Project Duration:

2003 – Present


University Park campus and                 20+ Commonwealth Campuses
750+ buildings
21.7 million GSF


Facility Condition Assessments

Infrastructure Assessment


Pennsylvania State University building collage

Pennsylvania State University

As a result of a competitive procurement process, ISES was selected in 2003 to conduct a five-year phased FCA study for the University Park campus in State College, PA. The University was so pleased with the results of the first phase that funding was accelerated to complete the entire study in four years instead of five, and additional requirements were added to the project to include all 20-plus campuses across the state and all utility infrastructure systems. The total combined scope of work included 229 buildings with 13 million GSF at the University Park campus and an additional 231 separate facilities with approximately 4.7 million GSF distributed among the Commonwealth’s campuses. Additions of facilities to the FCA database over the years have resulted in composite data for more than 700 facilities with over 21 million GSF.

In 2007, ISES began an annual update process, reinspecting one-fourth of the State College campus each year. A phased update inspection process for the Commonwealth campuses began in 2010, with the intent of a complete reevaluation of all 20 campuses over a four-year period.

Penn State owns and operates two steam generation facilities, five major high voltage substations, domestic and sanitary treatment facilities, a stormwater system and a natural gas piping network on the State College campus. ISES was commissioned by the University to conduct a comprehensive analysis of these utility systems and incorporate the findings into the FCA database. Also included in this work scope was a thorough analysis of roadways and parking lots at the State College campus as well as all of the Commonwealth campuses.

By utilizing the services of ISES on a continuing basis, Penn State has created and maintained a comprehensive capital planning database. This accurate database of existing conditions and planned renewal needs allows the University to accurately forecast future renewal needs and to plan for intelligent renovation of campus facilities.