Standards & Guidelines

Standards & Guidelines provide a direction and consistency in our facilities and campus systems. Guidelines provide recommendations to guide project architects, engineers, and contractors, as well as UNM’s staff on campus projects, including capital projects, campus improvements, and any other environmental design elements, including signage/wayfinding and circulation. Standards describe the requirements that must be followed for all new construction and renovation projects. Design guidelines should be used along with the project specific program.

Depending on the nature of your organization, any of several standards and guidelines may be relevant, including:

Capital, Planning & Space (CPS)

Capital, Planning & Space Strategies oversees and manages institutional space, physical assets, and capital resources throughout the University of New Mexico. Click here to see the full list of standards and guidelines.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Environmental Health & Safety oversees a wide range of standards & guidelines to ensure health and safety for staff, faculty, and contractors throughout The University of New Mexico. Click here to see the full list of standards and guidelines.

Facilities Management (FM)

Facilities Management encompasses a wide range of disciplines to ensure comfort, functionality, safety and efficiency of the built environment across campus. Click here to see the full list of standards and guidelines.

  • Automotive Maintenance
  • Custodial Services
  • Engineering & Energy Services
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Grounds & Landscaping
  • Lock Shop
  • Pest Management
  • Recycling
  • The Sign Shop
  • Space Management
  • Special Activities & Movers
  • Sustainability

Information Technology (IT)

Information Technology oversees applications, classroom technologies, computing platforms, customer service, and networks for The University of New Mexico. Click here to see the full list of standards and guidelines.

  • Applications
  • Classroom Technologies
  • Computing Platforms
  • Customer Service
  • Networks

Parking & Transportation Services (PATS)

With over 77,000 people traveling to the University-area on a regular basis, UNM’s parking and transportation system is designed to provide reliable and orderly access to the campus. To effectively manage parking at UNM, all parking at the university is restricted access and requires either hourly payment or for vehicles to display a valid UNM parking permit when parked on university property – including vendors and contractors conducting business on campus. Click here to apply for a Vendor/Contractor Permit.

  • Contractor/Vendor Permits
  • Cones/ Barricades
  • Traffic Control
  • Whole Lot Rentals

Click here to view UNM's Parking Regulations

Design & Construction (DC)

Design & Construction (DC) provides professional support services to facilitate best practices in development and construction on behalf of entities internal to UNM. DC provides comprehensive guidance related to the institution’s built environment; specifically, strategic guidance supportive of campus master planning, programming, architectural development and renovation, building efforts and best design practices. DC’s project management services provide comprehensive client support in capital development. 

DC's Standards and Guidelines communicate institutional guidance to a wide range of professionals, including contractors, subcontractors, architects, designers, suppliers, and others. Click here to see the full list of standards and guidelines.

  • Building Design/Renovation
  • Furnishing Standards

Real Estate Department (RED)

Real Estate manages the property held by the University to maximize the benefit it will bring for long-term growth and development. Visit for assistance with the following: 

  • Leases
  • Property Management
  • Science & Technology Park

Utility Services

Utility Services provides standards & guidelines to facilitate the management and operation of utilities across Main and North Campus. . Visit for a full list of standards and guidelines.

  • Backflow Prevention
  • Electrical Manhole Access
  • Disinfection of Domestic Water Lines (procedure)
  • Metering Equipment Guidelines
  • Planed Interruption of Utility Service (procedure)
  • Tunnel Access (procedure)
  • Tunnel Security & Authorization
  • Utilities Startup Checklist
  • Utility Services Outages
  • Utility Services Outage Request Form