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Estimating Methodology Manual and WBS Code Templates

The University of Utah requires that project construction costs be accounted for using the WBS codes and methodology within the University of Utah Estimating Methodology Manual. For more information on the University's implementation of these codes and methodology, please contact Colin Moore at


PlanGrid, an Autodesk cloud-based application, has been implemented for Project Managers, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and other vendors to enhance collaboration during design and construction phases. If you are working with the University, expect to collaborate in PlanGrid.


Unifier is a web-based collaboration environment designed to support project and facility management at the University of Utah. Planning, Design & Construction and Business Services utilize Unifier to support project management activities on campus. The system is utilized during all phases of a project. It allows project managers, university clients, architects, engineers, contractors, and administrators to collaborate, route, review, and approve contracts, change orders, and invoices.

Primarily, the Unifier system is to provide accurate and timely project financial information, track closeout processes, and create an electronic repository for all projects. For more information on the University's Unifier implementation, please contact Jeff Record at


Utility Locate Request

Prior to the start of excavation for any University project, contractors are required to submit a Utility Locate Service Request. For access to utility maps or survey control data, please contact Lenard Barney at or call (801) 585-5070.

Utility Shutdown

Contractors, in accordance with the University Project Manager, are required to submit a Request for Shutdown for any and all utilities, including but not limited to the following:

  • Electric power
  • Low voltage
  • Communication lines
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Steam
  • High-temperature water lines
  • Sanitary sewers/lines
  • Storm drains/lines


All construction work must comply with the contract documents and the International Code Council family of codes and State of Utah amendments as approved by the  State of Utah Legislature.

Contractors are to schedule all progress inspections and special inspections at appropriate intervals and to maintain on-site the code-approved stamped set of construction documents along with all code-approved change orders.

The University Building Official is Patrick Tomasino, who is the DFCM authority having jurisdiction for all projects at the University.  Patrick can be reached by phone at (801) 608-4833 or by email at

Jay Fuller, University of Utah Construction Manager, is the University's resident ICC Certified Commercial Inspector and may be reached by phone at (801) 386-6973 or by email at


As a state entity, University projects constructed on University property are not subject to municipal building permit requirements. For information regarding University permit requirements, click here.

In some instances, the University is subject to utility connection fees and other approvals depending on the nature and location of the project.

Pedestrian Rerouting During Construction

General Contractors are responsible to coordinate well in advance with the University Project Manager to safely reroute pedestrians and ADA traffic by providing a rerouting plan including alternate routes, way-finding signage and impact dates. Presentation and approval at Facilities Management Review Committee (FMRC) is typically required; the University of Utah Project Manager must request time on the committee's agenda in advance.