Chapter 6 State Requirements for Educational Facilities Section 6.1
Size of Space and Occupant Design Criteria: All boards shall use the Size of Space and Occupant Design Criteria contained in this section for planning new and evaluating existing educational, auxiliary, and ancillary facilities.
Procedures for Use of Size of Space and Occupant Design Criteria:
(1) Boards, including the School Boards, Community College Boards of Trustees, University Boards of Trustees, Board of Governors, and public broadcasting stations may use the size of space and occupant design criteria contained in this section to develop educational specifications and user requirements for use by designers in the development of phase I, II, and III documents.
(2) In all the Size of Space and Occupant Design Criteria tables, the square footage is provided for the convenience of selecting a nominal size.
In Table (A) for Public Schools and Vocational-Technical Schools, the indicators for Grade Level are: "N" for nursery, "P" for preschool, "K" for kindergarten, "1-12" for grades one through twelve, and "PS" for postsecondary vocational programs. Instructional spaces that contain student stations are marked with an asterisk (*).
In Table (B) for Community Colleges, the Information Classification Structure (ICS) Code identifies the type of program or function associated with a given set of spaces. The same ICS Codes are used in the Room Inventory of the Community College Facilities Inventory.
In Table (C) for State Universities, the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code identifies the particular academic discipline associated with various classroom, teaching laboratory, and research laboratory spaces.
(3) When using the Size of Space and Occupant Design Criteria tables to calculate net square footage, the following procedure may be used. Select the desired facility space. For some facility spaces, the recommended range of sizes is listed to the right.
For most non-core curricula classroom facility spaces, the recommended size depends on the number of occupants, or other kind of unit, the facility space needs to house. In these cases, the number of occupants, or other unit, is multiplied by the square feet per occupant or unit to get the size of the main space. Core-curricula classrooms are assigned student stations based on the type classroom.
Related spaces are suggested for many facility spaces. They are indicated by FISH (Florida Inventory of School Houses) codes for Public Schools and Vocational-Technical Schools, and by alphanumeric codes for Community Colleges and State Universities. The codes are shown in the rightmost column. They are used to look up the names and sizes of the related spaces, which are found at the end of Table (A) for Public Schools and Vocational-Technical Schools and in the separate Table (D) Related Spaces for Community Colleges and State Universities. The square footages for the related spaces are added to the size of the main space to get the total net square footage for the program.
(4) Once program net square footages are determined, other building space may be estimated as follows:
The aggregate amount of program net square footage may be increased up to six (6) percent for interior enclosed space needed for electrical, mechanical, and HVAC equipment. The result is total net square footage for the building.
The square footage for groupings of instructional spaces without fixed seating and without floor-to-
ceiling walls may be enlarged by four (4) additional square feet per student for circulation space. This additional circulation space should be excluded from the building net square footage amount used to figure the net-to-gross difference explained below.
The total building net square footage may be supplemented for general circulation, interior and exterior walls, open malls, and roof overhangs. The additional space is the net-to-gross square footage difference for the building. The recommended amounts are as follows:
(a) Elementary school (grades N-6): twenty-seven (27) percent of building net square footage.
(b) Middle school (grades 6-9): thirty-two (32) percent of building net square footage.
(c) High school (grades 9-12): thirty-four (34) percent of building net square footage.
(d) Community college, state university, ancillary, and public broadcasting: thirty-four (34) percent of building net square footage.
Refer to the Facility Space Chart (OEF Form 208A, which is a supplement to OEF Form 208, Letter of Transmittal) following these tables, for methods of measuring and calculating net square footage, net-to-gross difference square footage, and gross square footage.
(5) Five Size of Space and Occupant Design Criteria tables are provided.
Table (A) Public School, Vocational-Technical, and Related Spaces for Public Schools and Vocational-Technical Schools.
Table (B) Community Colleges.
Table (C) State Universities.
Table (D) Related Spaces for Community Colleges and State Universities.
Table (E) Public Broadcasting Stations.
(6) For exiting requirements, refer to Florida Building Code and NFPA 101 (National Fire Protection Association).
District school boards have the option to continue an interlocal agreement that was developed utilizing data from the Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) as of October 1, 2004. After the expiration date, a new interlocal agreement will be required based on up-to-date FISH data.
(8) For each change in any educational facilities space that results in an increase or decrease in net square footage of the space, student stations, the actual design of a space, or the condition of a space, school districts shall report the change as follows:
(a) The facilities inventory shall be corrected by submitting on-line transactions through the Educational Facilities Information System (EFIS).
(b) A district’s facilities inventory shall be corrected when new additions or remodeling occurs, during a validation study, or other event that causes or results in a change in square footage, student stations, design of a facilities space, or the condition of a facilities space.
1. New construction shall be added to the facilities inventory when a construction contract is issued.
2. Areas that are scheduled to undergo remodeling shall be updated in the inventory when a construction contract is issued.
3. When a remodeling project is conducted by district staff, the inventory shall be updated when the project is substantially completed.
(c) Prior to October 1 of each year, each district shall review the Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) and shall certify to the Office of Educational Facilities that the inventory is current and accurate.
1. GENERAL EDUCATION SPACE (N-12) a. Core-curricula 001 PK-3 Primary *18 1 49 808, 811, 813, 814
NOTE: All fund sources that require an approved survey recommendation and compliance with the cost per student station as specified in F.S. 1013.64(6)(b)1, must not exceed the specified cost per student station based on the maximum allowable NSF per student station for the total project. The cost per student station maximum does not apply to projects with a fund source that is not regulated by an approved survey recommendation and the student station cost maximums established in F.S. 1013.64(6)(b)1.
b. Non-Core-Curricula Instructional Support 040 PK‑12 Resource Room *10 1 29 808
(1 per each 150 stations in elementary schools and
(use for spaces not found in design codes 840-870)
Note 1: Related and select spaces may be added or deleted based on the unique vocational program needs as supported by enrollment, projections, COFTE, and other data. See AVocational Recommended Spaces@ crosswalk for individual program recommendations provided by the Office of Workforce and Economic Development.
Note 2: As per Section 1013.31, F.S., the Office of Workforce and Economic Development shall establish and transmit to the Office documentation of the need for programs.
Capacity: The number of students that may be housed in a facility at any given time based on a utilization percentage of the total number of existing satisfactory student stations:
Type SchoolPercentage Stations
Elementary 100% All
Middle & Junior High 90% All
Senior High 70% 300 or less
75% 301 - 600
80% 601 - 900
85% 901 - 1200
90% 1201 - 1500
95% 1501 - or more
Combination Schools 90% All
Exceptional Student Centers 100% All
Alternative Education Centers 100% All
Designated Area Vocational Centers 120% All
Designated Adult Centers 150% All
Note 3: Adult and Vocational Centers have increased utilization factors because of specialized day, evening, and weekend use of facilities.
3. AUXILIARY SPACE (N‑PS) a. Administration/Student Services
300 N‑PS Principal's/Director's Office each 250
301 N‑PS Assistant Principal/Media/Administrative/ each 175
302 N‑PS Bookkeeping Office each 125
303 N‑PS Secretarial Space each 158
304 N‑PS General Administrative Reception Area 5% cap 17
305 N‑PS Production Workroom 5% cap 8
306 N‑PS Conference Room 5% cap 14
307 N‑PS Clinic 5% cap 6
308 N‑PS Administrative Storage 5% cap 10
309 N‑PS Records Vault/Student Records 5% cap 6
310 N‑PS School Store 5% cap 2
311 N‑PS Student Activities Area 5% cap 10
312 N‑PS Computer Area 5% cap 3
313 N‑PS Careers Room 5% cap 6
314 N‑PS Itinerant Office (one per each 400 stations) each 125
315 N‑PS Teacher Planning Office 10% cap 20
316 N‑PS Teacher Lounge/Dining 10% cap 4
317# N‑PS General Administrative Space
(use for spaces not found in design codes 800-827
b. Custodial 330 N‑PS Custodial Receiving 10% cap 15
331# N‑PS Service Closets
332# N‑PS Work Area
333 N‑PS Flammable Storage one 155
334 N‑PS Equipment Storage one 500
c. Food Service 340 N‑PS Dining Area 10% cap 40
(use for spaces not found in design codes 800-827)
351 6-12 Covered Patio 10% cap 36
d. Auditorium (cannot be included with multipurpose room)
360 6‑PS Auditorium Seating 10% cap 30
e. Multipurpose (cannot be included with auditorium)
361 N‑PS Multipurpose Room 10% cap 31
362 N‑PS Chair Storage 10% cap 2
f. Stage 363 N‑PS Stage attached to auditorium, multi- one 990
purpose, gym, or dining
364 N‑PS Storage 10% cap 5
365 N‑PS Dressing ‑ Male 5% cap 5
366 N‑PS Dressing ‑ Female 5% cap 5
367 N‑PS Control Booth/Projection Room one 100
g. Textbook Storage 368 N‑PS Textbook Storage Area 5% cap 7
h. Student Storage 369 6‑PS Student Personal Storage 10% cap 5
i. Public Use
(With Auditorium and/or Gymnasium per school)
370 6‑PS Lobby 5% cap 10
371 6‑PS Concessions one 200
372 6‑PS Ticket Booth one 30
j. School Media Center
380 P‑PS Reading Room/Stacks 10% cap 37
381 P‑PS Technical Processing Area 10% cap 4
382 P‑PS Production & Professional Library 10% cap 4
383 P‑PS AV Storage Area 10% cap 6
384 P‑PS Periodical Storage Area 10% cap 2
385 P‑PS Closed Circuit TV (Production, 10% cap 7
Distribution, and Control)
386 P‑PS Closed Circuit Storage Area 10% cap 5
387 P‑PS Media Production Laboratory 10% cap 5
388 P‑PS Copying Room 10% cap 2
389 P‑PS Small Group Room (view & preview) 5% cap 2
390 P‑PS Group Projects and Instruction 10% cap 5
391 P‑PS Media Maintenance and Repair 5% cap 2
4. ANCILLARY SPACE (DISTRICT) Total Ancillary Allocation = Survey Projected COFTE x NSF Factor
0 - 10,000 6.00
10,001 - 20,000 5.75
20.000 - 30,000 5.50
30,001 - 50,000 5.25
50,001 - 100,000 5.00
100,001 - 200,000 4.75
200,001 - 600,000 4.50
a. Ancillary Administrative Support (38%)
NSF allocated for ancillary administrative support is to be distributed by the district among design codes 400-415 and 417-428.
400 Superintendent 200
428# Other Ancillary Administrative Support
b. Ancillary Custodial Services (2%)
NSF allocated for ancillary custodial services is to be distributed by the district for design code 416.
416 Custodial Services
c. Ancillary Computer/Data Center (2%)
NSF allocated for ancillary computer/data centers is to be distributed by the district among design codes 500-506.
500 Programmer Room
501 Data Processing Technical Area
502 Data Processing Equipment
503 Computer Room (Raised Floor)
504 Off‑Line Equipment Room
505 Ancillary Computer Storage
506# Other Central Equipment Support
d. Ancillary Support Facilities (50%)
NSF allocated for ancillary support facilities is to be distributed by the district among design codes 510-594.