Installation Design Standards

Thursday April 5, 2007

What is it? As one of the Institutional Army Transformation initiatives, the Installation Design Standards (IDS) enables a roadmap for efficient, functional, secure and visually compatible physical environment conducive to attracting and retaining skilled and motivated personnel. It fosters 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. It improves predictability and quality of life for our Soldiers over the long term. Developed under the Army Facilities Standardization Program, the IDS is the repository of Army Standards (mandatory facility functional criteria) and Army Standard Designs (mandatory layout and mandatory design items) for key facility types. It covers site planning, buildings, circulation (vehicle and pedestrian movement), landscaping, site elements (signage, lighting, etc.), and force protection.

What has the Army done? The Army Facilities Standardization Program accomplishments for 2006 included the development and approval of two Army Standards:

- Operational Readiness Training Complexes
- Army Family Housing

On-going development efforts include:

- Army Standards for the Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities
- Brigade and Battalion Headquarters
- Division Command and Control Facilities
- Dining Facilities
- Fire Stations
- Basic Combat Training Barracks
- Advanced Individual Training Barracks
- Army Community Service Centers

Cooperative efforts with industry include adoption of industry standards for construction and sustainable design. The Army adopted the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver rating as the sustainable design policy for new construction.

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