Policies & Standards

Notre Dame Policies & Standards


Work Place and Office Furniture Standard (links to architect.nd.edu - scroll down to find the policy) 

Description: This comprehensive standard was approved by the University Space and Project Review Committee in December 2014 and seeks to assist space planners in the design of work spaces for future new buildings and in renovations to existing facilities. This document provides standardization information on fabrics, furnishings, work station sizes, panel heights and components in order to achieve visual consistency and flexibility while keeping projects affordable. This document is maintained at the architect.nd.edu website.  

University Signage Policies (links to architect.nd.edu)

Description: These documents outline the process for ordering new signage through recommended vendors for signage needs not related to new construction or renovation. For new construction and renovation, signage is handled as part of the design process with PD&C. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Boynton at boynton.3@nd.edu

Room Numbering Guidelines

Description: These guidelines are intended to ensure that  room numbering and way-finding procedures are applied consistently to all University buildings. Consistent room numbering is important because it impacts the work of numerous campus groups including Notre Dame Security Police, Notre Dame Fire Department and OIT Telecommunications, Networking and Maintenance.

CAD Standards

Description: These standards are issued to aid in the development of AutoCAD™ drawings suitable for use at the University of Notre Dame. By maintaining consistency and compatibility with existing documents, electronic drawings produced and submitted in accordance with these standards have a significantly greater value to the University, as well as other architects, engineers, consultants and contractors working with the University. Please note that the University expects compliance with these standards for CAD drawings submitted both at project closeout and upon submittal of the final approved design prior to the start of construction. Receipt of compliant CAD drawings at the time of final design approval is critical for utility and building service planning. These standards apply only to 2D AutoCAD models. No standards for 3D files have been established as of yet.

CAD Title Block (30 x 42) | 36 x 48

Description: These downloadable CAD templates are to be used for all University construction and renovation projects. Please reference the University of Notre Dame CAD Standards most recent version for further description of this and all CAD-related requirements. 


Industry Standards

Space Usage Codes | FICM Manual

Description: The Postsecondary Education Facilities Inventory and Classification Manual (FICM), 2006 Edition manual describes standard practices for initiating, conducting, reporting, and maintaining a postsecondary institutional facilities inventory. The space use codes in Chapter 4 are the accepted standard for describing the use of space across higher education and the basis for most benchmarking analysis done among peer institutions.