Office of Capital Planning, Space Management formed to guide building projects

A new office has been created to oversee large building projects on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. The Office of Capital Planning and Space Management is an expansion of what was previously called the Office of Space Management.

The new organization will handle space accounting and reporting for large projects. It will also project needs for space-related programming and coordinate initial stages of project definition, development and justification along with capital investment requirements. Office staff will report to the vice provost for administration and finance.

“In the earliest stages, large building projects can be vague yet at the same time potentially complex,” said Provost Jeffrey Vitter. “The successful planning and staging of building projects, large and small, within a large university require insight into overlapping activities. Bringing more details to this early stage of project definition is a primary role for CPSM.”

The office will work closely with the senior vice provost for academic affairs and will support the university-wide Capital Projects Council. The council will be chaired by the chancellor and comprise leaders from the academic, research, financial, philanthropic, architectural and operation units. It will also oversee the campus master plan.

Tracy Horstman, assistant vice provost for capital planning and space management, will direct the office. Tom Waechter has been named director of capital planning. He was previously assistant director of Design and Construction Management.

“KU needs a point of coordination when capital projects are proposed,” Vitter said. “It is the responsibility of this office to establish the appropriate agenda, gather the necessary information and work with the many stakeholders to accomplish the task.”


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