The work that UW Facilities carries out is funded by three main sources:

  • Capital funds allocated for major projects, such as new buildings or major renovations. More information about capital planning.
  • Operating funds allocated for services directly related to the overall operation and maintenance of buildings, roads, grounds and infrastructure.
  • Department funds paid for services or buildings not covered by University operating funds.

State-funded services

Services which are directly related to the overall operation and use of the University’s physical plant are usually paid by state operating funds.

These services include work of a routine, recurring nature required to keep buildings, utilities and grounds in safe and acceptable operating condition. Please refer to our building list (NetID required) for more information about which buildings are state funded.

Department-funded services

Some maintenance services completed by UW Facilities units are not covered by state-appropriated funds. These services, such as special equipment repair or maintenance services for self-sustaining entities, must be paid for by the department. This includes:

  • Painting, of both offices and non-public areas
  • Flooring replacement or repairs
  • Repairs to departmental furniture or equipment (this includes fume hoods, freezers, ice machines, centrifuges, stills and purification/filtering systems)
  • Special cleaning such as upholstery cleaning
  • Maintenance to computer equipment or server rooms

We recommend that departments consider their equipment and special use systems maintenance needs in their program renewal and budget planning.