1 January 2005
with change 25 October 2006
The goal of the site and building planning process is to develop one or more
site/building concepts for a functional and efficient facility. In addition to meeting USAR
criteria and standards, the facility should fit well into the surrounding environment, and
accommodate existing and future development to the extent possible.
A wide variety of factors must be considered in the site and building planning
process; this Chapter identifies and discusses some of them. The Design Agency must
ensure that all appropriate factors are considered, including those that are specific to
the project site.
The two main documents submitted to the designer, prior to beginning design
for a facility, are the project documents (see 1-2.2.1) and this Guide. The project
documents lists the authorized spaces and their respective areas for a specific project.
This Guide provides design criteria and application guidelines which will be used in the
development of the project. Use of these two documents will help the designer to quickly
produce the schematic design and design development of the proposed facility.
DesIGn AnD ReGULAtORY CRIteRIA AnD tHeIR APPLICAtIOn
The Design Agency must become familiar with the following design and
regulatory criteria and apply them to the planning, and later the design process. It is
important that applicable criteria be identified early in the planning process to avoid
revisions being required at a later point. In cases where criteria are in conflict, the more
stringent criteria generally applies; questions concerning conflicting criteria should be
presented to the Using Service for resolution.
2-2.1.1 USAR Standards and Criteria:
Project Design Development
This Design Guide,
Modular Design Systems (see Chapter
3 for discussion of standard MDS
materials and systems), and
USAR Design Process and Submittal
2-2.1.2 Engineering, Design and Other