The Conference/Classroom space type requires flexibility, durable finishes to anticipate maximum use, and integrated utility lines such as voice, data, and power to accommodate a variety of multimedia presentations and tele- and videoconferences. Typical features of Conference/Classroom space types include the list of applicable design objectives elements as outlined below. For a complete list and definitions of the design objectives within the context of whole building design, click on the titles below.
- Occupancy: Occupancy Group Classification is Business or Assembly A3, with sprinklered protected construction, and GSA Acoustical Class B1 space where meetings are held on a regular basis. See also WBDG Secure / Safe—Fire Protection.
- Integrated Technology: The Conference/Classroom is typically designed to accommodate a variety of audiovisual equipment, with special attention to acoustical separation from surrounding spaces.
The following building program is representative of Conference/Classroom space types.
CONFERENCE / CLASSROOM
Tenant Occupiable Areas
|Qty.||SF Each||Space Req'd.||Sum Actual SF||Tenant Usable Factor||Tenant USF|
|Attendee Toilets (Male)||1||120||120|
|Attendee Toilets (Female)||1||160||160|
| Break Lounge/Prefunction
|Large Lecture (seating 120)||2||1,200||2,400|
| Multiple Purpose Meeting
|Meeting Room Storage||3||60||180|
|Specialized Meeting Rooms||1,350|
| Computer Training Lab
|Tenant Usable Areas||10,661|
The following is representative of typical tenant plans.
Example Construction Criteria
Relevant Codes and Standards
The following agencies and organizations have developed codes and standards affecting the design of Conference/Classroom spaces. Note that the codes and standards are minimum requirements. Architects, engineers, and consultants should consider exceeding the applicable requirements whenever possible.
Organizations and Associations
- National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
- U.S. Access Board
- Classroom Acoustics—A supplement to the ADA and ABA guidelines that will address acoustics in classrooms.
- Architectural Graphic Standards, 12th Edition by American Institute of Architects, Dennis J. Hall. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016.