Capital Projects

Design Department

Design Standards

The Design Standards guide the design of existing residential buildings in NYCHA’s portfolio. They are comprised of three areas: Design Guidelines, Standard Notices and Specifications. In addition to these standards, other important resources include NextGeneration NYCHA and NextGeneration NYCHA's Sustainability Agenda.

Urban Design Guidelines

The Connected Communities Guidebook consolidates NYCHA's priorities for urban design and community engagement. This publication will serve as the Authority's comprehensive approach to urban design across its portfolio. It will be an important part of every Request for Proposal (RFP) for new construction and the revitalization of Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) conversion campuses, as well as for smaller-scale non-profit or residented projects and City agency improvements.

Design Guidelines

The Design Guidelines articulate design principles that can be used to create and enforce standards and construction specifications.

Standard Notices

The Standard Notices are technical guidelines used when creating contract documents. These technical briefs are specific to NYCHA’s portfolio and have been developed and reviewed with the Department of Buildings and other agencies.

Specifications

The Specifications define typical materials acceptable for use in NYCHA rehabilitation projects and are based on and complement the Design Guidelines. The specifications must be edited for each project and correspond to actual conditions and coordinate with assembly compatibility. The following specifications should be used as a minimum baseline guide for architects, engineers, contractors and construction managers who are performing work on NYCHA rehabilitation projects. Please note that these are not intended to be complete for all required specification sections but address major areas of construction. The specifications have been updated and reformatted to follow the SpecLink and CSI number and title convention. These documents shall be used solely for NYCHA project work. Any other type of use or unauthorized reprint or reproduction of this material is strictly prohibited.

For projects that have a system which is not included in the specification, the designer must create the section based on the formatting. Deviations from the standards on capacity projects must be approved through the Deviations Committee.

Table of Contents

DIVISIONDIVISION NAME
02 EXISTING CONDITIONS
03 CONCRETE
04 MASONRY
05 METALS
06 WOOD, PLASTICS, AND COMPOSITES
07 THERMAL AND MOISTURE PROTECTION
08 OPENINGS
09 FINISHES
10 SPECIALTIES
11 EQUIPMENT
12 FURNISHINGS
13 EXTERIOR SPRAY SHOWERS
22 PLUMBING
23 HEATING VENTILATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
26 ELECTRICAL
27 COMMUNICATIONS
28 ELECTRONIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
31 EARTHWORK
32 EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS
33 UTILITIES