Design Guidelines

 

Dalhousie University Design Guidelines provide assistance to consultants during the planning, and design phases of the University’s expansion and renovations.  The Guidelines do not relieve a consultant from any professional responsibility, duty or due diligence to design elegant, functional, efficient and low maintenance facilities.

Facility owners have preferred materials and requirements that make the task of maintaining facilities less costly.  Dalhousie understands this is a balance between capital and operating costs.  The Guidelines are not intended to be the only acceptable solution.  Dalhousie expects consultants to bring modern and innovative ideas, materials and methods to the University.  If these Guidelines do not allow these new ideas then the consultant is to make a request in writing to the Dalhousie Project Manager for an exception to the guidelines.  Necessary reasoning and or calculations shall accompany the request.  The exception request will be reviewed internally and either rejected or accepted.  The consultant will document this rationale and/or justification for each exception in the Basis of Design.  The University Guidelines may be updated subsequently.

These documents provide design guidelines only, and are not intended for use, in whole or in part, as a specification. Do not copy the guidelines verbatim in specifications or in notes on drawings. Refer questions and comments regarding the content and use of these documents to the Dalhousie University Project Manager.  The Guidelines are intended to be read in conjunction with the local codes and regulations, and in no way are to be considered as a code replacement. The codes and regulations represent the minimum acceptable standard. Where the technical design requirements differ from the building codes and other applicable codes and standards, the more stringent of the codes shall be applied.

Part 1    Part 2
     

Division 1 -
General Requirements

Div 01(a) - General Requirements 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF -  1.3 MB]

Div 01(b) - Responsibility Matrix - Data-Comm-Security 2020 09 21 (10)
[PDF - 282 KB]

Division 1 -
General Requirements - Commissioning (When in Scope of Work)

Div 01 91 13 - General Commissioning 2023 05 11 (3)
[PDF -171 KB]

Div 01 91 14 - Mechanical Commissioning 2023 05 11 (3)
[PDF - 216 KB]

Div 01 91 15 - Electrical Commissioning 2023 05 11 (3)
[PDF - 209 KB]

Div 01 91 19 - Envelope Commissioning 2023 05 11 (3)
[PDF - 161 KB]

 


Item 2 - CAD Standard 2023 10 13 (5)
[PDF - 617 KB]


Item 2a - CAD Template 2023 09 25 (2)
[DWG - 939 KB]


Item 2b - CAD Plotstyle 2020 09 21 (1)
[CTB - 4 KB]

 

Division 8 -
Openings

Div 08 - Door Hardware Guidelines 2023 11 08 (4)
[PDF - 226 KB]

Item 3 - Life Cycle Standards - Coming Soon!  

 

Division 10 -
Specialties

Div 10 - Dalhousie Interior Signage Guidelines 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 2.4 MB]

Item 4 - Multi-Modal Transportation Guidelines 2023 12 13 (4)
[PDF - 662 KB]
 

Division 14 -
Conveying Equipment

Div 14 - Conveying Equipment Design Guidelines 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 185 KB]
 

 
Item 5 - Space Guidelines 2022 01 17 (3)
[PDF - 309 KB]
 

Division 21 -
Fire Suppression

Div 21 - Fire Protection Guideline 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 329 KB]

Item 6 - Custodial Guidelines 2022 01 17 (3)
[PDF - 173 KB]
 

Division 22 -
Plumbing

Div 22 - Plumbing Design Guidelines 2020 09 21 (3)
[PDF - 257 KB]

 
Item 7 - Laboratory Design Standard 2022 01 19 (4)
[PDF - 676 KB]
  Division 23 -
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning


Div 23(a) - HVAC Design Guidelines 2024 03 18 (4)
[PDF 654 KB]

Div 23(b) - Mechanical Identification Standard 2024 04 03 (3)
[PDF - 1 MB]
Item 8 - Certificate of Substantial Performance Template 2021 08 17 (3)
[MS Word - 81 KB]
 

Division 25 -
Integrated Automation


Div 25(a) - Energy Management & Control System 2023 07 14 (1)
[PDF 1.4 MB]

Div 25(d) - Dalhousie University Lab & Fume Hood Controls System Standard 2024 03 18 (5)
[PDF - 1.4 MB]

Item 9 - Room Numbering Guidelines 2021 01 26 (1)
[PDF - 851 KB]
 

Division 26 -
Electrical

Div 26 - Electrical Design Guidelines 2023 09 25 (4)
[PDF - 1.3 MB]

Item 10 - Dalhousie BIM Specification 2022 11 01 (1)
[PDF - 2.2 MB]
 

Division 27 -
Communications

Div 27 - Communication Systems Design Guidelines 2021 06 18 (1)
[PDF - 8.2 MB]

   

Division 28 -
Electronic Safety and Security

Div 28(a) - Dal SAC Building Security Performance Guideline 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 187 KB)

Div 28(b) - Dal SAC Standards Application Guideline 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 324 KB]

Div 28(c) - Security - Technical Guidelines - (Heartland) 2020 09 21 (4)
[PDF - 2.2 MB]

Div 28(d) - Security - Technical Guidelines - (Genetec) 2020 09 21 (5)
[PDF - 2.8 MB]

   

Division 32 -
Exterior Improvements

Div 32 - Exterior Environment and Natural Landscape Policy and Guidelines - 2023 12 11 (4)
[PDF - 3.9 MB]