Any unit of the University having a need for additional on-campus space should attempt to secure it through Space Planning and Utilization (Facilities Management; or, at UIHC, contact Hospital Planning). In the event on-campus space is not available, the Business Manager will, on the basis of a direct request from Space Planning and Utilization, attempt to locate suitable space in the area, negotiate lease terms on behalf of the Board of Regents and prepare and submit the appropriate documents to the Board for approval.
Any unit of the University having a need for space outside Iowa City should contact the Business Manager and the same steps as outlined above will be followed except that Space Planning and Utilization (Facilities Management) need not be involved.
32.2 LEASE OF UNIVERSITY SPACE TO AN OUTSIDE ENTITY.
Any transaction involving the leasing of University-owned space will be handled by the Business Manager. Terms will be negotiated on behalf of the Board of Regents and the appropriate documents will be prepared and submitted to the Board for approval.
32.3 POLICIES AND GUIDELINES.
Although the leasing of real property does not easily lend itself to formal bidding procedures, it is a purchase of service and is therefore subject to all applicable portions of the University purchasing procedures found in V-11.
(See also IC 262.9 (14).)
32.4 ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PRIOR TO ACQUISITION OF REAL ESTATE.
b. Scope. Acquisition of real property includes any manner by which the University obtains a property interest in real estate, including purchase, lease, or gift. Federal and state statutes impose certain liabilities on owners and operators of real property when hazardous substances have been deposited, stored, or released on the property. "Hazardous substance" is broadly defined to include a wide array of chemicals and compounds. To reduce the risk of liability, the University will complete an environmental site assessment (ESA) prior to the acquisition of any parcel of real property. If potential hazards are identified, the University may then weigh the risks to determine whether the acquisition is beneficial and appropriate. If the University makes all appropriate inquiry prior to acquisition and no risks are identified by the ESA, the University may, under certain circumstances, be entitled to assert a defense to liability if hazardous substances are later discovered that were unknown at the time of acquisition.
c. Environmental Review Process.
(2) At a minimum, an initial ESA using the most recent version of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E-1528 "Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Transaction Screen Process" must be conducted on every potential real estate asset prior to acquisition. The scope of any further assessment will be determined by the findings of the transaction screen and by the property's location and history.
(3) The review process for acquisition of real estate will be the responsibility of the University Environmental Compliance Department, the University Business Office, and the General Counsel's Office.
(b) The General Counsel's Office, the University Business Office, and the Environmental Compliance Department shall review the ESA report.
(c) Investigation of other environmental issues or conditions beyond the scope of the ASTM guidelines may be required and will be determined and performed on a property-by-property basis. These may include the following: asbestos-containing materials, radon, lead-based paint, lead in drinking water, and wetlands.
(5) If a Phase I ESA is requested, it shall be conducted by an "environmental professional," as defined in 40 CFR 312, "Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries," unless the University has a qualified employee to do the review. A Phase I review should be conducted following the most current version of ASTM Standard E-1527, "Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process."
(6) If a Phase II ESA is requested, it must be conducted by an outside consultant, and shall include an examination and sampling of the property and testing and analysis of all samples collected, and shall be conducted in accordance with the most current version of ASTM Standard E 1903, "Standard Guide for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase II Envrionmental Site Assessment Process."
(7) Recommended Minimum Environmental Review by Property Type.
(b) Vacant or unoccupied land: Complete evaluation under the ASTM E-1528 "Transaction Screen Process."
(c) Industrial and Commercial Sites: Engage an environmental professional to conduct a Phase I ESA according to the most current version of ASTM Phase I Standard E-1527 "Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process," including a review of copies of all permits, licensed, notices of violation, orders, or consent agreements issued to owners or operators (tenants) of the site.