Design services are available from the Facilities Department to facilitate the design and construction of projects or to clarify a design concept in anticipation of a larger capital project. The following services are available:
• Predesign services to verify the client needs, project scope and concept.
• Feasibility and site analysis studies.
• Schedules and cost estimates.
• Reviews of code and safety issues to coordinate obtaining the permits required.
• Interpretation of University design guidelines.
• Architect and engineering identification and prequalification.
• Project management and coordination on small specialty design initiatives.
• Interface with the services provided by contractors in coordination with the Facilities Construction department.
• Move-in planning and coordination including interior design services.
THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
A Program Statement is to be completed whenever a user group contemplates changes in space, for which it is necessary to obtain prior approval of the concept before taking any further steps. Such concept approval is required before discussions take place regarding University commitments or raising funds for design work and/or architectural and engineering studies. After the user group receives preliminary approval from the appropriate Director and/or Vice President the request goes to the Physical Plant, Department of Facilities Planning Management & Construction for formal review. After formal review from the Department of Facilities Planning Management & Construction, the request is brought to the Vice President for Business & Finance for final approval and the request develops from concept to actual project.
After a program is approved, additional approval steps will be required:
• To determine whether the need can be met within space already allocated.
• To certify the accuracy of the information and the programmatic need.
• To determine potential funding sources for any one-time costs involved and leasing costs (if applicable).
• To determine additional maintenance or service costs.
Program statement requirements
Please provide the following information:
• What functions or staff are not accommodated?
• In what way is the space now assigned for those functions or staff inadequate?
• What are the space requirements for the new space? (E.g. location, visibility, access, adjacencies?)
• Must the additional space be on campus?
Present Use of Space:
For purposes of fulfilling your request we need to collect an inventory of space currently in use. Attach a copy of the most recent space printout for your area.
• Review the space "use" of existing space and note any changes.
• Highlight the rooms that are being impacted by your request for space.
On a separate sheet, list each impacted room and provide the following information.
a) Room Number
b) Occupant(s) of the room and job category (for space allocation purposes)
c) Administrative Head (e.g. director, program coordinator, supervisor)
d) Professional Administration (e.g. analyst, counselor, special assistant)
e) Clerical (e.g. secretary, clerical assistant, receptionist)
f) Student Assistant(s)
The following factors must be considered in your Program Statement for all spaces to be used by the University:
Capital Asset Management Plan
• Adequate Electrical Service
• Air Conditioning
• Voice (telephone)
• Data (cat 6e wiring)
• Flooring – carpet is clean and intact or tile floor is intact.
• Walls – Paint is intact; each wall is just one color, and no major breaks in substrate.
• Ceiling – tile is intact or hard ceiling is painted; lighting fixtures are intact.
• Window coverings – blinds are intact and working.
• Standby generator requirements
• Lighting – Control/room darkening
• Sound transmission
• How does the space flow
• Which areas need to be contiguous
• Improve/define interaction with Faculty, staff and students/community
• Flexibility and future growth
• Adequate space for program tasks
Building code compliance
• Hazardous material abatement required?
• What modifications are allowed?
• What new code issues would modifications trigger? Would we be required to remove them after end of lease?
• Restroom – functional/accessibility
• Create a sense of entry
• Visitor requirements
• Desired move time (calendar)
• Move time (Length of move)
• Suitable for both voice and data
• Adequate switching and capacity
• Wireless technology/Data technology
• Air quality
• Hours building is open
• Distance from other Departments
• Interaction with other Departments
• Parking and transportation
• Hours available? Same as building?
• Neighbors? Who? Appropriate?
• Security; personal and property
• Restrictions on use or access
• Review by campus attorney(As applicable)
• Review by University Risk Manager(As applicable)
• Base Rent (as applicable)
• Escalation clause (as applicable)
• Common area expenses
• Insurance requirements
• Services included e.g. custodial and security
• Who pays for modifications
• Who pays for maintenance
These phases are common to all construction and remodeling projects; however, in smaller projects the phases often become less formal, involve fewer individuals, and may have a short schedule of only a few months. Large projects, on the other hand, may take years from the time they are envisioned by a school or department to the time "move-in" takes place
Selection of the Design Professionals
Design professional are generally firms offering both architectural design and engineering services, however, occasionally design firms consult with engineering firms to form a design team. Design and Construction invites design firms (or teams) who have the necessary qualifications and experience to submit a proposal for the project's design services. Proposals are reviewed by the Facilities Planning Committee and interviews are scheduled with the highest ranking firms or "short list." The interviews consist of a formal presentation by each of the proposed team members, illustrating their expertise in the relevant areas, followed by questions from the Facilities Planning Committee members. The Facilities Planning Committee then selects the firm it deems most suitable to meet the task and recommends their selection to the Administration for approval.
The first step by the design team is referred to as the "schematic design" phase, in which the object is the development of simple diagrammatic documents delineating room sizes and relationships, single line diagrams of all building systems, preliminary elevations studies of the building exterior, and if applicable, drawings of special interior spaces. The design firm uses the Program of Requirements, University Standards, the schedule and the Construction Budget, as well as any applicable grant requirements, as the basis for their design. The schematic design will be reviewed during frequent meeting with the Building Committee and Design and Construction. At the conclusion of this design phase the architect will submit drawings, project narrative, and an estimate of construction cost for review and approval by the Facilities Department and appropriate University units. Provost's office, Information Technology Center, and the Office of Health and Safety.
The approved schematic design is then further developed into definitive plans and elevations by the design team. Colors, patterns, materials, lighting fixtures and special equipment and building elements are selected and reviewed with the Facilities Department. For complex laboratory projects, detailed laboratory plans identifying all services; casework and equipment are also developed. Detailed floor plans, sections, elevations, and an outline specification defining materials, finishes and systems, as well as an updated construction cost estimate are submitted for review and approval by the Facilities Department and appropriate University units, including the Provost's office, Information Technology, Risk Management, and the Office of Health and Safety.
The approved definitive design documents are developed into comprehensive construction drawings and specifications that are used to secure a building permit, to competitively bid the work among qualified contractors and ultimately as the basis for the construction of the project. The construction documents are submitted when 30%,50%,75% and 100% complete (just prior to bidding) for review and approval by the Facilities Department and appropriate University units. After a thorough review of all the bids, interviews with the low bidders, and a review of the schedules proposed by contractors, a contractor is selected by Design and Construction.
The Design and Construction project manager coordinates the work, monitors costs and scheduling and reviews the construction work performed by the Contractor. The project manager will also keep the designated Facilities Department and the user's representative informed of the progress of the project. Building tours must be arranged in advance with the project manager due to safety and liability requirements. No one is allowed in the construction area without prior authorization.
Any user-requested changes to the project must be directed in writing to the construction project manager. The revision will be evaluated and priced by the contractor. After a review of the costs and an evaluation of the impact on the project schedule, the user will be asked to identify a funding source for the requested change. No changes to the agreed-upon project scope will be implemented without corresponding documentation and funding.
These are formal guidelines in the form of design standards, policies, and practices given to architects and engineers on materials, equipment, furnishings, etc., to be used in new construction and renovation projects. Factors influencing the specification of “campus standard” specifications may include preferred vendors or special pricing arrangements, life cycle costs, standardization of equipment to reduce maintenance costs, energy consumption guidelines, operational considerations, and campus aesthetics.
CAMPUS CONCEPT PLAN
The following campus elements are addressed for a five-to-ten-year planning horizon:
1. land use and site planning
2. design guidelines
3. vehicular/pedestrian circulation and parking
Together, these elements set clear directions for the future development of facilities. Periodically, and preferably annually, the campus master plan should be updated to reflect current conditions.