Volume 19, Issue 4 (July 1991)
Time-Saver Standards for Building Types: 3rd Edition
The 1st Edition of Time-Saver Standards for Building Types has been an important part of my professional library since its publication in 1973. As stated in its preface: “It is intended to give basic design criteria for each major type of building. It will give those unfamiliar with a specific building type a talking or working knowledge of its functions, organization, and major components.” Over the years, I have referred to Time-Saver frequently for planning and design guidelines for building types such as gymnasiums, airport terminals, and police stations. But as the 1st Edition is now 17 years old and much of it is based on other even older versions of Time-Saver Standards, I have begunto find the book inadequate for contemporary design practice.The past two decades have been a period of profound change for building planning and design. Many building requirements have changed and entire new categories of buildings have evolved. It was with enthusiasm that I looked forward to the 3rd Edition; which the publisher promised would be “revised, expanded, and completely brought up to date.” I am greatly disappointed with the result. While the 3rd Edition has been expanded to approximately 1400 pages, nearly a third more than the 1st Edition, little of the original material has been revised and the updating has been insufficient.