Facilities Construction

Facilities Construction is the University of Washington’s in-house provider for small construction projects and renovations with a $15-$20 million biennial turnover.  This work is performed by skilled trades personnel to professional standards.

By Washington State statute, minor improvement or renovation projects performed by Facilities Construction must not exceed $90.000 in construction labor for multi-trade work or $45,000 for single trade work.  Also, modification in UW buildings must be accomplished in compliance with the UW Policy, which defines departmental responsibility.  If your project exceeds the dollar amounts above, we will facilitate a transfer of your project to another UW service provider.

Requesting a Project

Start with FS-Works.  Describe your project in detail.  After your work order is received we will contact you to start planning your project.

Projects take time to develop.  The sooner we are aware of your potential project, the sooner we can begin to work with you to plan it.

To best fit your project into our work schedule, we need to know the scale or size of your project.  After the size is determined, we will know when we can deliver an estimate, how many shops will be involved, and when the construction can begin.  Projects are routed differently depending on complexity.

For jobs involving multiple shops, you will be working with a Project Manager who will:

  • define scope and expectations with you
  • create an estimate
  • create and monitor a schedule for work
  • manage project budget as work proceeds
  • procure assistance from Campus Engineering, CPO Design Services, EH&S, UW-IT, City, Count or State regulatory agency permits and/or inspections as needed
  • resolve project issues

Project Management services are 13% of the total contract price. (FY14/15)

For projects smaller in size or scale, you’ll be working directly with shop personnel.  We may need to interface with other Facilities Services partners such as our Maintenance Shops, Campus Engineering, Building Services, or Moving and Surplus.

Contracting with Us

You may decide to contract with us in two different ways:

  1. Fixed Price contract
    A defined scope of work at a fixed cost.  Additional work requested and/or unforeseen conditions discovered during construction, including hazardous material abatement, will be added to the cost.
  2. Time & Materials Estimate
    All time and materials will be directly charged to the work request.  Additional work requested and/or unforeseen conditions discovered during construction, including hazardous material abatement, will be added to the cost.

Planning Resources:

We have a Night Shop staffed from 2:30pm to 1:00am Monday through Thursday.  In order to have less impact on your daily routine, parts of or your entire project may be completed after hours, should you chose.

Summer, class break periods and biennium close have the heaviest amount of scheduled work.

We have catalog pricing for some work:

Facilities Construction | Facilities Maintenance & Construction