600 General Use Facilities

General Use Codes comments: General use facilities are characterized by a broader availability to faculty, students, staff, or the public than are special use areas (500 series), which are typically limited to a small group or special population. Together, general use facilities comprise a campus general service or functional support system (food facilities, recreation, relaxation, merchandising, assembly, exhibits, day care) for the institutional and participant community populations. With the exception of assembly facilities (650, 655), general use facilities are not available for assignment to rooms in departments in instructional programs.

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: FOOD FACIL

Definition: A room used for eating.

Description: Includes dining halls, cafeterias, snack bars, restaurants, and similar eating areas, including such areas in residence halls, faculty clubs, etc. This category includes facilities open to students, faculty, staff, or the public at large. The primary distinction of a food facility area (610) is the availability of some form of accommodation (seating, counters, tables) for eating and drinking. This is, therefore, an area intended for the actual consumption of food and drink. Vending areas with seating, counters, or tables are included in this category.

Exclusions: Vending areas not provided with seating, counters, or tables are coded as Merchandising (640) or the appropriate service code if the vending directly supports or is adjacent to a specific room for consuming the products (e.g., a 615-vending room serving a 610-dining hall).  Lounges or commons areas (630 or 252 for instructional departments) with vending machines that are incidental to the primary use of the room (i.e., relaxation) are coded as part of the lounge, if within the room, or as Commons Service (635) if separate from and directly supporting the main lounge facility (see 630). Break rooms serving specific office areas are coded as Office Service (335). Eating rooms for children in demonstration or day care facilities are classified as primary activity categories within these respective areas (see 550-Demonstration or 670-Day Care). Staff-only eating or break rooms in these facilities are classified as service areas (555, 675).


Data Value Name: FOOD SERV

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

Description: Includes kitchens and preparation areas, cold storage and freezer refrigeration rooms, dishwashing rooms, food serving areas, cleaning areas, etc. Includes vending areas which directly serve food facilities, as well as vending rooms adjacent to an eating area.

Exclusions: Does not include any type of food preparation room which does not serve a food facility or eating area (610). Kitchenettes in residence facilities which do not serve a dining area are coded as Residential Service (920). Service areas for vending rooms (640) are coded as Merchandising Service (645). Kitchens and food preparation areas in demonstration or day care facilities are classified as service areas to those facilities (see 555, 675).


Data Value Name: RECREATION

Definition: A room used by students, staff, or the public for recreational purposes.

Description: Includes billiards rooms, game and arcade rooms, bowling alleys, table tennis rooms, dance or ballrooms, chess rooms, card-playing rooms, hobby rooms, TV rooms, reading (non-study) rooms, and music listening rooms which are used for recreation and amusement and not for instructional purposes. Recreation rooms and areas are used for relaxing, amusement-type activity, whereas athletic or physical education facilities (520) are typically used for the more vigorous pursuits within physical education, intercollegiate athletic, and intramural programs.

Exclusions: Does not include gymnasia, basketball courts, weight rooms, racquetball courts, handball courts, squash courts, wrestling rooms, indoor swimming pools, indoor tracks, indoor stadium fields, indoor golf, or other areas primarily used for physical education or intramural or intercollegiate athletic activities (520). Outdoor athletic and physical education fields, courts, and other unenclosed areas are also excluded because they are not building space. This category also does not include bowling alleys, dance rooms, or any other activity areas which are primarily used for instruction. Reading or media use rooms which are designed and intended as scholarly activity (250) or study rooms (410) are also excluded from this category.


Data Value Name: RECREAT SV

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

Description: Includes storage rooms, closets, equipment issue rooms, cashiers' desks, and other support areas which directly serve a recreation facility (620).

Exclusions: Does not include kitchens, snack bars, or other food facilities (610) and food facility service (615) areas. Locker rooms, shower rooms, ticket booths, dressing rooms, equipment rooms, and other areas directly serving athletic and physical education facilities (520) are classified as service rooms (525) to those facilities. Central ticket outlets serving multiple facilities or services are classified as Merchandising (640).


Data Value Name: COMMONS

Definition: A room used for rest and relaxation which is not restricted to a specific group of people, unit, or area, and which may be used for informal discussions and gatherings.

Description: A commons or lounge facility is typically equipped with upholstered furniture, draperies, or carpeting, and may include vending machines. A commons area (630) differs from an office area or "break room" lounge (335) or conference room (340) by virtue of its public availability and informal function. If a room is open for use by people visiting or passing through a building or area, it is coded as Commons (630). Such a room may have vending machines if the primary use of the room is rest, relaxation, or informal socializing and not for eating (610). Includes living rooms in residence halls.

Exclusions: Rooms coded as Scholarly Activity (250), located in instructional programs are excluded from the category of Commons. A commons area (630) is distinguished from a conference room (340) by its more informal function of rest, relaxation or casual interaction, and its general public availability. A lounge area (a.k.a. "cot room") associated with a public rest room is not assignable space. A room devoted to vending machines without seating, counters or tables for local food or drink consumption is classified as Merchandising (640). A lounge which directly serves a specific or restricted area is classified by the appropriate corresponding service code; e.g., a lounge serving an assembly facility is classified Assembly Service (655). Separate waiting rooms in other than health care facilities are classified with the appropriate service code according to the room or area they serve. A receptionist room which includes a small waiting area should be classified as Other Office (320).


Data Value Name: COMMONS SV

Definition: A room that directly serves a general use commons or lounge facility.

Description: Includes kitchenettes, storage areas, and vending rooms which directly serve a general use lounge or commons facility (630).

Exclusions: This category does not include kitchenettes, storage rooms, and small vending areas which directly serve other room use types; e.g., a small vending area serving a dining hall eating area should be classified as Food Facility Service (615).


Data Value Name: MERCHANDIS

Definition: A room used to sell products or services.

Description: Includes product and service sales areas such as bookstores, student supply stores, campus food stores, walk-away vending machine rooms, and central ticket outlets serving multiple facilities or activities.

Exclusions: Does not include dining rooms, restaurants, snack bars, and similar food facilities (610). A vending machine room which directly serves a dining, lounge, or such area is classified with the appropriate service code, whereas a vending machine area within a general use lounge is included in the Commons (630) space. Vending areas that include seating, counters, or tables are classified as Food Facility (610). Cashier's desks which serve a specific recreational facility or area are classified as service space for that area (625).


Data Value Name: MERCH SERV

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

Description: Includes storage rooms and closets, sorting rooms, private rest rooms, and other support rooms if they directly serve a merchandising facility.

Exclusions: Storage rooms, sorting rooms, and private rest rooms which do not serve a merchandising area should be classified using the appropriate service code for the corresponding room use type.


Data Value Name: ASSEMBLY

Definition: A room designed and equipped for the assembly of many persons for such events as dramatic, musical, dance, or commencement activities.

Description: Includes theaters, auditoria, concert halls, and arenas, which are used primarily for general presentations (speakers), and performances (dramatic, musical, dance), rather than for instruction as the primary function. Seating areas, orchestra pits, chancels, arenas, aisles, and stages (if not used primarily for instruction) are included in and usually aggregated into the assembly space.

Exclusions: Stage areas used primarily for instruction or practice (dance, music, drama) are typically coded separately as Open Laboratory (270). Assembly facilities which are used primarily as instructional lecture halls are classified as classroom (110) space.

Stations to be reported: The normal audience seating capacity of the area.


Data Value Name: ASMBLY SRV

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

Description: Includes check rooms, coat rooms, ticket booths, dressing rooms, projection booths, property storage, makeup rooms, costume storage, green rooms, multi-media and telecommunications control rooms, etc.

Exclusions: Entrance lobbies and other circulation areas surrounding or adjacent to the outside of the primary assembly room are non-assignable (circulation) space. A concession stand in an assembly facility is classified as Merchandising (640). Lounge areas which are remote from the assembly area within an assembly facility are classified by the appropriate service code; e.g., Assembly Service (655) or as primary Commons (630) space.


Data Value Name: EXHIBIT

Definition: A room or area used for exhibition of materials, works of art, artifacts, etc., and intended for general use by faculty, students, staff, and the public.

Description: Includes institution-wide museums, galleries, and similar exhibition areas which are used to display materials and items for viewing by both the institutional population and the public.

Exclusions: Displays and exhibits by departments in instructional programs that are intended for use by students and faculty for the purpose of study and informal instruction are coded as Scholarly Activity (250). Excludes departmental displays (e.g., anthropological, botanical, or geological specimens) which should be classified as laboratory or laboratory service or Scholarly Activity. Does not include bulletin boards and similar temporary or incidental displays in hallways. Also does not include collections of educational materials in central campus or branch libraries, regardless of form or type (e.g., books, tapes, plant specimens, soils collections), which are a study resource as opposed to an exhibition use.


Data Value Name: EXHIBIT SV

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

Description: Includes preparation workrooms, storage rooms, vaults, etc. which serve general exhibition areas (660).

Exclusions: Research area in museums are classified as Research Laboratory (210) or Research Laboratory Service (225). Service areas for displays which are part of an instructional program are classified as Classroom Service (125) or laboratory service (265, 275) areas.


Data Value Name: DAY CARE

Definition: A room used to provide day or night child or elderly adult care as a non-medical service to members of the campus community.

Description: Includes all primary activity rooms which provide oversight, supervision, developmental training, and general personal care for assigned children; e.g., play areas, non-staff eating areas, and child training rooms. This type of facility serves as a central service center for faculty, staff, and students with members of the community being served as needed. This is not a medical care facility; i.e., medical attention is strictly limited to maintaining prescribed medication schedules and providing first aid in case of accident.

Exclusions: Does not include those rooms typically used as service rooms (675); e.g., storage rooms, closets, and pantries. This category also does not include demonstration houses or facilities with a primary function of providing practice as part of the instructional process (550). Also excluded from this category are those service areas classified as Central Service (760), and laboratories (200 series) which directly support instruction (e.g., early childhood education).


Data Value Name: DAY CAR SV

Definition: A room that directly serves a primary activity room in a day care facility as an extension of the activities in that room.

Description: Includes storage rooms, closets, kitchens, pantries, private or staff rest rooms, and other typical service rooms which support a primary activity area.

Exclusions: Does not include those rooms where primary day care activities are conducted; e.g., child training rooms, playrooms (670). Rest rooms designed for child training should be coded 670; staff-only rest rooms should be coded 675. Kitchen or food preparation areas in a day care facility are classified as service (675) areas. Staff eating or break areas should be coded 675, whereas eating or training areas for children are classified as primary activity (670) space. Staff office areas should be coded as Other Office (320).