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The University of Texas at Austin Design & Construction Standards have been prepared by the University to guide and assist architects, engineers, other design professionals, contractors, and university staff (herein referred to as Professional) in understanding the preferences of The University of Texas at Austin in the development, maintenance, repair and replacement of its facilities and assets. The information contained herein applies to all University owned assets to include the Main Campus (CAM), J.J. “Jake” Pickle Research Center (PRC), Marine Science Institute (MSI), McDonald Observatory (MCD), Winedale, Lost Pines Biological Research Center, Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL), and any other UT Austin owned facilities and assets.
The standards, comprised of both the Design Guidelines and the Technical Specifications, are intended as recommended guidelines. Therefore, the legal responsibility for design and document preparation continue to be the design professional’s responsibility; and the means, methods, techniques, and procedures remain the Contractor’s responsibility.
All buildings and other projects for the University shall be designed as quality institutional facilities with components specified to provide maximum life-cycle usefulness. The University establishes the total project budget, including the maximum funds available for construction. The Professional is charged to monitor program requirements and cost estimates to assure that the project is designed within available funding, and that it does not deviate from the quality standards established in this manual. These standards represent the intent of the University to address the following primary criteria while providing optimal life cycle cost benefit to the University:
The intent of these standards is not to limit creative solutions. The University will consider requests for substitutions or variances in order to provide the best benefit to the University and will typically require a life cycle cost analysis to be completed as part of the substitution or variance process as provided in the Project Exception Request process. When these standards refer to a single manufacturer, it is not intended to exclude all other alternatives for all projects, unless specifically stated.
Currently, this manual is organized in a manner consistent with the Construction Specification Institute's MasterFormat - 1995 edition. Content is arranged in 28 Divisions (00 through 28), although we are currently moving to the MasterFormat – 2004 edition to include additional Divisions through 48. Updates will be seen as they are approved by the UT Austin Standards Governance Process.
- Top 10 Review Comments
- Equipment Add-Update-Retire Log (requires Microsoft Excel)
- Policy and Procedures Manual Equipment Add-Update-Retire Log (pdf)
- Facilities Design Services A/E/C CADD Standard Manual (pdf)
- Design & Construction Standard Detail Drawings (requires AutoCAD 2007 software)
- Arc Flash Analysis Program
- Templates (signage, title blocks and cover formats; requires AutoCAD 2007)
- Introduction to the Design and Construction Standards
- Energy & Environment
- Codes, Standards & Regulations
- Campus Conditions
- Project Design & Approval Process
- General System Design
As the Design and Construction Standards are updated, PMCS will begin to log the different version of the Standards by using version numbers. It is important to refer to the version that was active when your contract was executed. To find the correct version to adhere to, please use the following directions: How to find the correct standards version for your contract.
Please note that the version number is created by the month and year the version was posted (for example, if the version number is 9-2016, then the version was posted on September 1, 2016). The version numbers below are links to UT Box files containing all the divisions and documentation for that particular version to be viewed and/or downloaded.
|2/22/2017 - Present||2-2017||View Alert|
9/15/1998 - 2/22/2017
|Additional Design Guidelines and Standards|
|All Supplemental Documents (formerly Appendices)||2-2017||None||04/2011|
|A Catalog of Historic and Significant Campus Interiors (formerly Appendix A)||2-2017||None||04/2011|
|Tree Preservation and Care Standards and Specifications (formerly Appendix N)||2-2017||None||04/2016|
|UT Standard CAD Details (formerly Appendix S)||2-2017||None||11/2007|
|Pipe Testing Procedure (formerly Appendix V)||2-2017||None||09/2008|
|Wayfinding, Interior Signage, Exterior Signage, and Room Numbering Standards (fomerly appendices K-M)||2-2017||None||04/2011|