Design Standards Part One


Part One of the Design Standards deals with safety requirements, accessibility concerns and general design issues. Each section concerns a particular issue.

The following design standards, established by the University of Toronto Facilities and Services Department and Capital Projects Division, are intended to facilitate the planning, design and implementation of new construction and renovation projects. They were developed with the object of providing the design professional with information acquired over time and as a guideline in the creation of proven, insightful and consistent design applications. This document is not meant to be a finite, rigid document, but a dynamic, fluid document, evolving as it incorporates innovative developments, concepts, feedback and practical applications.

All design consultants, architects and engineers must comply with the appropriate Building Codes, Safety Acts and applicable By-Laws and these obviously will not be duplicated in these design standards. The University’s requisites deal with items and issues above and beyond the legislated regulations and are specifically relevant to the University community.

These standards are to be applied in the design of all projects, by both the University’s internal design group and external consultants. The design team is required to read and comply with the full Design Standards as they apply to the project. A completed copy of the applicable check lists must be submitted by the design team to the University’s Project Manager when the Design Development Phase is 75% complete, unless instructed otherwise. In all cases, if a “does not comply’” has been checked, please indicate why. Attach additional sheets if necessary.

Please consult Stan Szwagiel Manager, Grounds Services.

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