The following words and terms shall have the following meanings,
unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) Acquisition--To come into possession or control
of real property or facilities. This includes the acceptance, purchase,
lease-purchase, transfer, or exchange of land or facilities.
(2) Academic Facilities--Facilities used for primary
instruction, research, and public service functions of the institution.
Academic facilities typically would include classrooms, libraries,
administrative and faculty offices, and student and research laboratories.
(3) Addition--Expansion or extension of an existing
facility that increases its size or capacity.
(4) Assignable Area of a Building--The sum of all areas
within the interior walls of rooms on all floors of a building assigned
to, or available for assignment to, an occupant or use, excluding
unassigned space. This is also referred to as net assignable square
(5) Athletic Facilities--Facilities used for athletic
programs, including intercollegiate athletics, intramural athletics,
and athletically-oriented academic programs.
(6) Auditorium or Assembly--A room, hall, or building
designed and equipped for the assembly of large groups for such events
as dramatic and musical productions, devotional activities, livestock
judging, faculty/staff meetings, or commencement. Included are theaters,
concert halls, arenas, chapels and livestock judging pavilions. Assembly
facilities may also serve instructional purposes to a minor or incidental
(7) Auxiliary Enterprise Buildings or Space--Income-generating
structures and space such as dormitories, cafeterias, student union
buildings, stadiums, athletic facilities, housing or boarding facilities
used by a fraternity, sorority, or private club, and alumni centers
used solely for those purposes. Auxiliary space is not supported by
(8) Board or Coordinating Board--The Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board members and the agency.
(9) Building--A structure with at least two walls for
permanent or temporary shelter of persons, animals (excluding animal
caging equipment), plants, materials, or equipment that is attached
to a foundation, roofed, serviced by a utility (exclusive of lighting),
is a source of maintenance and repair activities, and is under the
control or jurisdiction of the institution's governing board, regardless
of its location.
(10) Campus Condition Index (CCI)--A comparative indicator
of the relative condition of facilities calculated by dividing the
deferred maintenance backlog by the current Campus Condition Index
Value. This may be calculated for an individual building, group of
buildings, or an entire campus.
(11) Campus Condition Index Value (CCIV)--The institution-wide
relative value of an institution's facilities, as determined annually
by the Board. The method of calculation is based on approved Board
project costs. Campus Condition Index Values are calculated for Educational
and General (EGCCIV) space and Institution-Wide (IWCCIV) space. A
25 percent add-on is included to account for the cost of necessary
infrastructure. These are NOT to be used for insurance purposes.
(12) Campus Condition Report--A report outlining facility
maintenance needs in the areas of deferred maintenance and critical
(13) Campus Master Plan--A detailed long-range plan
of institutional physical plant needs, including facilities construction
and/or development, land acquisitions, and campus facilities infrastructure;
the plan provides long-range and strategic analyses and facilities
(14) Certification--Institutional attestation of reports
or other submissions as being true or as represented.
(15) Classroom--A room used for scheduled classes.
These rooms may be called lecture rooms, lecture-demonstration rooms,
seminar rooms, or general purpose classrooms. A classroom may contain
multimedia or telecommunications equipment, such as those used for
distance learning. A classroom may be furnished with special equipment
(e.g., globes, maps, pianos) appropriate to a specific area of study.
A classroom does not include conference rooms, meeting rooms, auditoriums,
or class laboratories.
(16) Class Laboratory--A room used primarily by regularly
scheduled classes that require special-purpose equipment for student
participation, experimentation, observation, or practice in a field
of study. Class laboratories may be referred to as teaching laboratories,
instructional shops, computer laboratories, drafting rooms, band rooms,
choral rooms, group studios. Laboratories that serve as individual
or independent study rooms are not included.
(17) Clinical Facility--A facility often associated
with a hospital or medical school that is devoted to the diagnosis
and care of patients in the instruction of health professions and
allied health professions; medical instruction may be conducted, and
patients may be examined and discussed. Clinical facilities include,
but are not limited to, patient examination rooms, testing rooms,
and consultation rooms.
(18) Committee--The members of the Board appointed
to consider facility-related issues.
(19) Commissioner--The chief executive officer of the
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
(20) Cost--The portion of the total project costs that
are reported by the institution as being for the actual cost of construction,
repair/renovation, or the actual purchase price for improved real
property purchases. Not included are costs associated with site acquisition
(for construction projects), closing costs (for improved real property
purchases) fixed equipment, site development, furniture and moveable
equipment, construction services, life safety compliance, professional
services fees, demolition costs, eminent domain costs, environmental
development, or contingency amounts.
(21) Critical Deferred Maintenance--Any deferred maintenance
that if not corrected in the current budget cycle places its building
occupants at risk of harm or the facility at risk of not fulfilling
(22) Deferred Maintenance--The accumulation of facility
components in need of repair or replacement brought about by age,
use, or damage, for which remedies are postponed or considered backlogged,
that is necessary to maintain and extend the life of a facility. This
includes repairs postponed due to funding limitations.
(23) Education and General (E&G Space)--Space used
for teaching, research, or the preservation of knowledge, including
the proportional share used for those activities in any building or
facility used jointly with auxiliary enterprise, or space that is
permanently unassigned. E&G space may be supported by state appropriations.
(24) E&G Cost--E&G Space/Total Space x Cost.
The costs associated with the E&G space included in a project.
This is determined by dividing the E&G assignable square feet
by the total project assignable square feet and then multiplying the
result by the cost.
(25) Efficiency--The proportion of the gross square
feet that can be assigned. This is determined by dividing the net
assignable square feet by the gross square feet.
(26) Energy Systems--Infrastructure in a building that
includes facility electric, gas, heating, ventilation, air conditioning,
and water systems.
(27) Energy Savings Performance Contract--A contract
for energy or water conservation measures to reduce energy or water
consumption or operating costs of institutional facilities in which
the estimated savings in utility costs resulting from the conservation
measures is guaranteed to offset the cost of the measures over a specified
(28) Facilities Audit--Comprehensive review of institutional
facility development, planning activities, and reports.
(29) Facilities Inventory--A collection of building
and room records that reflects institutional space and how it is being
used. The records contain codes that are uniformly defined by the
Board and the United States Department of Education and reported by
the institutions on an ongoing basis to reflect a current facilities
inventory. The facilities inventory includes a record of property
owned by or under the control of the institution.
(30) Facilities Development Plan (MP1)--A detailed
formulation of institutional programs to address repairs, renovations,
deferred maintenance, critical deferred maintenance, facilities construction,
demolition, property acquisitions, or infrastructure.
(31) Gift--A donation or bequest of money or another
tangible item, a pledge of a contribution, or the acquisition of real
property or facilities at no cost to the state or to the institution.
It may also represent a method of finance for a project.
(32) Gross Square Feet (GSF)--The sum of all square
feet of floor areas within the outside faces of a building's exterior
walls. This includes the areas, finished and unfinished, on all floors
of an enclosed structure, i.e., within the environmentally controlled
envelope, for all stories or areas which have floor surfaces.
(33) Improved Real Property--Real property on which
there are buildings or facilities.
(34) Information Resource Project--Projects related
to the purchase or lease-purchase of computer equipment, purchase
of computer software, purchase or lease-purchase of telephones, telephone
systems, and other telecommunications and video-teleconferencing equipment.
(35) Infrastructure--The basic physical structures
needed for the operation of a campus to include roads, water supply,
sewers, power grids, telecommunications, and so forth. Systems within
five feet of a building are considered building systems and are not
(36) Institution or institution of higher education--A
Texas public institution of higher education as defined in Texas Education
Code, §61.003(8), except a community/junior college.
(37) Legislative Authority--Specific statutory authorization.
(38) Lease--A contract by which real estate, equipment,
or facilities are conveyed for a specified term and for a specified
rent. Includes the transfer of the right to possession and use of
goods for a term in return for consideration. Unless the context clearly
indicates otherwise, the term includes a sublease.
(39) Lease-Purchase--A lease project that includes
the acquisition of real property by purchase, gift, or any other voluntary
transaction at some future time.
(40) Mixed Use--Facilities that have a mixture of uses.
These may include facilities that are E&G and non-E&G.
(41) Net Assignable Square Feet (NASF)--The sum of
all areas within the interior walls of rooms on all floors of a building
assigned to, or available for assignment to, an occupant or use, excluding
unassigned areas. NASF includes auxiliary space and E&G space.
(42) New Construction--The creation of a new building
or facility, the addition to an existing building or facility, or
new infrastructure that does not currently exist on campus. New construction
would add gross square footage to an institution's existing space.
(43) Parking Structure--A facility or garage used for
housing or storing vehicles. Included are garages, boathouses, airport
hangars, and similar buildings. Barns or similar field buildings that
house farm implements and surface parking lots are not included.
(44) Phased Project--A project that has more than one
part, each one having fixed beginning and ending dates, specified
cost estimates, and scope. Phased projects consider future phase needs
in the project plan; each phase is able to stand alone as an individual
(45) Project--The process that includes the construction,
repair, renovation, addition, alteration of a campus, building, or
facility, or its infrastructure, or the acquisition of real property.
(46) Project Review--The process used by the Board
and Board staff to determine whether the project meets Board adopted
standards for cost, efficiency, space need and space use.
(47) Purchase--The acquisition of and interest in real
property in exchange for valuable consideration.
(48) Real Property--Land with or without improvements
such as buildings.
(49) Repair and Renovation (R&R)--Construction
upgrades to an existing building, facility, or infrastructure that
currently exists on campus; this includes the finish-out of shell
space. R&R may add E&G NASF space.
(50) Research Facility--A facility used primarily for
experimentation, investigation, or training in research methods, professional
research and observation, or a structured creative activity within
a specific program. Included are laboratories used for experiments
or testing in support of instructional, research, or public service
(51) Shell Space--An area within a building with an
unfinished interior designed to be converted into usable space at
a later date.
(52) Space Need--The result of the comparison of an
institution's actual space to the predicted need as calculated by
the Board's Space Projection Model.
(53) Space Use--The determination of the efficiency
of use in existing facilities as determined by institutional performance
on accepted measures.