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Technical Design Standards

Portland State University strives to create a quality environment for all students and users of its facilities. The Capital Projects and Construction Department (CPC), as part of PSU’s Office of Planning, Construction & Real Estate, manages all renovation and construction projects on the PSU Campus. We take this responsibility with an enthusiastic approach, reflected in our department’s mission: “To design and build a modern, sustainable campus that enhances our student learning experience and reinforces the academic mission”.


With the intention of clearly and concisely communicating our standards, including preferences and recommendations, to the team of Consultants and Contractors who work on our projects, we composed these Technical Design Standards. The work involved in the creation of this document comprised obtaining information from important stakeholders on campus, including the professionals who manage PSU’s daily campus and maintenance activities, as well as the leaders who define PSU’s strategic approach and future vision. Their expertise, experience, ideas, and recommendations, in addition to our own knowledge of best design and construction practices, were incorporated into this document to guide and assist Campus design efforts.

At CPC we learn from every new project. We believe that the collaboration and input of the in-house team of professionals from various Departments is extremely valuable and we attempt to constantly encourage their participation. Hence, our Technical Design Standards is not a finished and timeless document; it is intended to be reviewed and re-issued every 6 months by our Department as a result of lessons learned from our projects and industry practices, as well as new technologies in construction. In striving for constant improvement, we welcome your feedback.

We are excited about our Department’s role in shaping the PSU-of-the-future, while preserving the good things we have today. We are pleased to share this document with our partners and hope it can be used to fulfill our Department’s mission.

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Current CPC Technical Design Standards

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