The Facilities & Capital Planning Department's Office of University Planning & Development is responsible for the University Design Standard manual. The University's DESIGN STANDARDS manual was prepared for architectural and engineering consultants, contractors, and university staff involved in the design, new construction, and the renovation of university facilities, systems, and properties.

The DESIGN STANDARDS provide both general guidelines and specific requirements for design and specification of materials, systems and components of facilities.

Prior to construction, all designs for repair, renovation, alteration, and new construction are reviewed by the professional staff of the Office of University Planning and Development’s Design Department, then reviewed and signed by the University Architect.

In addition, a number of State of New Jersey and Rutgers agencies, including REHS, are responsible for review and approval of various elements of planning for all University projects. Modifications to University buildings are not authorized without the review and approval of the University Architect