Auburn University
Auburn University
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Auburn University

C10 Interior Construction

  1. Partition

    1. Provide a minimum 5/8" Type X gypsum board on minimum 3-5/8" 20-gauge metal studs with snap-in 1 5/8" cold rolled channel stiffeners through studs at mid-span to facilitate future rewiring. Brace studs to structure for additional stiffness as needed.

    2. Provide wood blocking as necessary.

    3. Gypsum board shall not touch the floor.  Clearance shall be no greater than ½”.

    4. Use moisture resistant gypsum board in areas around water, i.e. bathrooms, kitchens, laboratories, etc.

    5. Extend room partitions through ceiling and anchor to structure above.

    6. Do not terminate partitions at ceiling grid without prior approval. If approved, trim top edge of gypsum board partition with ceiling system “L” trim, white finish.

    7. Extend all corridor partitions to structure. Enclose all mechanical and electrical rooms with at least one hour rated walls or more as required by applicable building codes.

    8. Provide gypsum board on steel stud partitions with approximately 12" x 12" inspection/access panel for all under stair areas (usually the lowest level). Where the design professional feels that this is not appropriate (such as lobby or monumental stairs) please request a variance from the Auburn University Project Manager.

    9. General overall layout of rooms, corridors and facilities shall be functional and logical, and meet current codes.  Within the building, attention shall be given to providing a floor plan that provides accessibility for waste removal and ease of transportation to the service dock area. 

    10. Acoustics shall be considered in appropriate areas for comfort, presentations, and privacy.   Provide for sound control around offices, conference rooms, rest rooms and other sensitive areas.

    11. Utilize corner guards in high traffic and utility corridors.  In laboratory buildings, provide 4’- 0” high stainless steel corner guards.  In administrative and classroom buildings, provide 4’- 0” high vinyl corner guards.

    12. The drywall work in areas to receive semi-gloss or gloss paint applications, especially high traffic areas such as corridors and stairwells, shall be finished to a Level 5 as defined by the Gypsum Association’s publication Recommended Levels of Gypsum Board Finish (GA-214-96).

  2. Interior Doors

    1. Interior doors shall be solid core wood, birch or oak veneer, except that existing adjacent door veneers shall be matched in remodeling projects. 

    2. All interior door frames shall be formed 16 gauge steel.

    3. Stair doors to the inside of the building shall have closers, latches and stops.

    4. Doors taller than eight (8) feet shall be approved by Facilities Division.

  3. Specialties

    1. Toilet and Shower Partitions

      1. Stainless steel partitions are preferred and shall be floor mounted. Provide heavy duty stainless steel trim and hardware with self closing door hinges. Latches that do not depend on precision alignment of door and wall to operate are preferred.

    2. Toliet Accessories

      1. Unless the restroom is an executive restroom all towel holders, toilet paper dispensers, and soap dispensers are to be provided by Auburn University.

      2. Large roll toilet paper dispensers are to be mounted approximately six (6) to eight (8) inches above the toilet compartment hand rail.

      3. All Toilet accessories to be installed in accordance with ADA requirements.

    3. Postal

      1. All new buildings with three or more floors must have a central mail room with lockable mail drawers for each department in the building.

    4. Attic Space

      1. Where attic spaces are formed there shall be additional capacity designed into the floor plan for future use as storage space. This shall be done whether or not the current design calls for an attic floor.

      2. Attic ventilation shall be such that good air flow is obtained for the entire cross section and is adequate by the code (as a minimum). It is desirable to have more than minimum ventilation when a dark roof is used. Mechanical ventilation may be required in borderline cases.

  4. Signage

    1. General

      1. Consult with the University’s Comprehensive Master Plan for detailed specifications regarding University standard signage.

      2. Premises identification signs must comply with the most current ADA and International Fire Code requirements.

      3. Provide room number/identity signs for all project spaces which do not have existing signs meeting University standard or same numbering as approved for project by University.  Signs shall comply with University standard designs or match existing signs.

      4. The Architect or design consultant shall locate and design all interior and exterior signage for new building and renovation projects. The signage shall be included in the construction project, but shall be fully designed even if Auburn University decides to provide signs. Signage shall be designed so that people are easily able to find destinations in the new building or area, and the designer shall work with the user representatives to make sure exact wordings are correct and all key components are identified.

      5. The Architect or design consultant shall design and specify in construction documents a place to install egress plans according to code. Architect shall be responsible for providing proper egress plans from their digital floor plans. The architect shall provide the digital files to the contractor, so that permanent emergency egress plans are installed in accordance with applicable codes, as part of the project. Egress plans shall be installed at each stairwell at each level, at each elevator landing, and at each building entrance immediately inside the building.

      6. Provide University standard design building directory for new buildings. Consult closely with University.

      7. Provide University standard exterior identity sign for new buildings. Consult closely with University.

      8. Signs fastened in place with double sided tape or adhesive are suitable in office, research and academic setting. Residence Housing requires security screws or “snake eyes”. Mechanically fasten residence housing signs on four corners with heads counter sunk and coating on heads dipped to match the background.

      9. Building dedication plaques to be provided by the Office of University Planning and installed by the University.  Their location must be identified by the Construction Documents phase of the project design.

    2. Exterior Signage

      1. Exterior signage must be coordinated through the Director of University Planning.

      2. Standard exterior signage to be provided by the Office of University Planning and installed by the University.  Standard exterior signage includes ground mounted building signs as well as applied building lettering.  These signs require eight weeks for fabrication after a company has received the approved design.

      3. Standard exterior applied building signage is dark bronze cast aluminum letters, Helvetica font.

      4. Installation of applied building lettering must be coordinated between the Facilities Division Sign Shop and the contractor.

      5. Any non-standard exterior building signage must be approved by the University Architect and the Director of University Planning.  Proposed installation of such non-standard exterior building signage must be coordinated through the University Architect and specified in the construction documents.

    3. Interior Signage

      1. Specify and schedule in the general construction documents interior signage for each space in the building floor plan. The cost of interior signage is included in the professional services fee, construction budget, and the schedule of work for general construction.

      2. Schedule signage for all assigned spaces, life safety requirements, exit stair /keep door closed, inside stair landing, path to exit, exit door, public toilets, ADA compliant toilets, mechanical, service rooms and essential directional signs. Identify service rooms as Custodial (not Janitor) Electrical and Communications where applicable.

      3. Provide Grade 2 Braille. Maintain the required spacing of the Braille text from the raised print text. A representative sign sample must be submitted prior to the full production run to demonstrate ADA compliance. ADA compliance (ICC/ANSI 177.1) requires the graphic information in strong contrast with the background value, either positive or negative images.

      4. Standard Room Numbers shall be equal to items listed below:

        Gravograph New Hermes
        2200 Northmont Parkway
        Deluth, GA  30096-5895

        1. Deluxe Directory

        2. Header Plus Three Insert Lines:  Part No. 34911
          Size:  Header 1/1/4” x 7” x 1/16”
                    Inxerts  ¾” x 7” x 1/16”
          Overall size:  7 5/8” Wide 4” High 3/8” Thick

        3. Three basic colors used most commonly on campus:

          • Gravo-tac Silver gray (substrate) used for brail room numbers and backplate material on which to mount raised profile numbers.  Material Part number 29900

          • *Gravo-tac bright white Profile material for profile numbers Part number 37042A (request with adhesive)

          • Gravoply-I material for 3 lines Part Number 29584 Silver Gray with white core.

          • Gravo-tac Black (substrate) Part Number 29902.  *Use same bright white listed above for all profiles.  Gravoply Black for 3 lines Part Number 17319.

          • Gravoply gray (not silver gray).  Use same material for substrate and 3 lines Part Number 21927.

          • Use raster beeds to insert into backplate for Braille.  Part Number B9040CB.  These come from Accent Signage, Minneapolis, MN 55405        


  5. Room Numbering

    1. Room numbering shall be determined by the Design Development Phase of the project.

    2. Room numbering shall be provided by the Office of Campus Planning and Space Management.  Prior to incorporating any room numbers into the design and construction documents, the Design Professional must submit a copy of the final room layout to the Office of University Planning for the room number assignment.

    3. Room numbers shown on the final construction documents must match the building signage, fire alarm panels, etc. upon completion of construction.

    4. Final official room numbers are required before telecommunications wiring can be installed, since room numbers are needed for labeling faceplates and wire terminations.  Also, Room numbers are critical to an accurate Emergency 911 database maintained by the Office of Information Technology.

  6. Custodian Closets

    1. Supply Storage Room for Custodians shall be provided in every building of 40,000 square feet or larger. Provide one (1) custodian closet for each 15,000 - 18,000 square feet of building floor space with a minimum of one (1) for each floor.  These custodian closets are to be 10’ x 10’ located close to the freight or service entrance, and have shelving on at least one wall.  An additional storage room of at least 200 square feet in size shall be located in each building. They shall not be located at the dead end of a corridor, on a stair landing, inside another room, under stairways, or in narrow spaces.

    2. In buildings of 75,000 square feet or greater there will be the need for an office and a break room to accommodate twenty four employees.

    3. Passageways, mechanical equipment rooms, pipe chases, etc., shall not serve as custodian closets; nor shall elevator controls, electrical panels, telephone equipment, roof access hatches, etc. be located in custodian closets.

    4. Each custodian closet shall have:

      1. Floor drain.

      2. Positive ventilation facilities.

      3. Space for a 6' step ladder.

      4. Pegs for storage of rotary brushes.

      5. Hangers for wet mops over floor receptors.

      6. Hangers for dust mops and brooms furnished by the owner.

      7. Hard surface walls and 10' high ceilings.

      8. Adjustable shelves for supplies.

      9. A 36" door that swings out, not into the room.

      10. Hot and cold water. Faucet shall be threaded for a hose connection, mounted 36" above the floor and provided with a vacuum breaker before the threaded portion.

      11. Ceramic or quarry tile 36” x 36” minimum mop receptor with 4" front curb and 6" side curbs located in one corner on the wall beside the entrance door. The remainder of the floor area in the closet may be trowel finished, sealed concrete with a ceramic tile base.  A waterproof membrane shall be provided under the entire floor, and the floor shall be pitched to receptor or a drain.

      12. A grounded duplex receptacle in "open" wall and power for 3 buffers. See Facilities Division for amperage.

      13. Floor space for large floor finishing machine.

      14. Space for 40" H x 26" W 48”L trash cart.

      15. Adequate lighting; but no light fixtures or sprinkler heads located above mop receptor.

  7. Door Hardware

    1. All exterior doors will be electrified and monitored by the BASIS System and Software.

    2. At least one exterior door will have a BASIS, BAS-2010 card reader.

    3. Electrified exit devices will be Von Duprin, EL RX 98 Series, Electric Latch Retraction, and Request to exit (RQE).

    4. If ADA Operator is used on any card access door, the door will have both a swipe reader and proximity reader to be tied into BASIS.

    5. All electrified doors will be installed as night function, so no manual locking is required after hours.

    6. Door Closers:

      1. Exterior – LCN 4041 Series (No Substitution Allowed);

      2. Interior – LCN 1461 Series (No Substitution Allowed);

      3. All Door closers will be mounted on interior side of room;

      4. All door closers will be equipped with “delayed action” feature.

    7. All lock hardware must accept BEST Access Systems, 7 pin, interchangeable cores.

    8. All access control system control panels to be mounted within a telecom closet.  Proper room shall be allocated for necessary equipment.

    9. If  CCTV cameras are to be installed, it is preferred that all head-end equipment be compatible with the NICE-Vision® System.

    10. Any door that is monitored by the access control system, but does not have a card reader will have a PIR (motion detector) RQE (Request to exit) device to mask exiting traffic.

    11. No plastic parts in locksets.

    12. All mechanical and electrical rooms to be equipped with card swipe access.

  8. Sever Weather Shelter Areas

    1. Shelter areas shall be designed into projects and designated as such per FEMA Publication 361.

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