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University of Colorado Denver Facilities Management

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Guidelines and Standards for Design and Construction Projects

Please Note:
These Standards are only for use by the University of Colorado Denver, its consultants and standing-order contractors. They are to be used as a design guideline for University of Colorado Denver building and construction projects. Design teams and consultants shall provide project-specific documents and specifications based on program needs, code analysis and engineering analysis. The 2012 standards are completely new and replace all of the previous 2009 standards. Design teams must request a Microsoft Word version of Division 1 Part 4 from University project managers and limit editing to items in bold type. CSI Masterformat Sections 2-33 are a guide for design teams to create a specification and must be reflected in every project. Design teams must match the CSI Masterformat numbering in these guidelines with part 4 CSI Masterformat numbering of this standard. 


Any variance to the Manual of Guidelines and Standards for Design and Construction must be requested by submitting the following request: Request for Variance Manual of Guidelines and Standards for Design and Construction


2020 Edition

                                  Update Log - Addenda to 2012 Standards

Table of Contents:



Part 0.0 General Information 

0.1 Purpose of The Manual
0.2 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
0.3 Authority and Empowerment of The Manual
0.4 Working Relationships with the University
0.5 Request for Clarification to The Manual
0.6 Campus Master Plan
0.6 Project Program Plans
0.7 Project Funding
0.8 Design and Construction Agreement
0.9 Delgation of Authority
0.10 Change to Manual


Part 1.0 Design Management 

1.1 University Departments and Divisions
1.2 University Design Management Administration 
1.3 Design Review Board Procedure
1.4 University Design Review Procedure
1.5 University Planning and Technical Review Procedure
1.6 Project Numbering Standards
1.7 Drawing Production Standards


Part 2.0 Design and Development Guidelines

Urban Design Guidelines 
Building Design Guidelines
Appendix I Sustainability Checklist

Part 3.0 University Program Guidelines​

3.1 University Program Guidelines
3.2 University Information Systems
3.3 University Utilities Mechanical Infrastructure
3.4 University BL3 Construction Standards
3.5 University Security
3.6 University High Performance Building
3.7 University Audio Visual
3.8 CU Anschutz Space Guidelines: Workplace (Anschutz Campus Only)


Part 4.0 Specification Requirements Div 00-01 (2020 CSI Masterformat)​

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