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Building Standards

The following standards apply to all university renovation and new construction projects. These standards should be familiar to consultant architects, engineers, and outside contractors as well as university personnel. Standards are divided into divisions; they are a "living" set of documents that will be updated on a regular basis. If you cannot find the information you require here, please contact your project manager. These standards establish a quality baseline for all UIC facilities and any deviation must be submitted in advance to your UIC project manager for approval.

Informational notes for the Professional Services Consultant (PSC) have been included as appropriate and are intended to be removed by the PSC during the editing process.

Download building standards policies below, organized in Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Site-Civil categories.

In addition to the individual standards below, here is a single PDF document of all standards as of June 2024.

Architectural Standards Heading link

DivisionPolicyLast Updated
01 - General Conditions01 78 39 Project Record Documents2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 25 00 Substitute Procedures2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 31 21 3D BIM Coordination Drawings - Contractors2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 32 00 Construction Progress Documentation2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 33 00 Submittal Procedures2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 35 00 Special Procedures2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 50 00 Temporary Facilities and Controls2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 74 19 Construction And Demolition Waste And Recycling2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 74 23 Final Cleaning2023-10
01 - General Conditions01 77 00 Closeout Procedures and Requirements2023-09
01 - General Conditions01 12 00 Multiple Contract Summary2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 78 23 Operation and Maintenance Data2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 79 00 Demonstration and Training2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 77 00-1 Owners Substantial Completion Checklist2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 81 00 Facility Performance Requirements2023-11
01 - General Conditions01 87 02 Structural Performance Requirements2023-06
01 - General Conditions01 91 13 General Commissioning Requirements2023-06
02 - Existing Conditions02 06 19 Existing Condition Information2023-06
02 - Existing Conditions02 06 26 Existing Hazardous Material Information2023-06
02 - Existing Conditions02 21 13 Site Survey2023-06
03 - Concrete03 30 00 Cast-In-Place Concrete2023-06
04 - Masonry04 01 20 Masonry Repair2023-03
04 - Masonry04 20 00 Unit Masonry2023-06
04 - Masonry04 42 00 Exterior Stone Cladding2023-03
05 - Metals05 12 00 Structural Steel Framing2023-06
05 - Metals05 12 13 Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel Framing2023-06
05 - Metals05 51 13 Metal Pan Stairs2023-06
06 - Wood, Plastics and Composites06 13 23 Mass Timber Construction2023-06
06 - Wood, Plastics and Composites06 20 00 Carpentry2023-06
06 - Wood, Plastics and Composites06 40 23 Architectural Woodwork2023-06
06 - Wood, Plastics and Composites06 61 16 Solid Surfacing Fabrication2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 14 13 Hot Fluid-Applied Rubberized Asphalt Waterproofing2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 14 16 Cold Fluid-Applied Waterproofing2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 17 00 Bentonite Waterproofing2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 18 00 Traffic Coatings2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 21 00 Thermal Insulation2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture ProtectionPolymer-Modified Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 24 16 Polymer-Based Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 27 26 Fluid-Applied Membrane Air Barriers2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 27 27 Self-Adhered Sheet Membrane Air Barrier2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 52 16 Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene (SBS) Modified Bituminous Membrane Roofing2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 53 23 Ethylene-Propylene-Diene-Monomer (EPDM) Roofing2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 54 23 Thermoplastic-Polyolefin (TPO) Roofing2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 62 00 Sheet Metal Flashing and Trim2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 71 00 Roof Specialties2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 71 00 Roof Accessories2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 72 73 Vegetated Roof Systems2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 81 00 Applied Fire Protection2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 81 23 Intumescent Fire Protection2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 84 13 Penetration Fire Stopping2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 84 43 Joint Firestopping2023-06
07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection07 92 00 Joint Sealants2023-06
08 - Openings08 11 13 Hollow Metal Doors and Frames2023-06
08 - Openings08 14 16 Flush Wood Doors2023-06
08 - Openings08 31 15 Security Access Doors and Frames2023-06
08 - Openings08 36 13 Sectional Doors2023-06
08 - Openings08 41 13 Aluminum-Framed Entrances and Storefronts2023-06
08 - Openings08 41 26 All-Glass Entrances and Storefronts2023-06
08 - Openings08 42 29.23 Sliding Automatic Entrances2023-06
08 - Openings08 42 29.33 Swinging Automatic Entrances2023-06
08 - Openings08 42 33 Revolving Door Entrances2023-06
08 - Openings08 51 13 Aluminum Windows2023-06
08 - Openings08 81 00 Door Hardware2023-06
08 - Openings08 80 00 Glazing2023-05
09 - Finishes09 29 00 Gypsum Board2023-06
09 - Finishes09 30 13 Ceramic Tiling2023-06
09 - Finishes09 51 23 Acoustical Tile Ceilings2023-06
09 - Finishes09 51 33 Acoustical Metal Pan Ceilings2023-06
09 - Finishes09 64 00 Wood Flooring2023-06
09 - Finishes09 64 66 Wood Athletic Flooring2023-06
09 - Finishes09 65 13 Resilient Base and Accessories2023-06
09 - Finishes09 65 16 Resilient Sheet Flooring2023-06
09 - Finishes09 65 19 Resilient Tile Flooring2023-06
09 - Finishes09 66 13 Portland Cement Terrazzo Flooring2023-06
09 - Finishes09 68 13 Tile Carpeting2023-06
09 - Finishes09 69 00 Access Flooring2023-06
09 - Finishes09 91 13 Exterior Painting2023-06
09 - Finishes09 91 23 Interior Painting2023-06
10 - Specialties10 13 00 Directories2023-06
10 - Specialties10 14 16 Plaques2023-06
10 - Specialties10 14 19 Dimensional Letter Signage2023-06
10 - Specialties10 14 23 Room-Identification Panel Signage2023-06
10 - Specialties10 14 26 Post and Panel-Pylon Signage2023-06
10 - Specialties10 21 13.14 Metal Toilet Compartments2023-06
10 - Specialties10 21 13.14 Phenolic-Core Toilet Compartments2023-06
10 - Specialties10 21 13.14 Stainless Steel Toilet Compartments2023-06
10 - Specialties10 28 00 Toilet Bath and Laundry Accessories2023-06
10 - Specialties10 44 13 Fire Protection Cabinets2023-06
10 - Specialties10 51 13 Metal Lockers2023-06
10 - Specialties10 51 16 Wood Lockers2023-06
10 - Specialties10 51 23 Plastic-Laminate-Clad Lockers2023-06
10 - Specialties10 75 16 Ground-Set Flagpoles2023-06
11 - Equipment11 11 36 Vehicle Charging Equipment2023-07
11 - Equipment11 12 00 Parking Control Equipment2023-06
11 - Equipment11 82 23 Recycling and Waste Containers2023-07
12 - Furnishings12 21 13 Horizontal Louver Blinds2023-06
12 - Furnishings12 21 16 Vertical Louver Blinds2023-06
12 - Furnishings12 24 13 Roller Window Shades2023-06
13 - Special Construction13 20 00 Lactation Spaces2023-03
14 - Conveying Equipment14 20 10 Freight and Parking Garage Elevators2023-09
14 - Conveying Equipment14 21 00 Electric Traction Elevators2023-09
14 - Conveying Equipment14 24 00 Single Acting Hydraulic Elevator2023-09

Mechanical Standards Heading link

DivisionPolicyLast Updated
21 - Fire Suppression21 00 00 General Fire Suppression Requirements2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 05 00 Common Work Results for Fire Suppression2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 05 13 Common Motor Requirements for Suppression Equipment2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 05 18 Escutcheons for Fire Suppression Piping2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 05 53 Identification for Fire Suppression Piping and Equipment2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 08 00 Commissioning of Fire Suppression Systems2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 11 00 Facility Fire Suppression2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 12 00 Fire Suppression Standpipes2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 13 13 Automatic Sprinkler Systems (Wet Pipe Systems)2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 13 16 Automatic Sprinkler Systems (Dry Pipe)2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 13 19 Preaction Sprinkler Systems2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 24 00 Clean Agent Chemical Suppression Systems2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 31 13 Electric Drive, Centrifugal Fire Pumps2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 34 00 Pressure Maintenance Pumps2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 39 00 Controllers for Fire Pump Drivers2023-06
21 - Fire Suppression21 41 00 Kitchen Hood Fire Suppression System2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 05 13 Common Motor Requirements for Plumbing Equipment2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 07 16 Plumbing Equipment Insulation2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 07 19 Plumbing Piping Insulation2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 10 00 Plumbing Piping2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 11 23.13 Domestic Water Pressure Boosting Systems VFD2023-06
22 13 16 Sanitary Waste and Vent and Storm Piping2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 13 29 Sanitary and Storm Sewer Pumps2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 16 00 Natural Gas Piping2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 31 00 Water Conditioning Equipment2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 33 14 Water Heating Equipment2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 40 00 Plumbing Fixtures2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 61 14 Laboratory Compressed Air System2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 62 14 Laboratory Vacuum Piping System2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 63 14 Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide and Special Gas Piping Systems2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 63 16 Medical Gas Systems2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 67 14.13 Plastic Piping for High Purity Service2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 67 20.13 High Purity Water System2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 67 20.23 Tanks for High Purity Service2023-06
22 - Plumbing22 67 20.29 Pumps for High Purity Service2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 05 13 Common Motor Requirements for HVAC Equipment2023-09
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 05 19 Meters and Gauges for HVAC Piping2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 05 93 Testing Adjusting and Balancing for HVAC2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 07 13 Duct Insulation2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 07 19 HVAC Piping Insulation2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 09 13 Instrumentation and Control Devices for HVAC2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 09 13.33 Control Valves2023-09
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 09 13.43 Control Dampers2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 09 23 BACnet Direct Digital Control for HVAC2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 21 13 Hydronic Piping2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 21 16 Hydronic Specialties2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 21 17 Geoexchange Loop Heat Exchange System2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 21 13 Hydronic Pumps2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 22 16 Steam and Condensate Specialties2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 31 00 HVAC Water Treatment2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 31 00 HVAC Ductwork2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 33 00 Air Duct Accessories2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 36 00 Air Terminal Units2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 57 00 Heat Exchangers for HVAC2023-06
23 - Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning23 73 23 Custom Air Handling Units2023-06
25 - Building Automation System25 00 00 Integrated Automation2023-06

Electrical Standards Heading link

DivisionPolicyLast Updated
26 - Electrical26 00 00 Basic Electrical Requirements2023-06
26 - Electrical26 05 13 Medium Voltage Cables2023-06
26 - Electrical26 05 19 Low-Voltage Electrical Power Conductors and Cables2023-06
26 - Electrical26 05 26 Grounding and Bonding2023-06
26 - Electrical26 05 29 Hangers and Supports for Electrical Systems2023-06
26 - Electrical26 05 33 Raceways and Boxes for Electrical Systems2019-02
26 - Electrical26 05 43 Underground Ducts and Raceways for Electrical Systems2023-06
26 - Electrical26 05 53 Identification for Electrical Systems2023-06
26 - Electrical26 05 53 Identification for Electrical Systems- Appendix 12024-05
26 - Electrical26 05 73 Power Systems Studies2023-06
26 - Electrical26 08 12 Power Distribution Acceptance Tests2023-06
26 - Electrical26 08 13 Power Distribution Acceptance Test Tables2023-06
26 - Electrical26 11 16 Secondary Unit Substations2023-06
26 - Electrical26 12 16 Dry-Type, Medium-Voltage Transformers2023-06
26 - Electrical26 12 19 Pad-Mounted, Liquid-Filled, Meduim-Voltage Transformers2023-06
26 - Electrical26 23 00 Low-Voltage Switchgear2023-06
26 - Electrical26 24 13 Switchboards2023-06
26 - Electrical26 27 26 Wiring Devices2023-06
26 - Electrical26 28 13 Fuses2023-06
26 - Electrical26 29 13 Motor Control2023-06
26 - Electrical26 29 23 Variable Frequency Motor Controllers2023-06
26 - Electrical26 36 23 Automatic Transfer Switches2023-06
26 - Electrical26 43 00 Surge Protective Devices2023-06
27- Communications27 00 00 Telecommunications2023-08
28 - Electronic Safety and Security28 13 00 Access Control2023-06
28 - Electronic Safety and Security28 23 00 Video Surveillance2023-06
28 - Electronic Safety and Security28 31 11 Fire Alarm And Signaling2023-09

Site-Civil Standards Heading link

DivisionPolicyLast Updated
31 - Earthwork31 00 00 Earthwork2023-06
31 - Earthwork31 10 00 Site Clearing2023-06
31 - Earthwork31 20 00 Earth Moving2023-06
31 - Earthwork31 25 00 Soil Erosion and Sediment Control2023-06
31 - Earthwork31 30 00 Excavation, Fill, and Below Grade Construction for Buildings2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 13 13 Concrete Paving2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 13 73 Concrete Paving Joint Sealants2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 14 00 Unit Paving2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 14 43 Porous Unit Paving2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 18 13 Synthetic Grass Surfacing2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 31 19 Decorative Metal Fences and Gates2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 33 13 Site Bicycle Racks2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 84 00 Plant Irrigation2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 91 19.13 Topsoil Placement and Grading2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 92 00 Turf and Grasses2023-06
32 - Exterior Improvements32 93 00 Plants2023-06
33 - Utilities33 11 00 Water Distribution Piping2023-06
33 - Utilities33 46 00 Stormwater Management2023-06
33 - Utilities33 61 13 Utility Guidelines and Standards Chilled Water2023-06
33 - Utilities33 61 33 Utility Metering2023-06
33 - Utilities33 63 13 Utility Guidelines and Standards High Temp Hot Water2023-06
33 - Utilities33 63 20 Utility Guidelines and Standards Steam2023-06
33 - Utilities33 71 00 Utility Guidelines and Standards Electrical Distribution2023-06