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Project Initiation

How to Initiate a Project

To initiate a construction or renovation project, a Project Request Form needs to be completed and sent to the Director of Planning and Construction Services. The Project Request Form (PRF) can be downloaded by clicking here.

PRFs should be submitted to:
102 Facilities Management Building
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Faxed to:

A fund source, area of proposed work, and detailed project description should be included with the request. The PRF must be signed by the requestor and their department head.

Projects are addressed on a first come basis upon review by the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance. Please be advised that there is typically a backlog of projects. Once the form is received, requestors will be contacted regarding your project request as soon as possible.

There are several stages to a project, and depending on the scale of the work, each stage takes a fair bit of time.

Most projects will require at least one initiation meeting to determine scale, scope, impacts, schedule, and funding. If conceptual planning, programming, or budgeting development is needed, additional time will need to be scheduled for project planning work.

Facility modifications costing less than $1M but more than $25,000 account for the majority of projects at UMBC. These types of projects consist of teaching facilities upgrades, faculty startups, landscape improvements, and office relocations, among others. Potential fund sources include central, SGA, department, foundation, grant, DRIF, and excess indirect cost funds. For those project ideas originating at Week 0, the earliest anticipated date of completion is at Week 38. This scenario assumes that the funding is in hand and university approvals have been granted. Click here to see a Typical Timeline and Process for the completion of campus projects.