Building Programming
AE Design-II


The first step in developing any building is to understand what the client wants. On the very simplest projects involving only a single designer and client this can be accomplished through conversation alone. But for a project of any size involving more than two people it's essential to document in words and numbers what the designers have agreed to create before they start designing the physical object. The traditional name for this kind of a document is a "Program". In it's simplest form it's just a list of spaces and their desired sizes.

Because we're engineers we need to be concerned not only about the architectural goals, but also the engineering goals for the building. At a firm like KlingStubbins this definition of the project goals is called a "basis of design (BOD)." It spells out in as great a level of detail as possible what the client expects for each system (including Site and Architecture). For the purposes of this assignment we're calling the document a "Building Program".

The essence of this assignment is to use an Excel spreadsheet (you may also use an Access template if you choose) to develop a Building Program for a building that will be assigned to your team defining as much about each building system as you can before you start making system choices.

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The essence of this assignment is to fill in the Excel Spreadsheet "Building Program" for all the building systems, setting goals for each system, the way the success of the final design will be measured. The spreadsheet contains many suggestions for parameters you may wish to specify, but you're urged to refine what you find and add other parameters. You're to create a web site that summarizes and comments on you've prepared as well as providing a link to the spreadsheet.


In order to set some goals for the system it is useful to run some preliminary analysis. In the HVAC and electrical area this can be accomplished readily using the Equest program. You are asked to use it and incorporate your results from those runs into your goals for those systems.

The requirements, therefore, are to fill in the Building Program spreadsheet for all the systems, to simulate your building using Equest in order to establish electrical usage and energy usage goals, and to present the results of your analysis using a web page.

Resources Available to You
Resource Comment
Site Information Contains the site plan. Note that you are responsible for determining the exact size of the site.
Building Information

Spreadsheet containing detailed information about each of the buildings. Use the "filter" capability of Excel to display only the specific building that you're assigned.

Note that your building assignment is show on the "Team Assignment" page.

Building Program Spreadsheet On the AE Resources web page. This is the spreadsheet you are to use to develop the building program. Note that there are other tools on that page that may be useful during the term as well.


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This project is to be completed in groups that will be assigned by the instructor. You are welcome to consult with your classmates for suggestions - short of direct copying. The grading is on an absolute scale so mutual assistance can only help each group.

The Teams for this Assignment are defined on this page or may be assigned in class.

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You are to deliver a web site which addresses the assignment, ready to be viewed by the class and instructor. Each site should meet the following requirements. It should be put together in the form of information to a successor team of designers who will carry on your work from where your completed it.

Web Page Requirements

Your assignment site should have at least the following information on it:

Remember to turn in the Assignment to the Submit Assignment database.

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The following will be be used to assess your success in meeting the project's requirements. Note that each project will be "weighted" as shown on the grading to determine the overall term grade.

General advice - BE SPECIFIC, you'll only get an average grade if you give generalities without specific numbers, details, examples to back up your generality.

Average Work (approx. 60%)
Excellent Work = Average +
Possible Points
Assignment Deliverables Exist & Are Clearly Presented

Each of the required ingredients exists

  • Web Site
  • Spreadsheet - downloadable from web site link.
  • Evidence of Equest Analysis

The deliverables are well presented, both logically and visually

  • Easy for successor teams to start using material to design.
  • Major conclusions
Architectural Program Complete

Room-by-Room information is provided on:

  • Occupancy
  • Size
  • Adjacency

The Overall building requirements are presented including:

  • Gross Size
  • Estimated Cost
  • Parking Requirements
Structural Program Complete

Room-by-Room information is provided on:

  • Live Load
  • Deflection requirements

Overall Structural Goals are clearly expressed:

  • Economy vs. elegance
  • Desirable bay size
  • External loads expected
HVAC Program Complete

Basic HVAC parameters are defined on a room-by-room and whole-building basis.

  • CFM Requirements
  • Maximum internal gains
  • Design temperature winter and summer
  • External assumed design temperatures

The results of the Equest simulation are used to:

  • set energy use goals
  • Identify requirements for other building systems.
Electrical Program Complete

Basic Electrical parameters are defined on a room-by-room and whole-building basis.

  • Desired voltages
  • Assumed loads

Whole building and special Electrical Requirements Defined:

  • Total KVA required
  • Emergency Power Requirements
Integration Goals Clear Definition of which systems interactions must be considered during the design of the building with some level of specificity.

Detailed consideration of the interaction of the systems

  • Priorities defined
  • Bounds for key parameters defined
Extra Credit Suggestions for improving the assignment (1 pt) Functional Enhancements to the Programming Spreadsheet

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Updated: 1/8/08