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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 1TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
CHAPTER 17RESOURCE PLANNING
SUBCHAPTER DRULES APPLYING TO NEW CONSTRUCTION AND ADDITION PROJECTS
RULE §17.30Standards for New Construction and/or Addition Projects

To facilitate Board review of a new construction and/or addition project, an institution shall submit a written application with sufficient detail for the Board to determine if the project complies with the following standards:

  (1) Space Need--The project shall not create a campus space surplus, or add to an existing surplus, as determined by the Board's space projection model report, required by §17.100 of this title (relating to Board Reports). If more than one project is submitted for an agenda, all projects submitted for the current agenda will be considered in the determination of a campus surplus or deficit.

  (2) Cost--The construction building cost per gross square foot shall not exceed one standard deviation above the mean of similar projects considered by the Board within the last seven years, adjusted for inflation as described in the Board's Construction Cost report, §17.100 of this title. The estimated construction cost of the project will be adjusted by the future inflation factor based on the projected timeline of the construction midpoint.

  (3) Efficiency--The ratio of NASF to GSF for the space in projects for classrooms and general purpose facilities shall be 0.60 or greater. Where the following specialized space is predominant in the project, the ratios of NASF to GSF shall be as follows:

    (A) Office space: 0.65 or greater;

    (B) Clinical facility; 0.50 or greater;

    (C) Diagnostic support laboratories: 0.50 or greater; and

    (D) Technical research buildings: 0.50 or greater; and

    (E) Parking structure:

      (i) 400 Square Feet per parking space for automobile facilities;

      (ii) 500 Square Feet per parking space for boathouses; and

      (iii) 3,000 Square Feet per parking space for airplanes.

    (F) For mixed-use facilities, the ratio of NASF to GSF shall be calculated for each space type and considered separately.

  (4) Usage Efficiency--The use of existing classroom and class laboratory facilities will be considered when the project includes Education & General (E&G) square footage.

    (A) Classroom usage efficiency--

      (i) A score of 75 points or higher is considered as meeting the standard.

      (ii) The classroom score will determine compliance for projects involving the following facility types: classroom, general; auditorium/theater; other facility types that appear, as determined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) staff, to contain classrooms or similar space.

    (B) Class laboratory usage efficiency--

      (i) A score of 75 points or higher is considered as meeting the standard.

      (ii) The class laboratory score will determine compliance for projects involving facility type laboratory, general and other facility types that appear, as determined by the THECB staff, to contain class laboratories or similar space

    (C) Overall usage efficiency--

      (i) Overall score is a function of the classroom and class laboratory scores. A combined score of 150 or higher, as determined by summing the classroom and class laboratory scores, is considered as meeting the overall standard.

      (ii) The overall score will determine compliance for projects involving the following facility types: athletic; office, general; office, high rise; student center; other; and projects that, at the discretion of the THECB staff, cannot clearly be classified in a single category of facility type.


Source Note: The provisions of this §17.30 adopted to be effective August 15, 2004, 29 TexReg 7684; amended to be effective February 22, 2005, 30 TexReg 840; amended to be effective November 22, 2005, 30 TexReg 7736; amended to be effective August 15, 2007, 32 TexReg 4973; amended to be effective May 24, 2009, 34 TexReg 2977; amended to be effective November 29, 2010, 35 TexReg 10499; amended to be effective September 4, 2014, 39 TexReg 6849

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