Master Municipal Construction Documents Association

Design Guidelines

The Design Guideline Manual provides a standardized set of guidelines that can be adopted by municipalities and other agencies involved with design and construction of municipal infrastructure.

The Design Guideline Manual includes:

  • Alternative criteria relating to field conditions, climate, development standards and development density.
  • Design criteria variations that may be adopted by various agencies in the form of Supplementary Design Guidelines, which supersede the guidelines contained in this manual.
  • The contents of the manual are intended to complement MMCD Specifications and Standard Detailed Drawings.

This manual is not intended as a substitute for sound engineering knowledge and experience. It is the designer’s responsibility to exercise professional judgment on technical matters in the best interests of the owners and users of the infrastructure. Standards contained in these guidelines are provided to assist in making these judgments, but should not be used as a substitute.

Because the standards are general they do not, and cannot, cover all particular cases.

Green Design Guidelines

The Green Design Guidelines (2005 edition) have been incorporated, updated and expanded in Chapter 8 of the 2014 MMCD Design Guideline Manual.

Some practices and design approaches have the potential to support sustainable development at the local government level. The decision to employ these supplementary practices remains with the design professional. However, the Design Guidelines Sustainability Considerations explore potential decision factors that may influence the choice of enhanced sustainability measures in the contract documents.

The 2014 Design Guideline Manual makes extensive use of links to source documents and document libraries where reference material may be examined, or purchased from source. This is a potential timesaver for the designer when researching sustainability practices.

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