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Owner's Design Guidelines

What Are the Owner's Design Guidelines?

Administration Building

Master Construction Specifications, Design Guideline Elements and various other Supplemental Resources such as Interior Finishes Standards, Installation Details, HVAC Control Contract Document Requirements, etc. are all combined under the heading of the Owner's Design Guidelines.

They are to be used in the development of Contract Documents for all
MD Anderson Cancer Center design and construction Projects.

These guidelines have been developed as a collaborative cross-divisional effort through coordination with various MD Anderson personnel and outside consultants to identify preferred methods and materials of construction. The documents are continually evaluated and modified as required to insure they evolve to be an indispensable set of tools that will help us all provide this Institution with the quality facilities that are desired, required and deserved.

All facilities staff, consultants and contractors are encouraged to participate in the ongoing development of these guidelines by communicating any concerns, suggestions or questions. The forms below has been provided to allow formal consideration and processing of any input you may have.

  • Please download, complete and forward the following MS Word document form by email, fax, interoffice mail or hand deliver to the number/address provided.

      Guideline Revision Request Form


May 26, 2016: CSI Division 00 – Procurement and Contracting Requirements:
Updated 2013 Uniform General Conditions

May 26, 2016: CSI Division 01 – General Requirements:
Initial adoption and posting of section 01 78 39 – Project Record Documents

May 26, 2016: CSI Division 01 – General Requirements:
Initial adoption and posting of section 01 78 46 – Maintenance Materials

August 18, 2016: Element G2050 – Landscaping and Irrigation:
Complete rewrite of Element.​

August 02, 2016: Element Z2005 – Codes and Applicable Regulatory Agencies:
Changed NFPA 101 Life Safety Code edition reference from 2012 to 2015 and updated editions of other NFPA codes referenced by NFPA 101. Revised International Code editions from 2012 to 2015. Added OSHA and Texas mold and asbestos rules.​

October 21, 2015: Element Z4075 – Pharmaceutical Compounding Rooms:
Initial adoption and posting of element.​

March 10, 2015: Construction Submittal Templates:
Updated Commissioning Plan Template files.

March 10, 2015: Construction Submittal Templates:
Removed Communications Equipment Room Layout & Rack Configuration Drawings. Illustrations are included within Design Guideline Element D5030 - Telecommunications.

March 10, 2015: AutoCad Standards:
Updated AutoCad Manual, Layers and Library files.

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