Location: SCR 357
Office of the State Architect Annual Report and Recommendations
COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
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10:49 AM -- Office of the State Architect Annual Report and Recommendations
Ms. Kori Donaldson, Legislative Council Staff, and Mr. Larry Friedberg, State Architect representing the Office of the State Architect (OSA), appeared before the committee to discuss various issues associated with controlled maintenance need and funding. Mr. Friedberg first presented the OSA Annual Report (the report may be accessed at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/osa/statebuildings). He discussed the state's capital inventory and the impact of the inventory's growth on controlled maintenance. Mr. Friedberg responded to questions regarding what types of buildings are included in the capital inventory. Mr. Friedberg discussed controlled maintenance funding trends since FY 1998-99, including funding provided through Senate Bill 17-267.
Discussion ensued regarding historic controlled maintenance funding as compared to OSA's recommendation to annually fund controlled maintenance at 1 percent of the state building inventory's current replacement value. Mr. Friedberg discussed the FY 2018-19 controlled maintenance recommendation. Ms. Donaldson returned the discussion to the impact of the growth in the state's building inventory on controlled maintenance need, and provided an overview of higher education building eligibility for controlled maintenance funding.
Ms. Donaldson responded to questions regarding the number of higher education academic buildings that are eligible for controlled maintenance funding. Ms. Donaldson discussed future controlled maintenance obligations based on recently approved capital projects, and how much money it would take for the state to "catch up" in terms of funding controlled maintenance need. Mr. Friedberg provided an overview of what types of buildings are eligible for state controlled maintenance funding, and discussed how eligibility has changed over time. He also discussed the definition of controlled maintenance, and responded to questions regarding what constitutes capital renewal. Ms. Donaldson provided input on the definition of capital renewal.
Discussion ensued regarding phasing a controlled maintenance project, as opposed to funding the project as capital renewal. Mr. Friedberg returned to discussing controlled maintenance funding eligibility. Ms. Donaldson discussed some options for improving the sustainability of controlled maintenance funding.
Ms. Donaldson continued to brief the committee on some options for improving controlled maintenance sustainability. Ms. Donaldson responded to questions regarding the potential for the General Assembly to access moneys set aside for future controlled maintenance and use it for other purposes. Ms. Donaldson proposed an additional idea for helping to stabilize controlled maintenance funding. Ms. Donaldson responded to questions regarding whether projects funded through the issuance of certificates of participation (COPs) are eligible for controlled maintenance funding. Ms. Esther van Mourik, Office of Legislative Legal Services, provided input on the timeline for determining whether COP-funded projects are eligible for controlled maintenance.
Discussion ensued regarding how the committee should proceed with the recommendations to stabilize controlled maintenance funding.
The committee adjourned.