Projects considered for approval shall meet the following criteria:
(1) The project shall meet all applicable Board standards
as described in §§17.30 - 17.51 of this title (relating
to Rules Applying to New Construction and Addition Projects, Repair
and Renovation Projects, and Real Property Acquisition Projects).
(2) If the project financing involves private gift
or grant funds, these funds are either in-hand or the governing board
shall commit an alternative source of funds, or if the private gift
or grant funds are not received, the governing board agrees to forego
(3) If the project causes an increase in student fees,
such increases are executed in accordance with the applicable laws
concerning approval by the student body.
(4) If the project involves construction of a dormitory,
bookstore, food service facility, or other facility for which privatization
may be a viable alternative, the governing board shall have considered
the feasibility of privatization of both construction and operation
of the facility.
(5) If applicable, the project complies with the minimum
flood plain management standards established by the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Federal Emergency Management
(6) If the project includes the acquisition of real
property, the governing board shall have given appropriate consideration
to the effect of the acquisition on residential neighborhoods.
(7) If the project includes the acquisition of real
property, the acquisition shall be included in the institution's long-range
campus master plan or the institution shall certify that the project
represents an opportunity or emergency that could not be foreseen.
(8) All projects, with the exception of real property
acquisitions, shall be planned projects as defined in §17.3 of
this title (relating to Definitions) included in the institution's
most recently submitted Facilities Development Plan (MP1 report) or
the institution shall certify that the project represents an opportunity
or emergency that could not be foreseen.
(9) If applicable, the project complies with Texas
Government Code, §§469.001 - 469.105, concerning the elimination
of restrictive barriers.
(10) The project shall comply with Life Safety Standards
adopted by the State Fire Marshal.
(11) The institution verifies that the project complies
with Texas Government Code, §447.004, regarding energy efficiency
and shall provide a Certificate of Compliance to the State Energy
Conservation Office prior to occupancy. If the project involves energy
savings or conservation, the governing board shall have considered
the feasibility of an Energy Savings Performance Contract as a viable
(12) The institution shall verify that it will comply
with Texas Government Code, §§2161.252 - 2161.253, concerning
Historically Underutilized Business Subcontracting Plans.