Design Review

EHS participates in Design Review, reviewing plans to ensure facilities are designed and constructed to meet established safety and environmental regulations and best practices. This review is accomplished through the Technical Review Team.

Technical Review Team (TRT)

The PMCS Technical Review Team (TRT) was implemented in early 2015 as part of a larger effort, approved by the Vice President of University Operations (now Financial and Administrative Services), to:

  • Update the UT Design and Construction Standards.
  • Ensure all projects meet or exceed our standards on the UT Austin main campus, as well as any other sites maintained by UT Austin.
  • Create a technical review group within PMCS (TRT) and implement a process to efficiently and effectively route technical reviews (TRT Portal).

The TRT is considered a team member on all projects, providing expertise and guidance from design through construction documents.  Successful project delivery is a shared goal through these objectives:

  • Provide technical guidance early in the design phase, which can minimize issues later in the design process
  • Review design options
  • Clarify codes and/or standards from UT’s perspective
  • Participate in site visits and meetings, as needed
  • Communicate directly with PSPs, as requested by the PM, to clarify complex issues

EHS has a dedicated member on this team that is located in the PMCS offices. The EHS Project Manager serves as a single point of contact for University project design reviews. Upon receipt of review documents, the project manager performs a preliminary review, identifying topics of concern. The project manager then meets with individual departmental subject matter experts to draft comments that are then part of the technical review and returned to the design project manager.