Architects and Engineers

Getting a job on campus

We are always looking for talented architects and engineers to work on our projects. Please consider providing us with information about your firm’s work and experience at The more we know about you, the more we are able to match projects to the appropriate design firm.

The University selects architects and engineers based on qualifications and experience as described in our Procurement Procedures below:

Procurement Procedures

The University follows State procurement requirements in procuring architectural and engineering services and construction. 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 Procurement Summary for additional information.

Other services and supplies are procured using standard University procurement procedures. Further information is available at the Purchasing Department’s web site.

The University of Utah has partnered with BidSync to post, distribute, and receive electronic responses to the University of Utah’s solicitations. For additional information see the Current Bids on the University’s Department of Purchasing’s web site.


Unifier is a web-based collaboration environment designed to support project and facility management at The University of Utah. Construction Project Delivery and Business Services utilize Unifier to support project management activities on campus. The system provides access to all project information including project planning, design, construction, and close-out. Business processes within the system allow (or will soon allow) project managers, university clients, architects, engineers, contractors, and administrators to collaborate, route, review, and approve design documents, contracts, change orders, and invoices from anywhere at anytime.

The goals established for the Unifier system are to provide accurate and timely project financial information, enable collaboration among project team members, reduce time spent resolving issues through improved communication, create an electronic repository for all projects, and improve project scheduling and coordination. Business process development within the Unifier system is an ongoing process.

Outside vendors can download the Unifier User form here.

For more information on the University’s Unifier implementation, contact

Design requirements

Facilities Management at the University strongly believes in the power of complete and carefully compiled contract documents for construction.

            Design standards

The documents provided below are the University of Utah Supplement to the DFCM Design Manual.  The DFCM Design Manual along with the University of Utah Supplement 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 Supplement.  This Supplement is to be applied to all contracts regarding University facilities, whether the contract originates from DFCM or from the University of Utah.

The purpose of this Supplement 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 consultant’s contract responsibilities.

The DFCM Design Manual consists of three separate documents (Programming Standards, Design Process, and Design Requirements). The University has a corresponding Supplement to each document. Updates to the University Supplement are intended to be published on May 1 and November 1 each year.

DFCM Programming Standards, March 15, 2006

DFCM Design Requirements

University Design Requirements, August 29, 2018

University Programming Standards Supplement, January 15, 2016

DFCM Design Process, March 15, 2006

University Design Details, May 25, 2016

DFCM Fee Schedule

University Design Process Supplement, January 15, 2016

University of Utah Health Care Construction Handbook

University Design Standards Change Request Form

Project Variance Request Form

Owner’s Project Requirements 

Exterior Donor Signage

Designers can download the current Standard for Exterior Donor Signage package here and the 2020 Main Campus Signage Standards here.

Working with the building official

Click here to visit the Permits, Codes, and Building Official Site.

All projects will need to comply with the International Code Council family of codes and State of Utah amendments as approved by the Uniform Building Codes Commission.

Design professionals are encouraged to contact the building official having jurisdiction early in the design process. Final construction documents will need to be reviewed and approved for code compliance prior to construction. Construction change orders will generally need to be reviewed for code compliance prior to construction implementation.

The University has its own Building Official, Gary Giglio, who is the authority having jurisdiction for projects administered directly by the University. Gary can be reached by phone: (801) 587-8966 or email: Jay Fuller, Bureau Veritas North America, is the University’s resident ICC Certified Commercial Inspector and Moe Heivand, Bureau Veritas North America, is the ICC Certified Building Plans Examiner, both of whom work under the supervision of the Building Official. Jay may be reached by phone: (858) 987-2346 or email: Moe Heivand may be reach by phone (858) 353-8058 or email:

The Building Official for the State Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM) is the authority having jurisdiction for projects administered by DFCM–unless DFCM delegates that authority to the University’s Building Official. See
Design review

All projects are required to go through a University Design Review Process. Here is a document describing our Design Review Process.


Bluebeam for Design Reviews.

Project closeout for architects and engineers

As the project nears the end of construction, you may be anxious to get it off your desk and books – so are we.

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.