's interests, coordinates design and construction with campus activities, reviews all contract documents and monitors all construction activities.

Minor Construction

The majority of campus projects are considered minor projects – under $2 million – and are managed solely by FDC. If the project requires architectural and engineering design, the FDC team procures the services of a design firm. Either way, FDC is involved in the definition of scope, programming, budgets and estimates, scheduling construction, and the accumulation of contract documents (drawings and specifications). During construction FDC acts in a variety of roles and responsibilities. These commitments range from owner's representative to construction site representative, and on occasion as the general contractor.

  • Scope Definition
  • Program Requirements
  • Budgets/Estimates
  • Scheduling Construction
  • Drawings & Specifications

Facilities Records and Databases

FDC maintains a plan room with an inventory of all existing plans, as-built drawings and specifications, as well as a Physical Space Inventory (PSI) database of every room on campus and its current use. Information collected here is available to university personnel and consultants associated with campus construction, renovations and maintenance activities.

  • Archives of Projects
  • Facilities Database
  • Physical Space Inventory (PSI)
  • Document Reproduction

Building Code Enforcement

Several members of FDC are trained and certified as New York State Uniform Building Code compliance managers and coordinators. The state has authorized the campus (main & satellite) to act as its own building code jurisdiction. The code enforcement officer is charged with building permit application, review and issuance, as well as inspection of construction, and issuance of certificates of compliance and occupancy. The building code compliance coordinators are responsible for policing the campus for violations, issuing citations for such violations, and managing their remediation.