Rice University General Policy No.
REMODELING OR CHANGES IN THE
BASIC STRUCTURE OF CAMPUS BUILDINGS
Academic and administrative departments of the University are not
authorized to make remodeling changes in any building they occupy
without the control of such work under the guidance of Planning and
Construction Section of the Physical Plant Department. The basic
utilities of the building such as air conditioning, domestic water,
electrical power distribution, steam or elevator service must not
be altered in any way without prior written approval from the
Physical Plant Administrator. Changes in the building structural
system, partitioning, access and corridors, fixed storage or
permanently installed furnishings and finishes shall not be made
unless authorization has been received.
The University recognizes that minor modifications are
frequently necessary in research areas. These same areas are
designed where modifications are easily implemented. However,
caution must be exercised in all cases where potential disturbance
of the basic utilities may occur as small changes might intrude on
the environment of others in the building. A coordinated effort in
advance usually avoids such disturbances to those who share the
Departments desiring remodeling or other changes to buildings
should discuss those with the Planning and Construction Section.
The requesting department should indicate the source of support or
payment of the remodeling and their maximum dollars available. With
construction costs at their presently high level, it is frequently
readily recognizable by the estimator that the funds available
simply will not be adequate for the proposed changes, and the
project has no hope for completion from currently available funds.
Prompt recognition of this fact will eliminate many wasted hours of
estimating and consultation time. In general, the cost of planning
and estimating is covered as part of a remodeling project. When
extensive plans are requested and then the project is abandoned,
the department requesting the plans will be charged for the
Departments without resources for remodeling may request a
capital improvement appropriation as part of the annual budget
process. These are graded by priority and funded by the Board of
Governors to the extent possible.
Policy No. 927-78
November 9, 1978