1 January 2005
with change 25 October 2006
Emotional responses are, to a great extent, the product of color and its
character and quality as encountered within the environment. These responses are
influenced by the viewing conditions, the use of color on surrounding objects and
surfaces, and the size and relationships of these factors. Color can stimulate the
imagination and create, attract, and maintain interest. Handled knowledgeably,
imaginatively, and wisely, it is one of the most economical, yet psychologically satisfying
and successful elements of the interior environment.
Specification of proper furnishings is critical to the performance and
operational success of any facility. The standard criteria by which quality and
appropriateness may be evaluated include function, moveability, adjustability,
maintenance, durability, comfort, and cost.
The primary criteria document for the design of information technology areas
for USAR facilities is the paper "USAR Information Technology Requirements for
Military Construction Army Reserve." This paper prescribes area allocations and
equipment arrangements for USAR facilities based on their size.
Commercial Building Telecommunications Wiring Standard -TIA/EIA568-B:
The Design Agency should review the latest design standards for telecommunications
and fiber optic cabling and comply with TIA/EIA-568- B.1 "General Requirements",
TIA/EIA-568-B.2 "100 Ohm Balanced Twisted Pair Cabling", and TIA/EIA-568-B.3
"Optical Fiber Cabling Components." Cable shall be Category 6e to all phones and data
\ The Design Agency is responsible for designing and specifying a complete
telephone communications system, including handsets, to be fully operable at
completion of construction. The telephone switch shall be purchased with OMAR
In general, each workstation will require a telephone outlet, but not all
workstations will receive a telephone handset. The project documents prescribe the
number of handsets for the project.
The Design Agency is also responsible for designing and specifying LAN
cabling and conduit, termination blocks and equipment racks. LAN cabling should be
routed from the network operations center (NOC) to the IT hub rooms, and from the IT
hub rooms to individual workstations. The USAR Installation IT staff is responsible for
designing the facility LAN, and will provide input for cabling requirements.
In general, each workstation will require a data connection. No data cable run
should exceed 300 feet (100 meters) from a hub; the design must provide IT hub rooms
to comply with this requirement. (USAR CIO criteria suggest 150 feet (50 meters)
maximum run, but TIA/EIA criteria govern.) Hub rooms in multistory buildings should be