27 January 2003
INTRODUCTION. This facility will be a focal point of the local
community. It should be an open and inviting gathering place for service
BUILDING SITE. Special attention must be given to Anti-Terrorism
Force Protection (ATFP) as stipulated in UFC 4-010-01, DOD Minimum Anti-
Terrorism Standards for Buildings. The following factors should also be
Separation of Service Functions. Service functions such as
loading docks, maintenance yards, trash containers, on-grade mechanical
equipment and staff parking must be separated from the rest of the site by
architectural screening, landscaping, or grading.
Patron Circulation. Dining facilities have patrons arrive from
many directions. Attempt to identify the various access points, both pedestrian
and vehicular, and channel circulation to the entrance of the building. Encourage
smooth circulation by landscaping and paving complimentary to the building.
Entry circulation should begin as the patron enters the site and continues through
the interior of the facility.
Development of a Visual Image. Since the dining experience
represents a break in the patron's day, its environment should provide a visual
"break" as well. Therefore, the designer is encouraged to provide a change of
visual imagery from the purely functional environment, which characterizes a
service person's workplace. Exterior design guidelines for the architect will be
provided in the Base Exterior Architectural Plan (BEAP) for the Navy & Marine
Corps. Army design guidelines will be in the Installation Design Guide (IDG).
Air Force guidelines will be in the Architectural Compatibility Guide.
PATRON SPACES. The following issues are of special concern in
the design of dining facilities:
Separation of the Dining Area. The seating area represents the
conclusion of the process of arrival, queuing, identification, serving and payment.
To the extent possible, separate dining patrons from the congestion and
movement of arriving and departing patrons. To avoid congestion within the
dining facility, patron circulation space at dish drop off area should be as large as
Development of Architectural Character. Creation of interesting
plan areas, spatial volumes, and other design elements under the architect's
control should be considered as methods for the development of an interesting