Design guidelines and standards are useful tools for implementing aesthetically appealing, functional designs. Guidelines express design preferences and act as a reference for architects, engineers, and contractors working on new buildings and renovations. University design guidelines promote a cohesive vision of university facilities, but allow the flexibility needed to create spaces used for dynamic teaching, research, and community activities.
Standards specify required design elements, such as faucets, classroom furniture, roofing materials, and exit signs. Design standards ensure consistent quality of materials, and keep capital and operating costs low. They clarify and simplify communication with architects, engineers, contractors, and building maintenance staff.