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Space Planning Standards and Site Planning Processes

In 1998 The University retained Eva Klein & Associates to provide space planning programming/design standards for the University buildings: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Space Planning Standards including offices, office support, classrooms and equipment requirements.

Permits and Approvals

The University is subject to local zoning approvals. See section II.C.3 for further information.

An Environmental Assessment (EA) or Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is required of all new buildings or significant additions. The Facilities Planning Project Manager, submits the EA/FONSI with information supplied by the designer, at the end of the Design Development phase of the design process.

Air pollution permits: If a generator is to be used in the project, the University must obtain a modification to its air permit. The Designer must notify the Environmental Affairs Manager of the UNC Environment, Health and Safety Office when the generator’s make and model have been determined.

An ESC Plan is required to be submitted to the NC DLQ for all projects one (1) acre or larger. The ESC plan must be reviewed by UNC Environment, Health and Safety before the plan is submitted to DLQ. These projects will receive a NC General Permit and are required to follow all the conditions of the permit.

Service Planning Standards


Housekeeping/Janitor Closets

One basic custodial closet should service every 6,000 square feet of usable building floor space (or portion thereof), with at least one custodial closet per floor. The closet should have room to store the wastebasket (24”x 36” or larger), mop, wringer, and supplies without lifting items to store them in the sink. Housekeeping sinks should be of the built into the floor type, with a low wall surrounding a drain to reduce lifting. Water Requirement: There should be hot and cold water in each Housekeeping closet that has a sink.

Closets should be spaced throughout the building to avoid moving cleaning equipment long distances. The minimum size for each closet is 36 net square feet. Closets and the other custodial and equipment storage areas are best located close to the building elevator. All closets should have door(s) with minimum 42-inch clear opening.

This space is for the exclusive use of custodial staff; it must not house plumbing, mechanical or electrical equipment.


Corridors should be equipped with electrical outlets at least every 40 feet. The outlets should be dedicated.

Housekeeping Services require electric outlets in each stairwell. They should be on the landing on at least every other floor.

Mail Space

A central mail exchange point shall be located in each facility on the main or ground floor, or in a location conveniently accessible to those who receive mail. The Designer shall meet with the manager of University Mail Services to program the need of each facility.


Refer to the Campus Master Plan 2006 update for further details and explanations.


Acceptable window frames are painted or clad wood frames or metal frames. Frame color should be compatible with the building exterior and approved by the Project Manager. Operable windows are encouraged. Windows on residence halls and other buildings may require security screens to discourage unauthorized entry.

Selection of Brick or Cast Panel for Exterior Walls

The manufacturers shall present samples to the designer for his selection from which sample patterns are to be erected or shown on the job site, after consultation with the Facilities Planning Department. The Construction Management Department will notify the architect’s representative where to locate these panels. The Chancellor’s Buildings and Grounds Committee will review these panels and make the selection. At the time the brick panels are viewed by the committee, the contractor shall also have available samples of all significant exterior materials, including but not limited to pre-cast stone or limestone, window and door frames, glass and metal panels. The Construction Management Office will notify the designer of the final selection. In the case of cast stone panels, small samples may be submitted for selection purposes.

Completed panels must cure for at least three weeks before they are reviewed by the Chancellor’s Buildings and Grounds Committee. In addition, three weeks are required to schedule this review. Therefore the panels must be completed by the contractor a minimum of six weeks before the brick selection is needed.

Exterior Painting

The University must approve all exterior building colors.

Exterior fixtures and equipment, such as lampposts, bicycle racks, railing, bollard, posts, barriers, drinking fountains, street signs, and trash receptacles should be painted the University’s standard black/green.

Landscape Architecture

Refer to the following links for further details and explanations:

  1. The Landscape Heritage and Plant Diversity Task Force Report
  2. The Historic Landscape Master Plan