SPACE UTILIZATION REFERENCE GUIDE
600 GENERAL USE FACILITIES
General use facilities are those types of spaces generally associated with student related activities. These general use facilities are the supporting services for the general student body.
610 Assembly Facilities
611 Auditorium or Theater
Definition: A room designed and equipped with a stage for presenting dramatic, musical, devotional, or livestock judging activities to the public.
Description: This category includes rooms with seating oriented toward some focal point generally referred to as theaters, auditoriums, concert halls, arenas, chapels, and (livestock) judging pavilions. This category should include the seating areas, stage, orchestra pit and aisles. Institutions may wish to separate the seating area from the stage and other specially configured areas through the use of other codes.
Limitations: These rooms are distinguished from lecture rooms on the basis of primary use. As previously indicated under Classroom (code 111), if the seating is regularly used for scheduled class meetings, it should be classified as instructional space.
620 Exhibition Facilities
621 Display-Exhibition Room
Definition: A room used for exhibits and displays of works of art, artifacts, etc.
Description: This category includes museums, art galleries, and similar exhibition areas which are used to display materials and items for viewing by both the institutional population and the public.
Limitations: Study collections not primarily for general exhibition such as departmental displays of anthropological, botanical, or geological specimens should be classified under an appropriate category associated with that exhibition facility.
622 Departmental Specimen Collection
Definition: A room for the orderly, on-going collection of specimens used by an academic department to actively support its teaching, research and/or public service.
Description: The space contains shelving or other facilities for storing specimens. The space is essentially a permanent working museum or library of specimens (collection) for the use of the whole department. The specimens (collection) may be made available to other departments or outside agencies. Access may be extended to the general public but that is not the primary purpose of the collection. Include spaces housing extensive collections of plants, animals, rocks, soil samples, artifacts, etc.
Limitations: Research experimentation is NOT conducted in the room. Do not include spaces that house specimens in non-active long-term storage, or those being kept only to conduct a research project. Do not include the housing for live animals kept for use in research or for public displays (see ANIMAL QUARTERS and EXHIBITION FACILITIES).
630 Food Facilities
Definition: A room in which food is displayed on counters and patrons usually serve themselves.
Description: Include rooms where the food serving area and the seating areas are generally located in the same or adjoining rooms.
Limitations: This category is limited to facilities which are open to the student body and/or public at large. Dining halls in residence halls (or separate facilities serving a group of residence halls) are classified as residential. Do not include serving areas as part of cafeteria if the serving areas are physically separated from the cafeteria seating.
632 Snack Bar
Definition: A room in which a patron can get quick service consisting of easy to prepare or already prepared food.
Description: Included in this category are food facilities that serve light meals such as sandwiches, hamburgers, etc. Include both the food serving and seating areas as snack bar if they are located in the same room.
Limitations: This category is limited to facilities which are open to the student body and/or public at large. Do not include serving areas as part of snack bar if the serving area is physically separated from the snack bar seating.
633 Dining Room
Definition: A room used for eating meals.
Description: Included would be dining areas where a patron gives their order and the food is brought to their table.
Limitations: This category is limited to facilities open to the student body and/or the public. Do NOT include cafeteria, snack bar or residential dining under this category.
640 Day Care Facilities
641 Day Care Center
Definition: A room (or group of rooms) set aside by the institution to provide day or night, child or elderly adult care as a non-medical service to members of the institutional community.
Description: Include all primary activity rooms that provide oversight, supervision, developmental training and general personal care for children or adults (e.g., play areas, non-staff eating areas, and child training rooms). This type of facility serves as a central service center for faculty, staff, and students, and possibly members of the community.
Limitations: Do not include in this category of space pre-school nurseries if the facilities support the training of college level students.
650 Lounge Facilities
Definition: A room used for rest and relaxation.
Description: Spaces in student unions or other non-residential buildings used for relaxation, informal meetings, etc., such as Honors College or graduate student lounge. A large waiting room used by patients in medical or dental facilities. A lounge is typically equipped with upholstered furniture, draperies and carpeting.
Limitations: A "lounge" area associated with a toilet is non-assigned space and classified as a restroom. Lounge areas in residence halls are classified under residence hall.
653 Break Room
Definition: A coffee/break room used by faculty, staff, and student employees.
Description: These rooms are typically equipped with tables and chairs for brief coffee breaks. They may contain kitchen equipment such as refrigerators and microwaves.
Limitation: Distinguished from Lounge (651), which is used for rest and relaxation and typically has more formal furnishings. If the break room contains vending machines, prorate the space with 096 Vending Machines.
660 Merchandising Facilities
Definition: A room (or group of rooms) used to sell products or services.
Description: Include rooms where books, other school supplies, stationery, office supplies, and in many cases, various and sundry products are sold to students and/or the public at large.
Limitations: This category does not include food facilities, snack bars or concession areas.
663 Concession Area
Definition: A room or space in which food items and/or sundry merchandise is sold to the student body and/or public at large.
Description: Generally this type of space is found in athletic facilities or in student unions. These areas generally serve the student body as a service function or the public while attending a particular event.
Limitations: This category does not include bookstore or food facilities.
664 Retail Outlet
Definition: A room or area which is rented or leased to a merchant or dealer who provides services or goods primarily to the student body and may be available to the general public.
Description: Included would be rooms such as barber or beauty shops, post offices, coffee houses, etc., which are leased by an outside vendor.
Limitations: Do not include in this category those merchandising facilities which are classified as concessions, bookstore or food facilities and operated by divisions of the institution.
670 Recreation Facilities
671 Recreation Room
Definition: A room (or group of rooms) usually found in the student union and used for recreational purposes by the student body and/or public at large.
Description: Included in this category are those rooms (usually found in the student union) containing game equipment such as ping-pong tables, pool tables, etc.
Limitations: This category does not include spaces in residence halls or cooperatives (see 900 - Residential Facilities) or in athletic facilities.
672 Multi-Purpose Room
Definition: A large room or hall used for social and institutional activities.
Description: Included in this category are areas used for student dances, guest lectures, movies, banquets, other social functions, study halls, registration activities, etc.
Limitations: This category does not include lecture halls used for instructional purposes.
673 Bowling Alley
Definition: A room or area containing the equipment and fixtures necessary for bowling.
674 Activity Room
Definition: A room used by students, staff or faculty for activity purposes.
Description: This category includes student body offices, student publication offices and other student and faculty/staff activity areas.
Limitations: This category does not include rooms which fit logically into another category, e.g., office storage, gym or gym service areas, etc. It does not include outside facilities such as tennis courts, archery ranges, fields (hockey, football, etc.) or golf courses.
680 Meeting Room Facilities
681 Meeting Room
Definition: A room used for a variety of non-class meetings.
Description: A meeting room may be equipped with tables and chairs, lounge type furniture, straight-back chairs, and/or tablet arm chairs. Although it may be assigned to a specific organizational unit, it is used primarily by groups for general purposes such as student senate, student government, community groups, short term meetings, etc. A meeting room is distinguished from a conference room (code 351) because conference rooms are considered part of an office complex and are generally used for staff meetings or other departmental non-class activities.
Limitations: Do not include conference rooms which serve an office complex or seminar rooms which are regularly scheduled for class meetings.
700 SUPPORTING FACILITIES
Supporting facilities are those types of spaces that generally support the entire institution by providing the necessary services and facilities for the day-to-day operation of the institution.
710 Computer Facilities
711 Mainframe Room
Definition: A room containing one or more large computer systems consisting of many peripherals and devices.
Description: The system may fill one or more rooms and have peripherals located at remote locations. These rooms normally require a controlled environment.
Limitations: A computer facility used only for instruction should be classified as a class laboratory. A facility used for instructional, research and/or administrative computing should be included in this category. (NOTE: The proration of facilities in this category to "instruction," research," "public service," "general administration," etc., can be accomplished separately by the classification of USE CODE, i.e., independently of this room-type classification.)
712 Minicomputer Room
Definition: A room containing one or more medium (desk-sized) computer systems with a number of connected terminals and/or other peripherals.
Description: These rooms may be a stand alone unit or be networked to other systems. These rooms generally will require a controlled environment.
713 Terminal Room
Definition: A room used for the transmitting and receiving of data from a computer and which is located apart from the computer.
Description: This category includes rooms which contain equipment to enable the user to transmit or receive data from a computer.
Limitations: This category does not include rooms which contain teletype or other equipment which does not tie directly into a computer. Do not include rooms used for instruction in the use of this type of equipment. These would be class laboratories.
714 Microcomputer Room
Definition: A room containing one or more small (desktop) computer systems.
Description: The computer system in the room may be a stand alone unit or be networked to other like or larger systems. May include printers, tape or disk storage units, and other peripherals.
Limitations: A room or area that contains a microcomputer that is incidental to the main function of the space would not be categorized as a Microcomputer Room.
716 Telecommunications Room
Definition: A room or area (facility) to house telecommunications equipment.
Description: This category includes central telephone switching rooms, data network distribution centers and intermediate distribution facilities (telecommunications closets).
Limitations: Do not include departmental telephone reception areas, campus operators, etc.
720 Shop Facilities
721 Physical Plant Shops
Definition: A room used for the manufacture or maintenance of products and equipment.
Description: This category includes such rooms as carpenter shops, plumbing shops, electrical shops, paint shops and other maintenance or physical plant shops.
Limitations: This category does not include instructional shops; industrial arts and vocational-technical shops used for instruction would be classified as class laboratories. Highly specialized shops for the production of scientific apparatus and equipment should be classified as laboratory service (219, 229, 239 or 259). Materials preparation areas in audio-visual, radio stations, and TV studios should be classified as Media Production facilities. Maintenance and repair areas of vehicles, airplanes, boats, etc., should be classified as vehicle storage service.
730 Storage Facilities
Definition: A room used to store materials.
Description: Include in this category those central storage areas where materials are received and stored until distributed to the various departments. The length of time that the materials are stored can vary from a few hours to many months.
Definition: A room used to store materials.
Description: Include in this category those storage areas for materials that are used only occasionally but by their nature or the demands placed upon them by the program, should be close at hand. Also included would be dead storage areas.
Limitations: Do not include storage facilities that are used to keep office supplies or paper supplies, etc., which may be used on a day-to-day basis (see Stockroom -088.)
740 Vehicle Storage
Definition: A room (or structure) used to store vehicles.
Description: This category includes rooms generally referred to as garages, sheds, and other storage areas for vehicles (broadly defined).
Limitations: This category does not include portions of barns or similar field service facilities which are used to house farm implements. It does not include parking structures which are used for the temporary parking of vehicles on a day-to-day basis.
Definition: A room (or structure) used to store boats.
Description: Included in this category are those areas referred to as boat houses which are used for the storage of canoes, rowing shells, etc.
743 Parking Structure
Definition: Floor space allocated for the parking of motor vehicles or related wheeled or tracked apparatus of any kind.
Description: This category includes any area within a building or structure used by staff, faculty, students, or public for automobiles, busses, trucks, etc. Include as assignable square feet the net area of all floor surfaces in such buildings or structures used for parking, including unroofed, unwalled, or partially walled areas typified by the top parking level of a parking structure, and the roofed, unwalled or partially walled areas typified by the intermediate or ground levels of a multi-story parking structure or a single level vehicle shelter. Include in the inventory the number of parking stations available.
Limitations: This category does not include parking or storage areas in a garage or car pool building operated by the physical plant department as part of the maintenance and repair function. Also, it does not include storage sheds for farm equipment such as tractors, combines, etc.
751 Central Duplicating Services
Definition: A room (or group of rooms) containing specialized equipment for printing or making exact copies or replicas of materials such as pictures, letters, drawings, etc.
Description: Included in this category are central duplicating areas which provide services to the institutional community. Also included are rooms which contain machines for printing from inked type, plates, or rolls. Include only central printing areas which provide for the production of printed matter as a service to the institution. Included would be such rooms as composing room (typesetting), pressroom (presses), and bindery (folding, trimming, and binding of books and rebinding of books).
Limitations: Do not include in this category those duplicating or mimeograph rooms which are controlled by departments for their own use.
752 Central Mail Services
Definition: A central facility (room or group of rooms) for the receiving and distribution of mail to the institution.
Description: This category is limited to the central mail receiving and distribution facilities of an institution. Includes areas for US mail as well as inter and intra campus mail. The mail is sorted here and delivered via the campus mail system or is prepared for off campus distribution.
Limitations: Do not include departmental mailrooms, US Postal facilities or residence hall mailroom facilities.
761 Hazardous Materials
Definition: A centralized facility used for the storing, treatment, or disposal of hazardous or toxic waste materials.
Description: A room dedicated to the storage, treatment, or disposal of substances or mixture of substances having properties capable of producing adverse effects on the health or safety of humans or animals. These materials may be chemical, biological or radioactive in nature.
Limitations: This category does not include temporary storage or disposal sites located near or adjacent to instructional or research facilities. A room used for the storage of hazardous materials that is not a central facility should be classified as a related service area to the instructional or research facilities that it serves.
771 Recycling Area
Definition: A room that serves as a depository for recycled materials waiting to be taken to a recycle center.
Description: This category includes those rooms that are used to place recycled materials in until such time as they are removed to a recycling center.
Limitations: Do not include rooms that have a recycle box or barrel in them for use by a department or building resident.
800 HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Health care facilities are those types of spaces that are associated with student health facilities, medical or dental schools, and veterinary facilities.
811 Patient Bedroom
Definition: A room equipped with a bed and used for patient care.
Description: This category includes general nursing care, acute care, semiconvalescent/ rehabilitative adult or pediatric bedrooms, intensive care units, progressive coronary care units, observation units, infant care nurseries, incubator units, wards, etc. Connected clothes closets are included. Stalls for animal patients are also included.
Limitation: Do not include student residence quarters, staff on-call rooms for resting and sleeping, non-patient animal shelters used for farm animals or non-veterinary school laboratory animal shelters.
812 Patient Day Room
Definition: A room in patient care units equipped to function as a combination parlor- waiting area.
Limitations: Do not include public waiting rooms (code 881).
821 Patient Toilet/Bath
Definition: A room containing patient bath and toilet facilities.
Description: Included in this category are toilet/bath facilities adjoining or in conjunction with patient bedrooms. Animal cleaning rooms in veterinary schools are included in this classification unless used specifically for surgery preparation.
Limitations: Public and private toilet facilities serving other than patient bedrooms are excluded. Special tub rooms used by nursing staff for cleaning patients are classified as nurse station service.
831 Nurse Station
Definition: A room or area used by nurses or other patient care staff who are supervising or administering health care services.
Description: A center of nursing work and administration involving one floor only, usually occupied by a head nurse (with assistants) concerned with patients' charts and miscellaneous nursing functions.
Limitations: Do not include in this category rooms used by nurses to prepare patient treatments, medications, etc. Rooms that can be identified as offices should be coded to the appropriate office classification.
Definition: A room used for surgery.
Description: Included in this category are major and minor surgery rooms, delivery rooms, special procedures operating rooms, etc. These rooms are typically equipped with operating room tables, sterile lights, anesthesia machines and various types of monitoring equipment. Also includes rooms in veterinary facilities typically referred to as large animal surgery, small animal surgery, bovine surgery, bull surgery, etc.
Limitations: Do not include in this category autopsy rooms, various surgery support rooms, rooms used for minor invasive procedures (e.g., blood withdrawal, cardiac catheterization) or class laboratories where students work on cadavers.
851 Examining Room
Definition: A room used for diagnostic examinations or combination diagnostic examinations and therapeutic treatment.
Description: Included are rooms used to give medical examinations and includes rooms used for radiology, fluoroscopy, pulmonary function/vascular testing, EEG, ECG, EMG, etc. In veterinary facilities, rooms commonly called small or large animal X-ray, small or large animal examination rooms, etc. are included.
Limitations: This category does not include observation rooms or surgical rooms or rooms used primarily for therapeutic treatment.
852 Therapeutic/Treatment Room
Definition: A room used primarily for the treatment of patients for the control of disease or for physical or occupational therapy.
Description: Include rooms used for dialysis, cardiac catheterization, radiation therapy, etc. In veterinary facilities, rooms commonly called isolation treatment, small or large animal treatment, swine treatment, etc. are included.
Limitations: Do not include rooms used for examinations or examination/treatment rooms when the therapeutic treatment function is not primary.
861 Diagnostic Laboratory
Definition: A room outfitted with wet laboratory facilities used to provide diagnostic support services to health care facilities.
Description: Includes rooms generally referred to as pathology labs, pharmacy labs autopsy labs, etc., such as hematology, chemistry tissue, bacteriology, serology, etc. Also includes areas commonly termed canine, feline, poultry, bovine or equine necropsy rooms in veterinary facilities.
Limitations: This category does not include class laboratories (211) or other laboratories (221), or other facilities used primarily for organized instruction or non-patient care functions.
862 Diagnostic Services
Definition: A room used for diagnostic services that do not require wet laboratory facilities.
871 Hospital Storeroom/Storage
Definition: A room used to store supplies for health care facilities only such as teaching hospitals, outpatient clinics, dental schools, veterinary schools, etc.
Description: This classification, which serves a central storage or supply function, applies only to health care materials and supplies in a health care facility. Include such rooms as central supply rooms, pharmacy supplies/storage/dispensary, linen storage, etc.
Limitations: Do not include rooms used to store supplies for student health centers.
Definition: A room used to store supplies for student health care facilities.
Description: Include central supply rooms, pharmacy supplies/storage and dispensary, miscellaneous storage of a relatively inactive nature, other than that included in other primary service room types. Applies only to student health care facilities.
Limitations: Do not include rooms used to store supplies for health care facilities related to teaching hospitals, outpatient clinics, dental schools, veterinary schools, etc.
881 Public Waiting Room
Definition: A room used by the public to await admission, treatment, or information.
Description: Include such spaces as waiting and reception areas, visiting areas, and viewing areas.
Limitations: Lounges (651) and lobbies (023) are excluded from this category.
891 Staff On-Call Facility
Definition: A room or quarters used by health care staff to rest or sleep while on-call to assigned duties within a health care facility.
Description: Include areas or rooms used by doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, etc., to rest or sleep while on-call to specific duties within the facility.
Limitations: Staff on-call rooms or quarters differ from open and service area lounges in that the on-call facilities have specific provisions made for sleeping and use is restricted to staff who typically work a long shift. Excludes patient bedrooms.
900 RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
Residential facilities are those spaces used to house undergraduate and graduate students and occasionally faculty or staff members. This category could include residences that are owned by an institution but are occupied by non-institutional personnel.
921 Sleeping-Study Room
Definition: A room or area which is designated as living quarters for students or staff.
Description: Included in this category are sleeping rooms (both group and individual), study rooms, or combined sleeping-study rooms in residence halls, cooperatives and/or field buildings which are designated as living quarters for students or physicians (interns, resident physicians, etc.) or staff, including spaces assigned for one or more faculty members or students to serve as counselors in residence halls.
922 Residential Staff
Definition: An apartment or living quarters assigned to managers, head residents, or student counselors in single student residence halls or cooperatives.
Description: The space will generally include a kitchenette, bath and sleeping area.
Limitations: Spaces in older residence halls which are assigned to student counselors and which have not been specifically designed as quarters for counselors will be coded as sleeping-study room (921).
923 Guest Room
Definition: A space reserved for guests of students or staff.
Description: These rooms normally will include a sleeping area, bath and possibly a kitchenette.
Limitations: This space is not to be confused with a manager-head resident room.
924 Resident Lounge
Definition: A space in residence facilities used for relaxation, informal meetings, etc.
Description: A lounge is typically equipped with upholstered furniture, draperies, and carpeting.
925 Game-Social Room
Definition: A room (or group of rooms) in residence facilities used for recreational purposes by the occupants of the residence facilities.
Description: This category includes rooms containing game equipment such as pool tables, ping-pong tables, card tables, etc.
Limitations: This category is for residential facilities only.
926 Living Suite
Definition: A room (or group of rooms) in a residence facility used as a living area.
Description: This category includes rooms in a suite such as bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchenettes, living room, etc. An apartment style housing unit.
Limitations: This category does not include apartment style Student Family Housing or Faculty-Staff Housing.
930 Food Service Facilities in Residence Facilities
931 Resident Dining Room
Definition: A room used for eating meals.
Description: Includes cooperative and residence hall dining areas or cafeterias.
Limitations: This category is limited to facilities serving residence facilities.
940 Family Dwellings
941 Family Student Housing
Definition: A residence facility assigned or rented to a married student or a student with minor dependents.
Description: Include in this category all family dwellings owned by the institution and rented to married students or students with dependents. Include all types of residences (apartments, duplexes, triplexes, etc.) used to house married students or students with dependent children.
Limitations: This category does not include residences rented or leased to non-institutional personnel.
942 Faculty-Staff Housing
Definition: A residence assigned or rented to administrators, caretakers, faculty or staff.
Description: This category includes houses of the Chancellor, institutional presidents, etc., and all other institutionally owned residences rented to other personnel connected with an institution such as faculty and staff. This category could be used to code residence owned by the institution but rented or leased to non-institutional personnel.