Installation Design Standards

Monday August 7, 2006

What is it? As one of the Institutional Army Transformation initiatives, the Installation Design Standards (IDS) enables a roadmap for efficient, harmonious, secure and visually compatible physical environment conducive to attracting and retaining skilled and motivated personnel. They foster a culture of innovation through continuously improving living and working facilities and spaces by incorporating enhanced facilities standards and emerging technologies into everyday business practices. IDS improves predictability and quality of life for our Soldiers over the long term and contains Army Standards (mandatory facility functional criteria) and Army Standard Designs (notional layout and mandatory design items) for key facility types. These standards cover site planning, buildings, circulation (vehicle and pedestrian movement), landscaping, site elements (signage, lighting, etc.), and force protection.

What has the Army done? Army IDS accomplishments for 2005 included the development and approval of five Army Standards:

- Access Control Points
- General Instruction Buildings
- Lodging Facilities
- Child Development Centers
- Keyless Entry Systems

On-going development efforts include:

- The Army Standards for Operational Readiness Training Centers
- Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities
- Battalion/brigade Headquarters
- Command and Control Facilities
- Fire Stations, Basic Combat Training Barracks
- Advanced Individual Training Barracks
- Dining Facilities
- Community Service Centers
- Army Family Housing

Cooperative efforts with industry include adoption of industry standards for construction and Sustainable Design, as well as Army Standards for the Residential Communities Initiative.

For more additional information on Installation Design Standards

For more information on this and other topics see Addendum J in the Army Posture Statement.

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