Planning and Construction oversees campus physical planning, design and construction activities in accordance with Lakehead University policies and procedures. Planning and Construction administers the minor and major capital project programs for the University in addition to other responsibilities described below.
Planning and Construction is responsible for the administration of major capital projects including construction of new buildings, significant renovations to existing buildings, and exterior changes such as new roads, parking lots and landscaped areas. Major projects are funded centrally by the University administration and approved by the Board of Governors prior to implementation.
Planning and Construction maintains a building records archive and database for all campus facilities. The records managed include the following:
- Original construction plans and specifications.
- Plans of renovations and alterations.
- Locations of buried utilities such as electrical lines, storm and sanitary sewer pipes, water lines, natural gas lines, communications (telephone and internet) cables, and irrigation systems.
- Building and room numbering system.
- Up-to-date electronic floor plans for all buildings.
Planning and Construction maintains a space database of all areas, on and off campus, occupied by the University and each space's current use. The Council of Ontario Universities uses the space database as the basis of the triennial province wide space inventory to report to the Provincial Government. Information tracked in the space database includes all campus buildings and consists of the building designation, floors, rooms, room number, area (building gross and room net assignable area), current use by room, as well as provincially recognized coding procedures to allow comparison with other Ontario universities. Room numbers are also assigned and tracked by Planning and Construction.