500 Special Use Facilities

General Special Use Codes comments: This category includes several rooms types which are sufficiently specialized in their primary activity, function, or design to merit a unique room code. Areas and rooms for centralized computer data processing and telecommunications, military training, athletic activity, media production, clinics (nonhealth), demonstration, agricultural field activities, animal quarters, and greenhouses are included here. Although many of these special use facilities provide service to other areas, their special use, design, or configuration dictates that these areas not be coded as service rooms.

Only non-I&R program codes are allowed to use some of the 500 room use codes, read the room use code carefully.


Data Value Name: CMPTR TCOM

Definition: A room which is used as a computer-based data processing or telecommunications centers with applications which are broad enough to serve the overall administrative and academic primary equipment needs of a central group of users, department, college, school, or entire institution.

Description: A central computer or telecommunications facility is often one of a group of rooms which constitute a center for delivering computer-based data processing or telecommunications services to various levels of user groups. Although the ongoing "primary activity" of this category is tied more closely to equipment than human activity, these areas require technical support staff and physical access may be restricted to these personnel. These central equipment rooms appear most frequently at the campus-wide and large organizational unit levels and are generally subject to environmental and security controls and procedures limiting users to electronic terminal, telephone, or modem access. Includes rooms housing a center's computer(s) (e.g., large mainframe, minicomputers, etc.), peripheral input (e.g., data entry terminals, input tape or disk drives, data-reading equipment, etc.), and output (e.g., printers, output tape or disk drives, etc.) devices. This category also includes rooms in a central computer complex which are primarily or exclusively dedicated to data or program code entry or job submissions through one or more terminals. Computer-based telecommunications equipment rooms, ranging from micro-driven LAN (local area) to the larger PBX (private branch) network centers, including rooms housing satellite signal reception or transmission equipment, should be assigned the 515 service code. This equipment may be dedicated to data, audio or telephone, video or any combination of these electronic transmissions.

Exclusions: Does not include computer facilities serving research facilities (225). Does not include office space (320) assigned to programmers, analysts, data entry personnel and other technical staff even though these rooms usually contain an access terminal. Also does not include teaching laboratories and study rooms equipped with personal computers or terminals (see 260, 261, 270, 410) or offices with data processing equipment used as office tools (310, 320). Personal computer or terminal work rooms and printer rooms which serve an office area should be coded as Office Service (335).


Data Value Name: CMPTR SERV

Definition: A room that directly serves a central computer or telecommunications facilities as an extension of the activities in that facility.

Description: Includes paper and forms storage, off-line tape and disk storage, separate control and console rooms or booths, tool and parts rooms, bursting and decollating rooms, areas used to store only inactive support equipment (e.g., multiplexers, modems, spoolers, etc.), and separate areas used for delivering tapes or picking up printouts. Also includes the repair and assembly rooms which directly serve the central computer or telecommunications.

Exclusions: Does not include office areas for personnel (e.g., technicians, analysts, programmers) assigned to the central computer facility (320), primary equipment (computer, I/O device) rooms (510), and office areas containing data processing or networking office service equipment or materials (310, 320). Also does not include rooms directly supporting study rooms (400 series) or laboratories (200 series) which contain special computer equipment used for study, instruction, or research. A non-office workroom containing a remote printer or data/job entry terminal which is part of an office area, and not the central computer facility, should be coded as Office Service (335). A printer serving a general purpose terminal room in a dormitory should be classified as Study Service (455).


Data Value Name: ATHLETICS

Definition: A room or area used by students, staff, or the public for athletic or physical education activities.

Description: Includes gymnasia, basketball courts, handball courts, squash courts, wrestling rooms, weight rooms, racquetball courts, indoor swimming pools, indoor putting areas, indoor tracks, indoor stadium fields, and fieldhouses. This category includes rooms used to teach dancing and bowling, only if they are part of a physical education instructional program.

Exclusions: This room use code does not distinguish instructional from intercollegiate or intramural use of these areas. Classroom (100 series), laboratory (200 series), office (300 series) and other primary room use types are coded as such, even though these areas may be located in an athletic or physical educational building. Includes permanent spectator indoor seating areas associated with athletic facilities. Outdoor (unenclosed) athletic areas, such as outdoor tennis and basketball courts, archery ranges, golf courses, and other outdoor fields, do not meet the definition of buildings, and therefore are nonassignable space. Recreational or amusement areas such as billiards rooms, game or arcade rooms, bowling alleys (non-instructional), table tennis rooms, ballrooms (non-instructional), chess and card playing rooms, and hobby and music listening areas (non-instructional) are classified as Recreation (620).


Data Value Name: ATHLET SRV

Definition: A room that directly services an athletic or physical educational facility as an extension of the activities in that facility.

Description: Includes locker rooms, shower rooms, non-office "coaches" rooms, ticket booths, dressing rooms, and rooms for equipment, supply, storage, first-aid, skate-sharpening, towels, etc.

Exclusions: Does not include public rest rooms which are nonassignable space. Rooms which directly serve offices, classrooms, laboratories, etc., are classified with the appropriate corresponding service code. Cashier's desks serving recreation facilities (620) are coded as Recreation Service (625). Central ticket outlets serving multiple facilities or services are coded as Merchandising (640).


Data Value Name: ARMORY

Definition: A room or area equipped or designed for use by Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and ancillary units.

Description: Rooms which are obviously designed or equipped for use in a military training or instructional program, such as indoor drill areas, indoor rifle ranges, and specially designed or equipped military science rooms, are included in this category. Ancillary units may include special rifle and drill teams.

Exclusions: Conventional room use types such as classrooms (110), seminar rooms (130), teaching laboratories (260, 261, 270), and offices (310, 320) are designated as such. Military supply and weapons rooms are coded as Armory Services (535).


Data Value Name: ARMORY SRV

Definition: A room that directly serves an armory facility as an extension of the activities in that facility.

Description: This category includes supply rooms, and military equipment storage rooms.

Exclusions: Rooms directly serving conventional primary activity areas are classified with the appropriate corresponding service code; e.g., classroom service (125), class laboratory service (265), open laboratory service (275), and office service (335).


Data Value Name: CLINIC

Definition: For use by "general campus" programs only. A room used for providing diagnosis, consultation, treatment or other services to patients or clients in facilities other than those separately organized health care facilities related to medicine or student health care.

Description: Includes patient or client examination rooms, testing rooms, and consultation rooms. Clinics are typically associated with such educational areas as psychology, law, speech, hearing, and similar areas.

Exclusions: Does not include clinics associated with student health care, or clinics for the medical treatment of humans (see 800 series).


Data Value Name: CLINIC SRV

Definition: A room that directly serves a clinic facility as an extension of the activities in that facility.

Description: Includes waiting rooms, observation rooms, control rooms, records rooms, equipment issue rooms, instrument rooms, and similar supporting rooms.

Exclusions: Does not include rooms which serve health care facilities (800). Also does not include first-aid treatment rooms that serve other primary activity areas (e.g., 525-Athletic Service, 675-Day Care Service).


Data Value Name: DEMONSTRN

Definition: A room or group of rooms used to practice, within an instructional program, the principles of certain disciplines such as teaching, child care or development, or home management or economics.

Description: The key criterion here is practice activity within an instructional program which closely simulates a real-world or occupational setting. These facilities support the training of the college-level students involved as (certified) teachers. Includes demonstration day care and development centers, laboratory schools, and home economics or management houses, when these facilities are used for practice as a part of collegiate training or instruction.

Exclusions: Does not include day care and development centers which are not used as part of an instructional program (670). This category also does not include laboratories (see 200 series) that are used for direct delivery of instruction as opposed to practice. Demonstration schools, laboratory schools, day care centers, and home management houses in which students serve as the subjects for a research study are coded as Research Laboratory or Studio (210) or Research Office (211).


Data Value Name: DEMO SERV

Definition: A room that directly serves a demonstration facility as an extension of the activities in that facility.

Description: Includes facilities generally called storerooms, pantries, etc., in a home-demonstration facility, and kitchens, lockers, shower rooms, etc., in a laboratory school. Similar support rooms which directly serve primary care and training areas in a demonstration day care center (550) are included in this category.

Exclusions: Generally, the primary activity areas -- such as kitchen, dining room, living room (in a home-demonstration house), or classrooms, laboratories, gymnasia that serve nursery, elementary, or secondary school students (in a laboratory school) -- should be designated as Demonstration (550). Primary care and training areas in a day care center are also Demonstration (550) rooms. Kitchen and food preparation rooms in a demonstration day care facility are classified as service areas (555). Eating or break rooms for staff in demonstration day care centers are classified as service areas (555); eating or training rooms for children are classified as primary activity areas (550).


Data Value Name: MEDIA PROD

Definition: A room for the production or distribution of multi-media materials or signals.

Description: Includes rooms generally called TV studios, radio studios, sound studios, photo studios, video or audio cassette and software production or distribution rooms, and media centers. These rooms have a clearly defined production or distribution function that serves a broader area (e.g., department, entire campus) than would a typical service room.

Exclusions: Does not include rooms which merely store media materials and equipment. Such rooms would be coded as Media Production Service (565) if serving the primary production or distribution room (560), or the appropriate service category for the room(s) they serve. Radio or TV broadcasting areas and other media rooms used for teaching broadcasting to students for instructional purposes should be classified as teaching laboratories (260, 261, 270). This classification also does not include centralized computer-based data processing and telecommunications equipment facilities (see 510).


Data Value Name: MEDIA SERV

Definition: A room that directly serves a media production room as an extension of the activities in that facility.

Description: The primary criterion here is that the room should serve a media production or distribution room and not another primary activity room. Examples include film, tape, or cassette libraries or storage areas; media equipment storage rooms; recording rooms; engineering maintenance rooms; darkrooms; preparation rooms; studio control booths; and other support areas which specifically serve a media production or origination room (560).

Exclusions: Those rooms containing media materials, equipment or operations which serve a primary activity room other than a Media Production Room (560) should take the appropriate corresponding service code.


Data Value Name: FIELD BLDG

Definition: A barn or similar agricultural structure used for animal shelters or for the handling, storage, or protection of farm products, supplies, vehicles, and implements.

Description: Includes barns, animal and poultry shelters, sheds, silos, feed units, and hay storage. Structures are typically of light-frame construction with unfinished interiors and are frequently located outside the central campus area. Also includes storage space for farm vehicles and implements. Service areas which support field buildings are classified within this category.

Exclusions: Animal quarters directly supporting research or instructional laboratories should be coded as Animal Quarters (580). The primary distinction between field buildings and animal quarters (580) is that animal quarters typically are subject to the rules and regulations of agencies regarding the care and use of laboratory animals (e.g., AAALAC requirements). Does not include buildings which house non-agriculture or non-farm related vehicles (see 750). Does not include athletic fieldhouses (525) or central campus or chemical storage areas (765).


Data Value Name: ANIM QTRS

Definition: A room that houses laboratory animals used for research or instructional purposes.

Description: Includes animal rooms, cage rooms, stalls, wards, and similar rooms used for the holding, feeding, or housing of animals which are used for instruction and research. Includes rooms generally referred to as vivaria, apiaries, aviaries, aquaria, animal holding rooms, etc.

Exclusions: Animal Quarters are typically subject to the rules and regulations of agencies regarding the care and use of laboratory animals (e.g., AAALAC requirements). Does not include areas for treatment of veterinary patient animals (see 800 series). Does not include agricultural field buildings sheltering animals which do not directly support instruction or research (570).


Data Value Name: ANIM Q SRV

Definition: A room that directly serves an animal quarters facility as an extension of the activities in that facility.

Description: Includes feed storage rooms, feed mixing rooms, cage washing rooms, non-patient surgery rooms, casting rooms or instrument rooms.

Exclusions: Does not include areas that directly serve facilities used for the treatment of veterinary patient animals (see 800 series).


Data Value Name: GREENHOUSE

Definition: A building or room, usually composed chiefly of glass, plastic, or other light-transmitting material, which is used for the cultivation or protection of plants or seedlings for research, instructional, or campus physical maintenance or improvement purposes.

Description: The primary criterion here is the combination of structural design as a greenhouse and the use for cultivation or protection. An example would be a greenhouse that serves as a laboratory or service area for a botany or vocational (e.g., horticulture) educational program.

Exclusions: Greenhouses which are not used for plant cultivation or protection should be classified according to specific use; e.g., a greenhouse used for central storage should be coded as Storage-General and Research (720).

Stations to be reported: None


Data Value Name: GREENHS SV

Definition: A room that directly serves a greenhouse facility as an extension of the activities in that facility.

Description: Includes equipment or materials storage areas and rooms generally called headhouses.

Exclusions: Excludes storage areas which do not directly serve greenhouses.