University Facilities

Site Design Guidelines

Site Design Guidelines
  1. Introduction
  2. Pedestrian Systems
    • Pedestrian Nodes
    • Guidelines 
    • Pedestrian Paths 
    • Road Intersections
    • Steps and Outdoor Ramps 
    • Handrails
    • Guardrails 
  3. Vehicular Systems
    • Guidelines
    • Road Hierarchy and Character
    • Landscaping
    • Building and Parking Setbacks 
    • Utility Easements 
    • Visibility Triangles
    • Pedestrians
    • Bicycles
    • Parking Access and Road Widths
    • Transit Stops 
    • Procedures
    • Road Guidelines Graphics 
    • Road Setbacks and Widths Graphics 
    • Campus Road Hierarchy Map
  4. Bicycle Systems
    • Shared Roadways 
    • Bike Lanes
    • Shared Use Paths
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Bicycle Storage Areas
    • Bicycle Signage 
    • References
  5. Vegetation Systems
    • Landscape Character
    • Guidelines
    • Uses
    • Procedures
    • Maintenance 
    • Plant Lists 
  6. Site Furnishings
    • Guidelines
    • Benches
    • Trash Receptacles
    • Mailboxes and Book Drop Containers
    • Procedures 
  7. Site Lighting
    • Guidelines
    • Lighting Fixtures
    • Setbacks
    • Illuminance Values
    • Uniformity
    • Spacing
    • Procedures
  8. Signage
    • Sign Guidelines
    • Sign Classifications 
    • Procedures
  9. Paving
    • Paving Characteristics
  10. Site Work
    • Guidelines
    • Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
    • Slope Design and Treatment 
    • Environmentally Sensitive Streams
    • Procedures
  11. Parking
    • Guidelines
    • Parking Lots
    • Handicapped Accessibility
    • Parking Dimensions
    • Landscaping and Visual Screen Plantings
    • Motorcycle Parking
  12. Publications Referenced
  13. Acknowledgements

The Site Design Guidelines serve as a guide for all site and landscaping improvements on the Clemson campus and are to be used in the following ways:

  • To provide general direction for the design of campus improvements so that the concepts outlined in the Master Plan can be implemented with a certain degree of standardization maintaining a unified campus visual character.
  • The philosophy behind these guidelines is to provide design parameters in which creativity can flourish while maintaining overall campus planning objectives that reflect both broad philosophic principles and specific standards. 
  • As the basis for evaluation by the University Planning and Design Office and University Facilities for proposed changes to the physical environment.  As such, these guidelines will be instructive to architects, engineers, landscape architects, building committees and others involved in planning for change on the campus.

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