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Facilities Design and Space Planning

Course Outline

Facilities design and space planning are very important parts of project execution and facilities management for commercial or institutional buildings. Adequate space planning at the early stage of the design phase will ensure the quality of design, the satisfaction of end users, and the life safety of occupants. This course is based entirely on the Design Guide: Army Reserve Facilities - a unified facility criteria published by the US Department of Defense. This Design Guide contains design criteria and general requirements to be used in the development of designs for new construction and additions/alterations of U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) facilities. Although the guidelines are written for the military facilities, the basic principles of the facility design and space planning described in this publication can be applied to commercial and institutional facilities as well.

The course has a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn:

Intended Audience

This course is designed for engineers, architects, contractors, or anyone who has a desire to effectively carry out the facility design and space planning.

Course Content

In this course, you are required to study the following design guide:

UFC 4-171-05: Army Reserve Facilities
(2010 edition, 248 pages, PDF file. File size: 5.3 MB).

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Guiding Principles for Facility Design and Construction
Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design
Stanford University: Facility Design Guidelines
Dussmann Service Facility Management Glossary


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.