Design Requirements


The following Columbia University Facilities Design Requirements are for use by Columbia University Facilities and Operations' design professionals and contractors to support the construction and renovation of new and existing buildings on the University's Morningside, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Baker Athletics Complex and Nevis Laboratories campuses. All projects must meet these requirements. The Design Requirements are based on the 2014 MasterFormat. Please review the detailed information below.

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It is incumbent on all design consultants contracted by the University to become familiar with the published Design Requirements including any amendments or revisions. Any questions about, or noted conflicts between the Design Requirements and the project's stated goals or applicable code requirements must be brought to the University's Project Management Team immediately and in writing.

The University will consider innovative and cost-effective alternates to the Design Requirements during the course of the project. Any proposed alternates, however, must be presented formally to, and be approved in writing by, the University's Project Management Team before being incorporated into any design documents.

All design consultants, sub-consultants, contractors, subcontractors and construction managers engaged by the University are fully responsible and liable for their designs and construction regardless of the extent to which the requirements are referenced in the project, and regardless of any approvals or acceptance of the submitted design or construction documents by the University or its personnel.

At the start of each project, the University's Project Manager will provide access to all sections of the Design Requirements to the contracted design consultants, contractors or construction managers as appropriate.

The Project Manager, in consultation with other members of the Project Team and relevant University Stakeholders, will identify sections of the Design Requirements which may not be applicable or where alternates may be considered.

In addition, the Project Manager will respond in writing to any questions about, or noted conflicts between the Design Requirements and the project's goals or applicable code requirements.

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Design requirements can be sorted by division and campus using the filters and keyword search bar below.

Note: Design requirements may differ between campuses. To find the correct requirement, please make sure the document is tagged with the campus your project is located at.

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