Capital Development is responsible for the sustainable financing (capital budget, revenue fund), capital planning and transactional work (real estate, energy, space use) necessary for our colleges and universities.  

  • Capital Project Funding Pathways
    Diagrams of the various methods of obtaining funding for capital projects (including HEAPR and Revenue Fund). These diagrams also outline the flow of information between campuses and the system office during the project planning process.
  • Comprehensive Facilities Plans (formerly Master Plans)
    Information on campus comprehensive facilities plans, including the preparation of RFPs, guidelines, and scheduled presentations.
  • Predesign Guidelines. (April 2018) Current guidelines for capital projects, including asset preservation.
  • Capital Planning Resources. Consolidated list of guidelines and white papers to inform campus planning, such as space planning, active learning spaces, determining renovation versus replacement, parking and physical security. 
Revenue Fund
Campuses can find out how to request a revenue bond project to acquire, improve and construct residence halls, student unions and parking facilities.

Real Estate Services provides systemwide leadership for the strategic use of real estate assets and transactional services to colleges, universities, and the system office. All college and university real estate with the exception of real estate owned by recognized foundations is owned by the State of Minnesota, by and through the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State, on behalf of the college or university. 

  • Leasing. Minnesota State system operates approximately 28 million square feet throughout the state of Minnesota. As a general rule, use of college or university facilities by a third party requires a written agreement governing such use. Likewise, a written agreement is required whenever a college or university seeks to lease property off campus.
  • Acquisitions. Acquisition of real estate is governed by Board of Trustee policysystem procedure and state statutes. The Board and statutes apply in nearly a uniform manner for nearly all acquisitions, although how an acquisition is funded may impact exactly how the acquisition milestones are reached.
  • Carpentry. Minnesota State has specialized statutory authority to acquire, develop, construct and sell residential properties.
  • Easement and License. Minnesota State grants revocable easements and licenses to parties that wish to install utilities or other infrastructure across college and university lands or who wish to otherwise come on a college or university property to do work. A party seeking an easement across a college or university campus must pay fair compensation for the easement right.

Condition Assessment

Training for Tracking Campus Building Conditions 


  • New Software. VFA Facility is the new software tool campuses will be using to track building conditions. The rollout for the new software will be occurring during March.   
  • Training. Training for the new tool will occur in advance of the 2019 Facilities Conference being held on April 11-12, 2019 at the System Office, St. Paul. The dates are:  

Categorizing Repair and Replacement and Operations
Fund and Program code definitions and categories.

Energy and Sustainability
Find newsletters, reports, policies and useful links about energy and sustainability.



Gregory Ewig, System Director, Capital Development, 651.201.1775