Architects, Engineers & Consultants
Getting a Project on Campus
The University is always looking for talented architects and engineers to work on Planning, Design and Construction projects.
Introduce your firm by sending an email to PDC-Admin@lists.utah.edu.
Familiarity allows the University to match projects to the appropriate design firms. Introducing your firm's capabilities and experience will aid in this process.
The University follows State procurement requirements for architectural and engineering services which is based on qualifications and experience. These procedures are patterned after those used by the State Division of Facilities Construction and Management with some modifications to meet University needs and requirements. See University Procurement Method Summary for additional information.
Other services and supplies are procured using standard University procurement procedures. Further information is available at the Purchasing Department's website.
The University of Utah has partnered with BidSync to post, distribute, and receive electronic responses to the University's solicitations. For additional information see the Current Bids on the University's Department of Purchasing's website.
Project Management Software at the University
PlanGrid, an AutoDesk cloud-based application, has been implemented for Project Managers, Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Other Vendors to enhance collaboration during design and construction phases. If you are working with the University, you are required to collaborate in PlanGrid.
For more information on the University's PlanGrid implementation, please contact Eric.Newby@utah.edu.
Unifier is a web-based collaboration environment designed to support project and facility management at the University of Utah. Planning, Design & Construction and Business Services utilize Unifier to support project management activities on campus. The system is utilized during all phases of a project. It allows project managers, University clients, architects, engineers, contractors, and administrators to collaborate, route, review, and approve contracts, change orders, and invoices.
Primarily, the Unifier system is used to provide accurate and timely project financial information, track closeout processes, and create an electronic repository for all projects. For more information on the University's Unifier implementation, please contact Jeff.Record@utah.edu.
Meeting the University's Design Requirements
Facilities Management at the University strongly believes in the power of carefully compiled contract documents for construction.
The DFCM Design Management Documents along with the University of Utah Supplements together form the core standard for architectural/engineering services on University projects.
Architects and Engineers who are contracted for pre-design studies, programs, design services, construction oversight, etc., on University projects are expected to adhere to the requirements found in both the DFCM Design Manual and the University of Utah Supplements and resources here.
The purpose of these Supplements is to inform the consultant of specific standards, functional requirements, and systems limitations needed to satisfy University infrastructure, organization, and mission objectives. An understanding of this information is essential for the successful completion of the consultants' contract responsibilities.
DESIGN REQUIREMENT RESOURCES
The University of Utah Design Requirements were substantially updated on 3/29/2022 and can be found in the UofU Design Requirements link below. Please see UofU 2018 - 2019 Design Requirements below for an outline of items that have been removed.
ADDITIONAL DESIGN RESOURCES
CODE REVIEW PROCESS
Working with the Code Official
All projects must comply with the International Code Council family of codes and State of Utah amendments as approved by the State of Utah Legislature.
The University Building Official is Patrick Tomasino, who is the DFCM authority having jurisdiction for all projects at the University. Patrick can be reached by phone at (801) 608-4833 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code Review for projects is done through the DFCM EDMS System. More information can be found at https://dfcm.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016-DFCM-EDMS-User-Guide.pdf
As the project nears the end of construction, you may be anxious to get it off your desk and books - the University is, too.
At project completion, responsibilities include:
- Preparation of the substantial completion form
- Verification that all punch-list items have been addressed
- Certification of the contractor's final pay application
- Obtaining and reviewing all contractor supplied as-builts and O&M manuals
- Submittal of your record drawings along with the O&M manuals to your project manager