Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines are intended to identify the standards and preferences of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Facilities Planning and Construction and shall be applied to all remodels and new construction.  They are broken down into the following sections:

  • Design Narratives.  These convey UNL design requirements and preferences to design A/E's.
  • Design Specifications. These are to be used for both internal and externally designed projects.  The A/E shall be responsible for incorporating these into the project contract documents as well as any deletes / edits / additions required to tailor them project specific requirements.
  • Design Details.  Same intent and stipulations as Design Specifications.
  • CAD Standards.  These convey required layering schemes, coloring, fonts, etc. for all construction documents.
  • Space and Door Numbering Standard.  These are required so we can achieve door and room identification consistency accross all buildings and all campuses
  • Wayfinding and Signage.
  • Conformance to Campus Master Plan.  New buildings and major renovations are required to adhere to the most recent campus master plan.
  • Archived Design Guidelines.  Past versions of the Design Guidelines can be found here.
  • Forms.  These are used to request modifications or project specific waivers. 

Every effort has been made to insure that these Design Guidelines reflect sound design and engineering principals. However, if any A/E finds that the application of any of these Design Guidelines would result in a inappropriate or compromising situation, the A/E should notify the UNL Project Manager in writing. The existence of these Design Guidelines does not relieve design A/E's from any contractually obligated professional responsibilities.

We welcome suggestions for additions and revisions to these documents. Please fill out the Design Guideline Revision Request form found here.