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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:

  • Safety
  • Reliability
  • Maintainability
  • Efficiency
  • Sustainability

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.

Campus Information for Professional Service Providers (PSPs) and Contractors

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Versions of the Design and Construction Standards

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.

Active
Version Number
Alerts
List of Changes
8/31/2017 - Present 8-2017 None click here
7/21/2017 - 8/31/2017 7-2017 View Alert click here
6/9/2017 - 7/20/2017 6-2017 None click here
4/01/2017 - 6/8/2017 4-2017 None click here
2/22/2017 - 3/31/2017 2-2017 View Alert click here
9/15/1998 - 2/22/2017
None
click here

To see a list of all the sections that were updated between versions click here.

 

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Design and Construction Standards

Master Specifications &  Design Guidelines by Division
Division 01 - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Division 14 – ELEVATORS
Division 02 - EXISTING CONDITIONS Division 21 - FIRE SUPPRESSION
Division 03 – CONCRETE Division 22 – PLUMBING
Division 04 – MASONRY Division 23 - HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
Division 05 – METALS Division 26 – ELECTRICAL
Division 06 - WOODS, PLASTICS, COMPOSITES Division 27 - DISTRIBUTED COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Division 07 - THERMAL & MOISTURE PROTECTION Division 28 - ELECTRONIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
Division 08 - OPENINGS (Door Hardware) Division 32 - LANDSCAPING
Division 09 – FINISHES Division 33 - UTILITIES
Division 10 – SPECIALTIES  
Division 11 – EQUIPMENT  
Division 12 – FURNISHINGS  
Division 13 - SPECIAL CONSTRUCTIONS  

 

Additional Design Guidelines and Standards
File Links
Version No.
Updates Made
Rev. Date
3rd Party Commissioning Scope of Services and Deliverables 8-2017 None 04/2017
A Catalog of Historic and Significant Campus Interiors (formerly Appendix A) 8-2017 None 04/2011
All Supplemental Documents (formerly Appendices) 8-2017 None 04/2011
Building Automation Systems Communication Architecture Standards 8-2017 None 04/2017
Construction Phase Standard Exception Request 8-2017 New 07/2017
Pipe Testing Procedure (formerly Appendix V) 8-2017 None 09/2008
Preliminary Phase Standard Exception Request – Multiple Exceptions 8-2017 New 07/2017
Tree Preservation and Care Standards and Specifications (formerly Appendix N) 8-2017 None 04/2016
UT Standard CAD Details (formerly Appendix S) 8-2017 None 11/2007
Wayfinding, Interior Signage, Exterior Signage, and Room Numbering Standards (fomerly appendices K-M) 8-2017 None 04/2011
Non-Routine Discharge Guidance 8-2017 None 06/2017

 

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Archived Design and Construction Standards