Department of
Facilities Management
Brown University
Box 1941
295 Lloyd Ave.
Providence, RI 02912

Facility Emergency:
Tel: (401) 863-7800

Service Request:
Tel: (401) 863-7800

Main Office:
Tel: (401) 863-7850
Fax: (401) 863-7885

Facility Design and Construction Standards

The Brown University Facility Design and Construction Standards is a set of guideline design documents, technical specifications, and detail drawings to be used by architects, consultants, contractors, and Brown personnel in the planning, design, construction, and repair projects in buildings and on infrastructure on the Brown campus.

These Standards reflect the planning, design, construction, and operations expertise of University personnel. The information included within each section contains the procedures to be followed, materials to be used, or design Standards that are appropriate to assure the quality desired at the University.

Brown University's intent is to build high-quality, durable, and sustainable buildings and infrastructure that are cost-effective to maintain, while providing latitude for innovation. Architects, engineers, and designers are encouraged to propose innovative and cost-effective variations that meet or exceed the Standards. Any deviations during design or construction must be brought to the attention of the Brown Project Manager for review and written approval prior to incorporation into the project.

Consultant/Contractor Compliance Instructions

All design consultants and contractors are expected to fully review the Brown University Design & Construction Standards as part of their services to Brown University. At each specific applicable stage of the project (SD, DD, CD, Submittal, Change Request, Other), please print and complete the Compliance Form.

For any specific sections of your Drawings & Specifications, Submittals or Change Requests that do NOT comply with the Brown University design and Construction Standards, the Waiver Request Form must be completed. Note - the Brown University Project Manager must approve any proposed waiver from the Standards.

Click here for the COMPLIANCE FORM or here for the WAIVER REQUEST FORM for requested deviations from the Standards.

Standards Organization - Under Construction

Please pardon our appearance as we are updating the format of the Standards. As changes and new sections are ready for inclusion, changes will be made to this Web Site.

To review available sections, click on the List of Standards below to expand the table of contents.

Historically, the Standards have been organized by the CSI (Construction Standards Institute) 5-digit numbering format. Moving forward, the Standards are being reorganized and updated to follow the newer, 6-digit CSI numbering format. The list of Standards is being updated to show Standards sections in both formats as we make this transition. If you do not see a Standard or topic in the existing 5-digit format, please look in the newer 6-digit format list, or use the Google search function.

Construction Update:
Division 16 (Electrical) has been migrated to the 6-digit format; these sections are now listed under Divisions 26 and 27. The non-plumbing related sections of Division 15 (Mechanical) have also been migrated; these sections are now listed under Division 23. Click here to see the table of contents for these sections.

Standards Search Function

Unsure of what you are looking for in the Standards?
Use the Google Search function below to search the Standards for a key word or phrase.

Note: Once you have found your document use ctrl-f to search for a keyword within the document.

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List of 5-Digit Standards

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+ 00 - Bidding Requirements and Contract Guidelines


+ 01 - General Requirements


+ 08 - Doors & Windows


+ 09 - Finishes


+ 10 - Specialties


+ 15 - Mechanical


List of 6-Digit Standards

+ 01 - General Requirements


+ 04 - Masonry


+ 05 - Metals


+ 06 - Wood and Plastics


+ 07 - Thermal and Moisture Protection


+ 08 - Doors and Windows


+ 09 - Finishes


+ 10 - Specialties


+ 12 - Furnishings


+ 14 - Conveying Systems


+ 23 - Mechanical


+ 26 - Electrical


+ 27 - Communications


+ 28 - Electronic Safety and Security


+ 32 - Exterior Improvements