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Facility Design Guidelines

The Facilities Design Guidelines (FDG) is a set of guideline design documents, technical specifications, and detail drawings to be used by architects, consultants, and contractors in the design and construction of new buildings, infrastructure, and remodeling projects on the Stanford campus. Stanford University's intent is to build cost-effectively without restricting the consultant's latitude for innovation. The FDG can be accessed at Available Documents and Available Drawings.

Responsibilities of Architects, Design Consultants, Contractors, and Construction Managers

Architects and other designers are encouraged to propose innovative and cost-effective variations that meet or exceed the Guidelines. However, any deviation must be brought to the attention of the Responsible Organization for review prior to incorporation into the project.  Architects, design consultants, contractors, and construction managers engaged by Stanford University are fully responsible and liable for their designs and construction, regardless of the extent to which the Facilities Design Guidelines are used or followed in the project, and regardless of any approvals or acceptance of design or construction documents by Stanford University or its personnel.

Responsibilities of Stanford Project Managers

At the onset of each project, Stanford Project Managers, in consultation with the Responsible Organizations, will identify and provide the sections of the FDG which pertain. Project Managers will also provide details about which portions must be followed and which sections may be considered guidelines.

Please address all comments, questions, and requests for current guidelines not on this site to fdg-feedback@mailman.stanford.edu and the Responsible Organization listed with each document. See also: Proposing a Revision.

These Guidelines apply primarily to academic buildings and campus infrastructure. Similar and/or additional guidelines apply for facilities of the School of Medicine and Residential and Dining Enterprises. 

School of Medicine

Residential and Dining Enterprises