DesignRequirements

 Design Standards - Overview

The SCA Design Standards are intended to guide the design of new construction and existing building rehabilitation for New York City Public Schools. They are comprised of four major groups: Design Requirements, Standard Specifications, Standard Details, and Room Planning Standards. In addition to these major groups, other design standards include the NYC Green Schools Guide, procedural guidelines, and other information to be utilized by the Design community for working on New York City Public Schools.

Overview

Design Requirements

The Design Requirements define the acceptable and expected design practice for SCA consultants and in-house Architects and Engineers, and are generally organized by discipline and building system. Each requirement under "Description/Design Approach" may meet or exceed applicable code requirement.

Details

The Standard Details are to be used as an aid in creating Contract Documents and are based on the SCA Standard Specifications and Design Requirements. They are to be modified to suit actual project conditions.

Room Planning

The Room Planning Standards provide the design basis for all spaces in New York City Schools, including all intended equipment and general locations of furnishing. They clearly delineate those items to be provided by the contractor and those by the Authority. They require modification based on actual room layout and size, and for existing rooms may end up being modified due to space and program constraints.

Specifications

The Standard Specifications define the materials acceptable for use in New York City Public Schools, and are based on and complement the Design Requirements. For projects that have a system that is not included in the specification, the designer is to create the section based on the formatting. Deviations from the standards on capacity projects must be approved through the Deviations Committee.

Title Sheets

All Drawings prepared for the SCA shall utilize the Standard Title Sheets to insure consistency in presentation for all projects. The Designer shall use the appropriate sheet size and border for the project, with 24½"x 36½" being the preferred size.

 Design Requirements

The Design Requirements define the acceptable and expected design practice for SCA consultants and in-house Architects and Engineers, and are generally organized by discipline and building system. Each requirement under "Description/Design Approach" may meet or exceed applicable code requirements.

  • For the list of deviations requested by designers that were not accepted, please click here.

The Design Requirements are available on this website in PDF format. The Design Requirements can be viewed in their entirety or each technical division can be seen individually. When the PDF is opened, you can save it to your desired destination for future reference; File --> Save As. On the left side are the Bookmarks that allow you to jump to the desired section or page. For your convenience, you can also print specific sections from the Bookmark column; Right Mouse Click on the specific section and select Print Page(s).

Coming Changes:
The SCA/s HVAC Standards are in the process of being revised to incorporate Displacement Induction Units (DIU).

In order to view the Design Requirements, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, follow the link below to install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 Design Standards - Details

The Standard Details are to be used as an aid in creating Contract Documents and are based on the SCA Standard Specifications and Design Requirements. They are to be modified to suit actual project conditions.

In order to view the Standard Details, you must have a working version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You may download the latest viewer for free by following this link: Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To download AutoCAD *.dwg files, please go to the Downloads page and under the Standard Details section, you can download and extract each group in it's entirety.

 Room Planning - Design Standards

The Room Planning Standards provide the design basis for all spaces in New York City Public Schools, including all intended equipment and general locations of furnishings. They clearly delineate those items to be provided by the contractor and those by the Authority. They require modification based on actual (as designed) room layout and size, and for existing rooms may end up being modified due to space and program constraints.

The following table lists changes the designer is to make to the indicated Room Planning Standards that have not been incorporated as of yet into the Drawings.  Many times changes are made to one series of drawings that may also apply to others.  Our intent is not to issue new RPS until all known modifications are incorporated.  Until the new RPS is complete, please use the matrix below to modify project drawings (based on the current RPS).

In order to view the Room Planning Standards, you must have a working version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You may download the latest viewer for free by following this link: Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To download AutoCAD *.dwg files, please go to the Downloads page and under the Room Planning Standards section, you can download and extract each Group in it's entirety.

 Specifications - Design Standards
The Standard Specifications define the materials acceptable for use in New York City Public Schools, and are based on and complement the Design Requirements. For projects that have a system that is not included in the

specification, the designer is to create the section based on the formatting. Deviations from the standards on capacity projects must be approved through the Deviations Committee.

The Standard Specifications are available in Word format and are to be edited as applicable for all projects.

General Requirements in the Division 1 section are not to be changed, revised, edited or omitted for projects.

Supplementary Requirements in the Division 1 section are to be edited as required for the project.

In order to view the Standard Specifications, you must download and install an MS Word Viewer or have a working version of MS Word 97 or later installed. You may download the latest viewer for free by following this link: Microsoft Word Viewer MS Word Viewer.

 Title Sheet - Design Standards

All Drawings prepared for the SCA shall utilize the Standard Title Sheets to insure consistency in presentation for all projects. The Designer shall use the appropriate sheet size and border for the project, with 24½"x 36½" being the preferred size.

In order to view the Standard Title Sheets, you will need pdf reader installed on you machine. If you do not already have it you can download one free of charge from Adobe's website by clicking the following link: Adobe PDF Reader.

 Complete List of Standard Details

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 Design Standards - Design Requirements

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 Complete List of Design Requirements

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