Design Standards & Procedures

Designing for Facilities Stewardship

The University of Iowa Design Standards & Procedures is for use by architects, engineers and interior designers to ensure the successful delivery of University of Iowa capital projects. The document represents the collaboration of many with a rich institutional understanding of building function, building systems, operations, landscaping, and construction. It is important that each project effectively balance the needs of the user, the institution, and the stakeholders at the University of Iowa.

Designing for facilities stewardship starts with an understanding of the institution’s qualitative and quantitative priorities. The Design Standards & Procedures exists to assist the Design Professional by setting the minimum institutional requirements for the decision-making involved in projects at the University of Iowa.

NEW - 2017 Design Standards & Procedures

Current Version - updated July 1, 2017 (pdf)

2017 Edition Amendment 1: Door Operators

Changes made from 03.01.2016 edition to 07.01.2017 edition

Changes document - color key:

  • red = item added or deleted
  • green = item moved, verbatim, from another section
  • light blue = format change only

Related Forms

Change Request Form (doc)
Deviation Request Form (doc)

Related Documents/Links

Campus Lighting Strategy Amendment
Campus Planning Studies
Campus Urban Forest Study 1996 (.pdf)
Lighting Standards-University Research Park 2009 (.doc)

Lighting Power Density Compliance Form (.xls)