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Major Room Use Definitions


Major Room Use CategoriesDefinition
100 Classroom FacilitiesAggregates classroom facilities as an institution-wide resource, even though these areas may fall under different levels of organizational control. The term "classroom" includes not only general purpose classrooms, but also lecture halls, recitation rooms, seminar rooms, and other rooms used primarily for scheduled nonlaboratory instruction. Also includes any support rooms that serve the classroom activity.
200 Teaching Laboratory FacilitiesA laboratory is a facility characterized by special purpose equipment or a specific room configuration which ties instructional activities to a particular discipline or a closely related group of disciplines. Teaching Laboratory facilities include class and open laboratories. A class laboratory is used for scheduled instruction. An open laboratory supports instruction but is not formally scheduled.
250 Research Laboratory FacilitiesA laboratory is a facility characterized by special purpose equipment or a specific room configuration which ties research activities to a particular discipline or a closely related group of disciplines. A research laboratory is used for research, experimentation, observation, research training, or structured creative activity which supports extension of a field of knowledge. Research Laboratory Facilities only includes Research Lab and Research Lab Service.
300 Office FacilitiesOffice facilities are individual, multi-person, or workstation space specifically assigned to academic, administrative, and service functions of a college or university. While some institutions may wish to classify all office space as Office (room use category 310), others may wish to differentiate academic, administrative, staff, secretarial, clerical, or student assistant offices, etc., by applying additional codes.
400 Study FacilitiesStudy spaces are classified into five categories: study room, stack, open-stack study room, processing room, and study service. A study room(room use category 410) may contain equipment or materials which aid the study or learning process (e.g., microcomputers, computer terminals, multimedia carrels, typewriters, records and tapes) and which do not restrict the room to a particular academic discipline or discipline group and may appear in almost any type of building on campus (e.g., academic, residential, student service). Stacks (room use category 420), Open-Stack Study Rooms (room use category 430), and Processing Rooms (room use category 440) are typically located in, but not limited to, central,branch, or departmental libraries. Offices used for library activities are coded as Office Facilities.
500 Special Use FacilitiesIncludes several room use categories that are sufficiently specialized in their primary activity or function to merit a unique room code. Areas and rooms for military training, athletic activity, physical education spaces, media production, clinical activities (outside of separately organized health care facilities), demonstration, agricultural field activities, animal and plant shelters are included here. Although many of these special use facilities provide service to other areas, their special use or configuration dictates that these areas not be coded as service rooms.
600 General Use FacilitiesGeneral use facilities are characterized by a broader availability to faculty, students, staff, or the public than are Special Use Facilities (500 series), which are typically limited to a small group or special population. General use facilities comprise a campus general service or functional support system (assembly, exhibition, dining, relaxation, merchandising, recreation, general meetings, day care) for the institutional and participant community populations.
700 Support FacilitiesSupport facilities, which provide centralized space for various auxiliary support systems and services of a campus, help keep all institutional programs and activities operational. While not as directly accessible to institutional and community members as General Use Facilities (600 series), these areas provide a continuous, indirect support system to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Support facilities are centralized in that they typically serve an area ranging from an entire building or organizational unit to the entire campus. Included are centralized areas for computer-based data processing and telecommunications, shop services, general storage and supply, vehicle storage, central services (e.g., printing and duplicating, mail, shipping and receiving, environmental testing or monitoring, laundry, or food stores), and hazardous materials areas.
800 Health Care FacilitiesThis series provides room use classifications for patient care rooms that are located in separately organized health care facilities: student infirmaries, teaching hospitals and clinics, and veterinary and medical schools. Room codes and definitions apply to both human and animal health care areas; excluded are clinic facilities located outside of separately organized health care facilities (see 540). Whereas the codes in this series are confined to the settings listed, these facilities usually house areas that are classified using applicable codes from the other use classification series (e.g., classroom, laboratory, office, special use, general use, supporting facilities, etc.
900 Residential FacilitiesResidential facilities include housing for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the institution. Hotel or motel and other guest facilities are included in this series if they are owned or controlled by the institution and used for purposes associated with defined institutional missions (i.e., excluding commercial investment).
000 Unclassified FacilitiesUnclassified facilities include those assignable areas that are inactive or unassigned; in the process of being altered, renovated, or converted; or in an unfinished state.
WWW Circulation AreaNonassignable spaces required for physical access to floors or subdivisions of space within the building, whether directly bounded by partitions or not.
XXX Building Service AreaNonassignable spaces used to support a building`s cleaning and public hygiene functions.
YYY Mechanical AreaNonassignable spaces of a building designed to house mechanical equipment and utility services, and shaft areas.