Introduction to the U of M Design Guidelines
This web site contains Design Guidelines for the design and construction of facilities at the University of Michigan. The Design Guidelines that are in effect at the time that schematic design begins for a given project shall be used by all design professionals (architects, engineers, interior designers) in the preparation of construction documents for the project. The purpose of the Design Guidelines is to assure maximum quality and value in construction projects at the University of Michigan, through uniformity, system or component quality, compatibility, sustainability, functionality, and ease of maintenance. These Design Guidelines are intended to provide general direction to design professionals as a general rule for most circumstances. With the wide variety of facilities, varying life expectancies and program requirements, these Guidelines have to be specifically and correctly applied to each project by the design professional. These Design Guidelines do not replace professional design analyses, nor are they Contract Specifications. We expect the design professional to conduct independent evaluations for each project. Applications of proven technologies and systems to provide cost effective alternate design concepts are encouraged. Deviation from the design guidelines and standard details is discouraged. However, the University recognizes that there will be times when deviations from these Design Guidelines may be appropriate on some projects, and in those instances, the design professional is expected to proactively and in writing, approach the University design manager for written approval to deviate from the Guidelines.
Throughout these documents reference is made to the A/Es contact with the University as the Design Manager. This title is defined as the Owner's Representative during the design and construction document phases.
Suggestions for improving these Design Guidelines should be addressed to UMDesignGuide@umich.edu in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Department. Revisions will be issued on a periodic, as-needed basis.
These Design Guidelines are only for use by consultants in connection with work performed for the University of Michigan. They are to be used as a guide in the preparation of design documents for University of Michigan construction projects. They are not intended to relieve the designers from their responsibility to comply with applicable codes and other contract obligations.
Last modified: Tuesday November 12 2013
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