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Owner's Design Guidelines

Design Guideline Elements

Design Guideline Elements

Design Guideline Elements are to be used as a guide to develop Project Contract Documents for all MD Anderson Cancer Center facilities.

They are intended to communicate the Owner's expectations for the products and services provided by the design professionals (architects, engineers, consultants) to assure maximum quality and value in all MD Anderson Cancer Center construction projects.


These Design Guideline Elements provide direction to design professionals as a general rule for most circumstances. With the wide variety of facilities, varying life expectancies and program requirements, the Design Guidelines must be specifically and correctly applied to each project by the design professional.
These Design Guidelines do not replace professional design analysis. We expect the design professional to conduct independent evaluations for each project. Applications of proven technologies and systems to provide cost effective alternate design concepts are encouraged.
We recognize that there will be times when deviations from these Design Guidelines may be appropriate on some projects, and in those instances, the design professional is expected to proactively and in writing, notify the Owner's Project Manager for approval to deviate from the Guidelines.

The version of a Design Guideline Element posted on this site at the time that the Project Proposal is approved for a given project shall be used in the preparation of Contract Documents.

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CURRENT DESIGN GUIDELINE ELEMENTS

Go to top of page   INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION POSTED
  Preface 03/05/13
  Table of Contents 06/11/13
 
ELEMENT 20 PROPOSAL, BIDDING, CONTRACTING POSTED
2010 Instructions for the Preparation of Project Manuals 01/14/14
 

CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS AND ASSEMBLIES

 
Go to beginning of design guideline elements table of contents     ELEMENT   A SUBSTRUCTURE POSTED
A10 FOUNDATIONS  
A1010 Standard Foundations 07/08/10
A1030 Slab on Grade 09/16/10
 
Go to beginning of design guideline elements table of contents     ELEMENT   B SHELL POSTED
B10 SUPERSTRUCTURE  
B1010 Floor Construction 11/22/11
B1020 Roof Construction 09/16/10
 
B20 EXTERIOR ENCLOSURE  
B2010 Exterior Walls 04/17/12
B2020 Exterior Windows 09/16/10
B2030 Exterior Doors 04/17/12
 
B30 ROOFING  
B3010 Roof Covering and Support Structures 04/17/12
 
Go to beginning of design guideline elements table of contents     ELEMENT   C INTERIORS POSTED
C10 INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION  
C1010 Partitions 03/05/13
C1020 Interior Doors 12/13/12
C1030 Fittings and Interior Specialties 03/05/13
C1031 Fabricated Toilet Partitions 10/09/08
C1038 Casework 06/14/12
C1039 Laboratory Casework and Equipment 03/31/11
 
C20 STAIRS  
C2010 Stair Construction 08/14/08
 
C30 INTERIOR FINISHES  
C3010 Wall Finishes 03/21/13
C3020 Floor Finishes 03/21/13
C3025 Base Finishes 03/21/13
C3030 Ceiling Finishes 01/31/13
 
Go to beginning of design guideline elements table of contents     ELEMENT   D SERVICES POSTED
D10 CONVEYING  
D1010 Elevators and Lifts 02/03/11
D1020 Escalators 03/10/09
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D20 PLUMBING  
D2000 General Design Guidelines 12/08/11
D200002 Parking Garage Plumbing Design Guidelines 01/01/07
D2010 Plumbing Fixtures 07/08/10
D201001 Emergency and Eyewash Equipment 04/11/13
D201002 Plumbing Fixtures for Open Parking Garages 01/01/07
D2020 Domestic Water Distribution 08/18/11
D202001 Domestic Water Distribution for Open Parking Garages 01/01/07
D2030 Sanitary Waste and Vent 04/05/12
D203001 Sanitary Waste and Vent for Open Parking Garages 11/10/09
D2035 Laboratory Waste and Vent 11/10/09
D2040 Storm Water Drainage 11/11/10
D204001 Storm Water Drainage for Open Parking Garages 11/10/09
D2050 Natural Gas Distribution 01/01/07
D2060 Medical Vacuum and Gas Systems 11/15/12
D2065 Laboratory Vacuum and Gas Systems 11/15/12
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D30 HEATING, VENTILATING & AIR CONDITIONING (Includes BAS)  
D3000 General Design Guidelines 01/19/12
D300001 Renovation General Design Guidelines 06/11/13
D3001 Load Calculation Criteria 03/21/13
D300101 Patient Treatment Load Calculation Criteria 02/04/10
D300102 Laboratory Load Calculation Criteria 07/08/10
D3002 Sound Criteria 12/09/08
D3010 TECO Energy Supply 09/16/10
D3015 UTRP Energy Supply 05/17/07
D3020 TECO Heat Generating Systems 09/16/10
D3025 Steam Boilers and Associated Equipment 12/09/08
D3026 Hot Water Heating Boilers 12/09/08
D3030 TECO Cooling Generating Systems 09/16/10
D3035 Chillers and Associated Equipment 12/09/08
D3040 Distribution Systems 03/21/13
D3041 Air Handling Distribution 07/25/13
D304101 Patient Treatment Air Handling Distribution 07/19/12
D304102 Laboratory Air Handling Distribution 09/16/10
D304104 Pharmaceutical Air Handling Distribution 07/25/13
D304105 MRI Air Handling Distribution 09/16/10
D304106 Data Center Air Handling Distribution 09/16/10
D3042 Exhaust and Ventilation 02/17/11
D304201 Patient Treatment Exhaust and Ventilation 07/08/10
D304202 Laboratory Exhaust and Ventilation 06/14/12
D304204 Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Exhaust and Ventilation 01/01/07
D3044 Hot Water Distribution 11/15/12
D3045 Chilled Water Distribution 11/15/12
D3060 Building Automation Systems 04/11/13
D306001 Primary and Secondary Chilled Water System 09/15/11
D306002 Hot Water System 01/01/07
D306013 Fan Coil Cooling Only 01/15/09
D306014 Fan Coil Heat/Cool 01/01/07
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D40 FIRE PROTECTION  
D4000 General Design Guidelines 12/20/12
D400001 General Design Guidelines for Parking Garage 03/19/09
D4010 Wet Standpipe and Sprinkler Systems 12/08/11
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D50 ELECTRICAL (Includes Communications and Security  
D5000 Load Calculation Criteria 12/13/12
D500001 Electrical Renovation General Design Guidelines 05/17/12
D5010 Electrical Services and Distribution 01/17/13
D501001 Electrical System for Telecommunications Rooms 06/14/12
D5020 Lighting and Branch Wiring 06/14/12
D5022 Master Lighting Fixture Schedule 03/17/11
D5030 Telecommunications 09/15/11
D5034 Nurse Call / Communication Systems 02/18/14
D5037 Fire Alarm and Smoke Detector Systems 02/04/10
D5038 Security Systems 06/11/13
D5090 Other Electrical Systems 07/08/10
 
Go to beginning of design guideline elements table of contents     ELEMENT   E EQUIPMENT AND FURNISHINGS POSTED
E10 EQUIPMENT  
E1020 Institutional Equipment 12/08/11
 
E20 FURNISHINGS  
E2010 Fixed Furnishings 02/26/13
 
Go to beginning of design guideline elements table of contents     ELEMENT   F SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION POSTED
F10 CONSTRUCTION  
F1032 Radiation Protection 04/17/12
 
Go to beginning of design guideline elements table of contents     ELEMENT   G BUILDING SITEWORK POSTED
 
G20 SITE IMPROVEMENTS  
G2010 Roadways 07/08/10
G2030 Pedestrian Paving 04/17/12
G2040 Site Development 07/08/10
G2048 Flagpoles 07/08/10
G2050 Landscaping 07/08/10
 
G30 SITE CIVIL / MECHANICAL UTILITIES  
G3010 Water Supply 01/01/07
G3020 Sanitary Sewer 07/08/10
G3030 Storm Sewer 07/08/10
G3060 Natural Gas Services 01/01/07
 
Go to beginning of design guideline elements table of contents     ELEMENT   Z GENERAL DESIGN REQUIREMENTS POSTED
Z10 ADDITIONAL OWNER FURNISHED STANDARDS AND DOCUMENTS 01/27/09
 
Z20 OWNER STANDARDS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS  
Z2005 Codes and Applicable Regulatory Agencies 08/01/13
Z2010 Design Submittal Requirements 03/21/13
Z201001 Design Phase Deliverables 05/24/12
Z201002 Design Intent Document 03/02/10
Z201003 Energy and Sustainability 03/05/13
Z2011 Equipment Naming Convention and Acronyms 08/01/13
Z2015 Structural Criteria 10/30/08
Z2020 Furniture and Accessories Planning 11/15/12
Z2025 Interior Finishes Criteria 04/11/13
Z2030 Definitions of Building Areas 03/02/10
Z2035 Project Commissioning 12/17/13
Z2050 Additional Life Safety and Asset Protection Requirements 01/01/07
Z40 ROOM STANDARDS  
Z4010 Fire Command Rooms 07/19/12
Z4020 Classrooms and Conference Rooms 03/17/11
Z4030 Toilet Rooms 04/11/13
Z4035 Housekeeping Rooms 06/21/11
Z4040 Battery Charging Rooms 06/14/12
Z4045 Working Mothers Rooms 04/11/13
Z4050 Liquid Nitrogen Freezer Rooms 10/30/12
Z4055 Liquid Nitrogen Tank Storage Rooms 06/28/12
Z4060 Controlled Environmental Rooms 09/15/11
Z4065 Bicycle Storage Rooms 03/05/13
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Z50 EXISTING FACILITIES INFORMATION  
CAMPUS KEY MAPS    
Z5000 Houston Main Campus Key Maps 06/11/13
 
 

NOTE: Design Guideline Elements are intended for use only in connection with work performed for MD Anderson Cancer Center.