1 January 2005
with change 25 October 2006
Signage supported by site furnishings, plant materials and lighting provides
both immediate and subtle references to reinforce aspects of wayfinding at a facility.
Signs serve informational, interpretive, directional, and regulatory purposes. Visual
consistency, scale and clarity of organization promote a comprehensive esthetic at main
entry gates, facility and building entries, parking lots and along paths and roadways.
Utilities and infrastructure required for support of the landscape include
subsurface drainage to control hydrological aspects, water lines to address irrigation
mechanical systems needs, and gas and electrical lines to supply power to site
amenities that may be incorporated as part of a comprehensive site improvement
FIRe PROteCtIOn / LIFe sAFetY
3-4.1.1 Fire protection and life safety are paramount in the design of USAR facilities.
Consideration should be given to exceeding minimum requirements in certain
instances. For instance, NFPA 101 allows some exit corridors in fully-sprinkled buildings
to be built without one-hour ratings; the designer may wish to provide one-hour corridors
based on the size of the building, number of occupants, and ease of exit.
3-4.1.2 In order for a facility to be occupied by Department of Defense personnel, the
design and construction must meet specific requirements. The Government s primary
guidance on building codes, fire protection and life safety is UFC 1-200-01. Design and
construction of USAR real property improvements shall comply with UFC 1-200-01, and
shall comply with the specific applicable requirements of IBC, NFPA 101, UFC 3-600-01
and other codes and standards that are referenced in UFC 1-200-01.
3-4.1.3 Some State and local code and regulatory agencies may not have jurisdiction
over Federal Government construction on Federal Property. However, the USAR wishes
to comply with State and local codes and regulations, and the Exchange Partner
remains responsible for such compliance. Therefore, design and construction of USAR
real property improvements shall also comply with all current and applicable State and
local codes, and with all other applicable laws and regulations governing developments,
design and construction at the site. If certain of such requirements appear particularly
onerous, or hamper AR-required functionality of the project, the Exchange Partner may
recommend the Government waive the requirement or implement a lesser requirement.
The Government s approval of such recommendations is not assured.
3-4.1.4 Where any of the applicable requirements conflict, the most stringent shall
govern. In no case shall building code, fire protection and life safety requirements be
reduced below those required in UFC 1-200-01 and this document.
3-4.1.5 A comprehensive code analysis and drawing showing all fire protection
features is required for all USAR construction projects. The Design Agency shall give a
standardized format for completing and certifying the analysis and presentation of fire