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
[PDF - 639 KB]
     

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 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF -144 KB]

Div 01 91 14 - Mechanical Commissioning 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 181 KB]

Div 01 91 15 - Electrical Commissioning 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 165 KB]

Div 01 91 19 - Envelope Commissioning 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 127 KB]

 

Item 2 - CAD Standard 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 945 KB]


Item 2a - CAD Template 2020 09 21 (1)
[DWG - 614 KB]


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

 

Division 8 -
Openings

Div 08 - Door Hardware Guidelines 2020 09 21 (3)
[PDF - 158 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 - Active Transportation 2020 09 30 (2)
[PDF - 466 KB]



 

Division 14 -
Conveying Equipment

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

 
Item 5 - Space Guidelines 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 172 KB]
 

Division 21 -
Fire Suppression

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

Item 6 - Custodial Guidelines 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 67 KB]
 

Division 22 -
Plumbing

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

 
Item 7 - Laboratory Design Standard 2020 09 21 (3)
[PDF - 603 KB]
  Division 23 -
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning


Div 23(a) - HVAC Design Guidelines 2020 09 21 (3)
[PDF 415 KB]

Div 23(b) - Mechanical Identification Standard 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 352 KB]
Item 8 - Certificate of Substantial Performance Template 2020 09 21 (2)
[MS Word - 35 KB]
 

Division 25 -
Integrated Automation

Div 25(d) - Dalhousie University Lab & Fume Hood Controls System Standard 2020 09 21 (4)
[PDF - 526 KB]



 

Division 26 -
Electrical

Div 26 - Electrical Design Guidelines 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 1 MB]


 
 

Division 27 -
Communications

Div 27 - Telecommunication Systems Technical Design Guidelines 2020 09 21 (2)
[PDF - 655 KB]

   

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 - Natural Environment Policy and Guidelines 2020 09 21 (3)
[PDF - 3.6 MB]