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Queen's Building Design Standards

Queen’s Building Design Standards provide assistance to consultants and contractors during the planning, design and construction phases of the University’s maintenance, renovations and new capital projects.  

These guidelines do not relieve a consultant from any professional responsibility, duty or due diligence to design elegant, functional, efficient and low maintenance spaces.

In some instance, Queen’s has identified preferred equipment or specific requirements that ensure ease of maintenance and compatibility with current equipment on campus.  These standards are not intended to be the only acceptable solution.  Queen’s expects consultants and/or contractors to consider modern and innovative ideas, materials and methods.  Any proposed alternative ideas are to be submitted in writing to Isabelle Nault, Manager Architecture and Design, for consideration as an exception to the guidelines. These proposals are to include the rationale and/or supporting calculations to demonstrate the equivalent or superior performance of the proposed solution.  The exception request will be reviewed and either rejected or accepted. The standards may be updated subsequently.

These documents provide Queen’s specific design standards only, and are not intended for use, in whole or in part, as a specification. Do not copy the standards verbatim in specifications or in notes on drawings.  

The standards are intended to be read in conjunction with the applicable codes and regulations, and are in no way are to be considered to override those requirements. The codes and regulations represent the minimum acceptable standard. Where the technical design standards differ from the applicable codes and regulations, the more stringent requirement shall be applied.

Isabelle Nault, Manager Architecture and Design, Facilities
in3@queensu.ca

General
References
Queen's Facility Accessibility Design Standards (QFADS)
 
Design Guidelines per Type of Space
  • Student Spaces (Lounge, Informal Study Spaces)
  • Classrooms
Division 01  General Requirements
  • 01 00 00    General Service Requirements
  • 01 19 00    Environmental Health and Safety
  • 01 20 00    Inspection & Testing
  • 01 40 00    procedures, Products, and Quality Requirements
  • 01 50 00    Temporary Facilities, Services, and Controls 
  • 01 55 00    Parking
  • 01 70 00    Execution and Closeout Requirements 
  • 01 74 00    Waste Management and Disposal
  • 01 81 00    Sustainable Design Requirements
Division 04  Masonry
  • 04 05 00    Common Work Results for Masonry
  • 04 05 13    Masonry Mortaring and Grouting
  • 04 21 00    Brick Masonry
  • 04 43 00    Quarried Stone Veneer
Division 05  Metals
Division 06  Wood, Plastics and Composites
Division 07  Thermal and Moisture Protection
  • 07 30 00    Shingles, Roof Tiles, and Covering
  • 07 40 00    Manufactured Siding and Cladding Panels
  • 07 50 00    Membrane Roofing and Parapets
Division 08  Openings
  • 08 00 00    General Doors and Windows
  • 08 11 16    Metal Doors and Frames
  • 08 11 19    Aluminum Doors and Frames
  • 08 71 00    Door Hardware
  • 08 87 00    Glazing Surface Films​ (PDF, 452 KB)
Division 09  Finishes
Division 10  Specialties
Division 11  Equipment
  • ​11 01 00    Audio-Visual Equipment
Division 12  Furnishings
Division 14  Conveying Systems 
  • 14 20 00    Elevators
Division 21  Fire Suppression
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Division 22  Plumbing
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Division 23  Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
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Division 25  Integrated Automation
Coming Soon
Division 26  Electrical
Division 27  Communications
Division 28  Electronic, Safety, and Security
  • 28 10 00     Access Control
  • 28 30 00     Security Detection, Alarm and Monitoring
  • 28 26 00     Alarms and Safety (PDF, 525 KB)
Division 32  Exterior Improvements
  • 32 00 00     Exterior Improvement
  • 32 10 00     Bases, Ballast and Paving
  • 32 31 00     Fences and Gates
  • 32 37 00     Exterior Site Furnishing
  • 32 80 00     Integration System
  • 32 90 00     Planting
Division 33  Utilities
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