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Design & Construction Guidelines


The purpose of the Facility Design Guidelines Manual is to provide design teams with clear and concise guidance related to specified and designed material and system performance requirements for Colorado College facilities. The guidelines are to be used for both new and renovation construction types. It is anticipated that the Manual will serve as the initial technical design concept development point in the course of preparing and delivering project construction documents. The Manual also provides a comprehensive description of the college’s intended design and submittal process, design intent and requirements for the design of high-performance facilities, and specific design and built environment requirements for various elements of facilities and infrastructure at Colorado College.

The guidelines are organized according to The Construction Specifications Institute’s UniFormat™ system of construction assemblies. This represents a unique, innovative, and repeatable approach to communicate design and construction requirements for college facilities. The design guidelines are subdivided into major elements including Substructure (foundations), Shell (structural frame and enclosure), Interiors (construction and finishes), Facility Services (building environmental control systems), and Site Construction (infrastructure and landscaping). Other major elements are under consideration for future development within the UniFormat™ structure, including Equipment, Furnishings, and Special Construction. Each Section within these element categories addresses detailed requirements which prescribe general methods of construction desired by the College. Included also are built system performance requirements including basic function, amenity and comfort, health and safety, structural requirements, durability and life-cycle requirements, and operations and maintenance considerations.

These Facility Design Guidelines, when completely implemented with a strong sense of commitment by all participants in the design and construction process, are anticipated to result in superior building and outdoor environments at Colorado College. Using the guidelines as an initial step, we believe design teams are encouraged, supported, and empowered to develop exciting, innovative, and creative 21st century educational, social, and pedagogically rich environments for the students and faculty of Colorado College.

Note: To facilitate ease-of-use of the Facility Design Guidelines Manual, each category listed in the Table of Contents acts as a hyper-link, which can be used to jump directly to that section.

Facilities Design Guideline Manual as of October 2014

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