- Capital improvement project equipment is in one of two categories:
- Fixed (built-in) Equipment is defined as equipment that will become an integral part of
the project by the fact that it will require connections with the structural, mechanical,
plumbing or electrical systems. It is acquired through the construction contracts and is
in the project construction budget. This includes such items as shelving, food service
equipment, unit kitchens, cabinets, laboratory work benches, fume hoods and fixed
seating. The specifications shall clearly define which contractors have responsibilities
relative to equipment receiving, inventory and installation (including utility hook-ups).
- Moveable Equipment is generally defined as equipment that does not have a
permanent attachment to the building's systems. There is a budget for moveable
equipment within the total project authorization. This equipment will be purchased by
the University directly and is not part of any construction contract. Most of the items
will be purchased by the University's Purchasing Department and, therefore, are
governed by state purchasing regulations (i.e., competition is required on large or
numerous items and a specific brand or model might not be obtained due to the bid
- There may be a preliminary list of moveable equipment in the project’s program
statement and the designer may be asked to help develop the final moveable
- It is generally the intent of the University to install the moveable equipment
after most of the construction is complete. Some of the equipment may require
connections to the project structure or utilities; therefore allowances for
connections shall be made in the project design (power, water, waste, etc.). Both
specifications and drawings shall clearly define who is responsible for receiving,
installing and connecting the equipment.
- A list of all equipment installed in the building shall be given to the Auburn
University Project Manager as part of project closeout.
- Serviceability and Accessibility
- Equipment must be safely and comfortably accessible by service personnel without
causing disruption to campus activities.
- Gauges, meters, thermometers, etc., shall be accessible and readable from floor level.
- Door and window openings shall be sized to allow replacement of equipment without
- Design drawings shall include a 1/4" scale or larger drawing showing the layout of all
equipment in primary mechanical rooms and shall indicate path of travel for removal
and replacement of largest piece of equipment located in mechanical rooms.
- Each mechanical/electrical room shall have at least one light and power outlet on an
emergency circuit, when an emergency generator is installed.
- No ceilings are to be installed in mechanical rooms.
- Primary mechanical/electrical equipment rooms shall be located with access to the
building exterior and allow for convenient service vehicle access and equipment
removal. These spaces shall not be combined with custodian closets.
- University policy is that transformer vaults and mechanical equipment rooms are not
accessible to occupants of the building. It is therefore necessary that occupants'
equipment and controls be located so that the occupants will not have to enter
mechanical equipment rooms for routine operation of equipment. This includes fuses,
circuit breakers, switches, valves, etc., that might serve departmental equipment.
- Vending Equipment
- Facilities Division will coordinate vending area requirements to be included in the
design. Connection requirements of equipment (power, water, etc.) shall be provided
to the designer and included in the design. Equipment shall be provided by the
University or vending companies having contracts with the University. Requirements for a typical vending area are as follows:
- Drink, sandwich, and candy machines each require a 20 amp duplex receptacle.
- All water and electrical outlets around vending equipment shall be 18 inches
above finished floor level.
- Floor finishes around vending equipment shall be hard surface (ceramic tile,
- Laboratory Equipment
Equipment may fall under jurisdiction of Alabama Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act.
Any necessary permits must be paid for out of project funding.
- Fume Hoods shall be ASHRAE 110 tested after installation.
- Design documents shall specify acceptable leakage rates.
- Fume Hoods