Physical Development Committee Overview

The Physical Development Committee (PDC) is a representative body of the University. The committee, in conjunction with the Associate Vice President of Facilities Management, acts as an advisory body to the University through the Vice President of University Operations. The committee is primarily tactical in perspective, concerned with the physical environment of Colorado State University’s campuses, where function, aesthetic quality, and physical character intermix to create a desirable and inspirational atmosphere for students and employees.

Provides recommendations for:

  • The Campus Experience
    • Recommend and maintain established design criteria within which CSU can develop our campuses aesthetically, including attention to wayfinding, signage/graphics, and site furnishings.
  • Accessibility
    • Recommend and maintain criteria for within which CSU can develop inclusive and safe access on our campuses for all students, employees, and visitors. Examples include attention to campus circulation (pedestrian, bike, and vehicle transit), lighting, policy related to access, etc.
  • Building names
    • Review and make recommendations on proposals submitted concerning generic naming or renaming of CSU facilities and locations.
  • Water Resource Management
    • Review current and proposed uses of University owned and operated water resources and make recommendations for its management.
  • Planning and Design Standards
    • Coordinate with Facilities Management for involvement with the planning and design standards. These standards should be approved and supported by the Physical Development Committee.
  • University Public Art Collection
    • The University Public Art Committee (UPAC) is a subcommittee of the Physical Development Committee. For more information, visit UPAC’s webpage.
  • Protection of Historic Properties
    • Make recommendations for the control of properties considered to be of historical significance to the University.

Recommendations are presented to the Vice President of University Operations for review, implementation, or other action. That office will seek approval of the president, governing board, state level offices, etc., as required. The PDC provides proper notice to representatives for meetings both inside and outside of meetings when action is needed.

Have an agenda item or a concern that needs to be addressed at the PDC? Please contact Environmental Graphics Designer Jessica Kramer who facilitates this meeting. For meeting specifics such as location, agenda, or minutes, please scroll down to the bottom of this page or contact Julia Innes at 970-420-6170.

Committee Membership

The membership of this committee brings together multiple areas of expertise for making sound recommendations. Each member of the committee is responsible for reporting the activities of this committee to their particular constituency. The Associate Vice President of Facilities Management is the Chair of the committee. The Chair and Facilities Management support staff establish the PDC agenda, schedule the meetings, produce, and maintain committee records. The committee may invite other University personnel to participate in meetings for additional pertinent input as appropriate.

PDC quorum is one more than half the voting members (or their designated representative) present to vote during a meeting.

Voting members

  1. Beth Adams, College of Health and Human Sciences
  2. Albert Bimper, Office of the President
  3. Dave Bradford, Parking and Transportation Services
  4. Steve Burn, Central Receiving
  5. Dell Rae Ciaravola, Risk & Public Safety
  6. Ryan Claycomb, College of Liberal Arts
  7. Santiago Di Pietro, College of Natural Sciences
  8. Sue Doe, Faculty Council
  9. Justin Dove, Student Disability Center
  10. Mike Ellis, Office of VP for Student Affairs
  11. Chris Ferris, Athletics
  12. Sue James, Office of the Provost
  13. Christa Johnson, Office of VP for Research
  14. Jason Johnson, Office of General Counsel
  15. Bob Kaempfe, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  16. Monica Latham, College Liaison Department of CSU Libraries
  17. Christie Mathews, Administrative Professional Council
  18. Jamie McCue, Academic Computing and Networking Services
  19. Paula Mills, College of Agricultural Sciences
  20. Tonie Miyamoto, President’s Sustainability Commission
  21. Mark Paschke, College of Natural Resources
  22. Mark Ritschard, College of Engineering
  23. Darin Sanders, MarComm
  24. Tom Satterly, Associate VP for Facilities Management
  25. Kacie Thielman, University Police Department
  26. Ria Vigil, Office of Inclusive Excellence
  27. Jon Walter, University Advancement
  28. TBD, ASCSU rep
  29. TBD, Classified Personnel Council rep


  • Jessica Kramer, Environmental Graphics Designer, Facilities Management (Meeting Facilitator)
  • Julia Innes, Facilities Management (Program Assistant for PDC)
  • David Hansen, University Landscape Architect, Facilities Management
  • Gargi Duttgupta, Campus Planner, Facilities Management
  • Ashraf Fouad, Assistant Director of Engineering & Capital Construction
  • Mike Rush, University Architect, Facilities Management
  • Ali Raza, Student Leadership, Involvement, & Community Engagement (SLICE) (Under the Division of Student Affairs)
  • Faw Meara, Presidential Leadership Fellow

Physical Development Resources

Accessory Structures Guidelines

Campus Planning & Design Philosophy Guidelines

Facility Name Change Form

Naming Process: 

Building occupants will read guidelines and explore a name before submitting proposal. Contact FM Space Planning Manager to discuss guidelines and work with Space Planning Manager on draft name (or list of options). Then come to Physical Development Committee with final recommendation to be approved.

Naming / Renaming guidelines:

  • Preference that building names are chosen to last into the future and do not change often.
  • In general, keep buildings names generic.
  • Placeholder names may be used until donors come along. CSU is no longer naming buildings for people, unless it’s due to donor-related recognition.
  • Preference from Physical Development Committee has been mixed on naming or not naming buildings for the function inside. If the function of the building could easily change, then naming needs careful consideration.
    • Example: Biology was specifically built with labs. The function won’t change regarding what it was built for. However, Clark’s function could change; therefore, it doesn’t make sense to name that building for Liberal Arts because of its possibility of changing.
  • Use of “building” in the name is not recommended. Proposals for new building names or name changes will include the reason or intent for why they’re including “building” on the name.
  • Use of “Center” or “Institute” on name – not recommended unless it is a unique center or institute with no overlap from other departments doing similar work. The “Center” needs to take most or all of the space within the building; it would need to be a large function.
  • Use universally understood descriptor (e.g. lab).
  • With large additions on buildings, the building name should stay the same, unless the donor is donating to change the building name.
  • Keep the name short, so it doesn’t get a nickname.
  • If building name is long, then careful consideration is needed for the abbreviation. Do not use humorous or cute abbreviations. Try to stay away from building names as abbreviations.
    • Foothills Campus is an exception for abbreviations.
  • Choose names not similar to building names already in use.
    • Remote facilities sometimes are an exception.
  • Do not use a building name as a substitute for wayfinding or branding.


Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month from 9:30–11:00 a.m. While the CSU community works to keep us safe from COVID, we will meet virtually through Microsoft Teams rather than in a large, in-person group.

Minutes & Presentations

2022-2023 Meetings

2023-01-20 – Minutes, Presentation

2022-12-16 – CANCELED

2022-11-18 – CANCELED

2022-10-21 – Minutes, Presentation, Capital Construction Updates

2022-09-16 – CANCELED

2021-2022 Meetings

2022-07-15 – reach out to Jessica Kramer for meeting recording

2021-11-19 – MinutesAgenda Item 1 materialsAgenda Item 2 Presentation

2021-10-15 – MinutesPresentation

2021-09-17 – MinutesPresentationPlumbing Notice

2020-2021 Meetings

2021-07-16 – MinutesPresentation

2021-05-21 – MinutesPresentationSJTA Final 2018 Report

2021-03-19 –

2021-02-19 – MinutesPresentation

2020-12-18 – MinutesPresentation on Transportation Safety Policy & ProtocolsPresentation on Indoor Bike Parking Standard

2020-11-20 – MinutesPresentation

2019-2020 Meetings

2020-07-17 – MinutesPresentation

2020-06-19 – MinutesPresentation

2020-02-21 – MinutesPresentation on SolarPresentation on Starship Robots

2019-12-20 – MinutesPresentation on West Elizabeth CorridorPresentation on Construction Impacts (see SOURCE for current construction info)

2019-09-20 – MinutesPresentation

For older meeting minutes, please contact Julia Innes, Facilities Management Program Assistant for the committee.