Guidelines



Chapter 2: Project Process

A. Project Permitting


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The University of New Hampshire, as a part of the University System of New Hampshire, does not come under the jurisdiction of any local governmental authorities. Therefore local regulations such as zoning and building permits do not apply to projects at the University except as related to the water and sewer systems shared with the Town of Durham.   

All projects must conform with State building codes and life safety codes that are current at the time of schematic design submission to the NH State Fire Marshal, who serves as the overall code enforcement entity.  All projects must conform to all other State and Federal regulations pertaining to site impacts and the building functions.  NH State RSA 674:54 does require the University to submit all substantial changes in use, construction, or development of land to the local municipality’s planning board 60 days prior to any construction activity.  The planning board may choose to hold a public hearing within 30 days for a presentation and nonbinding comments from the planning board.

See Chapter 5, Division 1, Section 01060 for more detailed guidance.

B. Design Intent


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Design intent, that is, a description of the building systems and the manner in which they are intended to function, shall be included in either the design drawings or technical specifications so that they become a part of the construction contract documents.

The design intent document will include the following:

Design intent documentation in draft form will be submitted for review as part of design development documents.

C. Design Development


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Summary:  The Design Development submission is most succinctly described as an incomplete Contract Documents set. The submission should be comprised of a set of drawings that include every sheet ultimately anticipated at the time of the submission to be included in the final Contract Document drawings (even if those sheets contain little substantive information), and a specification manual(s) including draft verbiage for every anticipated specification section.

The goal of the Design Development phase is to have identified and made every design decision in every applicable discipline necessary to complete the project. It is desirable to have communicated these decisions in graphic or written form as part of the submission, although it is recognized that due to the inherent nature of the submission being an incomplete description of the intended design, this is not always possible. However, the design team working on the project should be able to refer to notes, calculations, or other materials that have been prepared or obtained previously to answer any question about the intended design. This is contrasted to the goal of Contract Documents which is to fully document, integrate, and coordinate these decisions, and effectively communicate them to contractors.

The submission will be reviewed for compliance to program, and previous schematic design submission, as well as adherence to previous decisions and direction given, and to the University standards for construction. In addition, the submission will be critiqued for conflicts, concerns, coordination issues, and opportunities for improvement.

Content:  The minimum acceptable content will vary with the nature of the project and as such require some individualized articulation between designer and University design manager to define. Likewise, a judgment call needs to be made by the design manager as to whether the intent of the submission has been achieved by the design team. In general though, a complete Design Development Submission will contain the following;

  1. MINIMUM DESIGN DEVELOPMENT DOCUMENATION REQUIREMENTS
    1. Fully developed preliminary graphic materials including the elements described herein and in ‘Drawings’ below describing the entire proposed building or buildings, typically including architectural plans of all levels and elevations of all exterior wall surfaces at a scale not smaller than 1/8" = 1'0", showing all interior partitions, doors, fenestration, stairs, ramps, elevators, utility rooms, closets, and plumbing fixtures; building sections at a scale not less than 1/4" = 1'0"; typical interior elevations; furniture and equipment layouts of all typical and unique spaces sufficient to illustrate their functional suitability; typical wall sections; typical window, door, interior partition and roof edge details; structural foundation plan, typical floor framing plan and framing sections showing main member sizes; plumbing and piping plans with header diagrams; HVAC plans with preliminary calculations, single line duct layout, equipment list and locations, and control diagram showing sequence of operation; fire protection plans with riser diagram and single line piping and head layout; lighting plans with fixture and switching layout and light level calculations; electrical power plans with panel schedule and locations, equipment sizes and layouts, riser diagram and load estimate; fire alarm drawings showing zones, device locations and riser diagram; and telecommunications plans with conduit and cable tray layouts, riser diagrams and locations of voice and data outlets.  Room numbers in accordance with campus standards, column lines, scale and north arrow should be shown on plans for all disciplines. Fully developed preliminary graphic materials describing the entire proposed development of the site, typically including separate dimensioned site circulation, utilities, grading, lighting and planting plans, and typical details or manufacturers' cuts of site lighting fixtures, signage, furnishings and structures.
    2. Tabular comparison of all room areas as programmed, as shown in the Schematic Design submittal, and as shown in the Design Development submittal.
    3. Study models and/or perspective sketches illustrating the proposed architectural design in detail.
    4. Fully developed written analysis of the initial and life cycle costs, performance characteristics, and operating/maintenance requirements of proposed structural, mechanical, electrical, electronic and other technical systems, including their impact on existing steam, water, waste water, electrical and other services provided to the project.
    5. Draft specifications and/or manufacturers' data sheets in accordance with Part C - Specifications below for all principal construction materials, equipment, fixtures and systems proposed for the project, including exterior and interior building materials and finishes, structural system, plumbing and piping systems, HVAC systems including control systems, lighting, electrical power and telecommunications systems, and other significant building or site components.
    6. Cost estimate based on quantities and criteria established by the Design Development documentation.
    7. Comprehensive synopsis of regulatory requirements for the project, identifying salient design criteria and requirements of all applicable codes, laws and regulations.
    Drawings
    1. The designers normal title and index page naming the project and “Design Development Submission”, and dated, including;
      1. Index of proposed final list of drawings.
      2. Other elements customarily a part of designer’s standard title and index page such as list of abbreviations, key plans, symbolization keys, general notes, etc.
    2. Scalable site drawings as will be necessary to describe the sitework of the project, including;
      1. Existing conditions
      2. Proposed conditions (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      3. Utility work (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      4. Hardscapes and landscapes (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      5. Space allotted for relevant details (detail drawings not required but desirable to the extent known and possible to provide)
      6. Relevant schedules (schedule detail not required but desirable to the extent known and possible to provide)
    3. Scalable architectural drawings as necessary to describe the project including;
      1. Demolition requirements (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      2. Hazardous material abatement requirements (drawings sufficient to describe final intent)
      3. Floor plans
      4. Roof plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      5. Reflected ceiling plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      6. Exterior Elevations
      7. Wall Sections
      8. Door, finish, and other planned schedules (schedule detail not required but desirable to the extent known and possible to provide)
      9. Space allotted for relevant details, interior elevations, etc. (detail drawings not required but desirable to the extent known and possible to provide)
    4. Scalable structural drawings as necessary to describe the project including;
      1. Key to structural abbreviations and symbols, and general notes (if not provided on title and index pages)
      2. Foundation plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      3. Framing plans for all floors and roofs (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      4. Space allotted for relevant details, etc. (detail drawings not required but desirable to extent known and possible to provide)
    5. Mechanical drawings as necessary to describe the project including;
      1. Key to mechanical abbreviations and symbols, and general notes (if not provided on main title and index pages)
      2. HVAC demolition plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      3. HVAC plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      4. HVAC schedules (schedule detail not required but desirable to the extent known and possible to provide)
      5. HVAC details and diagrams (detail drawings not required but desirable to the extent known and possible to provide)
      6. Plumbing demolition plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      7. Plumbing plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      8. Plumbing schedules, details, and diagrams (detail drawings and schedule details not required but desirable to the extent known and possible to provide)
      9. Fire protection drawings, details, and/or schedules (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
    6. Electrical drawings as necessary to describe the project including;
      1. Key to electrical abbreviations and symbols, and general notes (if not provided on main title and index pages)
      2. Electrical demolition plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe the final intent)
      3. Electrical power distribution plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe the final intent)
      4. Lighting plans (drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      5. Lighting schedules (schedule detail not required but desirable to the extent known and possible to provide)
      6. Communications systems plans (Telephone/data, drawings in progress sufficient to describe the final intent)
      7. Special purpose systems plans (Fire alarm/A/V/security/BAS/CATV/CCTV/ PA/central clock/etc., drawings in progress sufficient to describe final intent)
      8. Communications and special systems details and/or schedules (detail drawings and schedule details not required but desirable to the extent known and possible to provide)
    7. Other
      1. If it is customary or anticipated for the designer to utilize a separate small detail set, such an in-progress set should likewise be issued with the Design Development Submission.

    Specifications

    1. A first edit draft of a full set of bound or loose leaf detailed specifications (Div. 1 thru 16), with all applicable specification division sections included.
      1. Dated cover page indicating project name and “Design Development Submission”
      2. Table of contents 

D. Documenting Construction and Project Closeout


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The Design Team plays an essential role in documenting the actual construction for University projects. While the contractor keeps track of field changes, it is the Design Team that records these changes in the electronic and paper documents that are issued to the University as record documents. The specific requirements for this documentation are described in Chapter 5, Division 1, Section 01770 ‘Closeout Procedures and Project Record Documentation.’ 


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