DESIGN GUIDE: MUSIC AND DRAMA CENTERS
CHAPTER 2: ARMY PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM
4. What is the influence of operating costs, avail-
able staff, and staff skill emphases?
Finally, these considerations must be coordi-
nated with authorized funding, space allow-
ances, master plan designations, construction
This chapter deals with the first two stages
criteria, and Army-wide regulations required to
(predesign) of MDC Developmentdentifying
justify major command approval and Congres-
program needs and translating them to state-
ments of functional requirements. The final
product will be in the form of a Project Devel-
opment Brochure prepared by the using service.
As many people should be involved as can
meaningfully contribute to the question and an-
The program and planning process is an ex-
swer process, each representing a segment of
change between a facility's users and its design-
the community directly affected by the proposed
ers. The process enables the using service to
facility. Coordination of the process shall be the
make two kinds of statements: what it means to
responsibility of the installation MDC director,
do with its new facility, and what characteristics
assisted by the facilities engineer. All delibera-
it believes the facility must have to accomplish
tions and collected data should be carefully re-
that end. While it is important to have clear prior-
corded for later reference.
ities, restraint is urged in making critical judg-
ments until all potential elements are accounted
Initial planning questions include:
for. It is best to feel confident no useful contri-
bution or idea has been overlooked. Statements
1. ldentifying eligible population, its present and
of intent mean as much to an experienced de-
future needs in terms of the Morale Support
signer as descriptions of finite dimensions and
Activities (MSA) mission.
properties. Many of the characteristics sought by
2. How urgent are these needs?
the user in the early planning stages will change
as information and understanding grow. A part
3. What Performing Arts activities can answer
of the evaluation task consists of tracing the con-
them by building on the current program?
sequences of these changes so that the eventual
4. What opportunities and resources exist in the
design result is judged for approval in terms of
community and what may feasibly be
the last best statement of requirements.
The primary task is to lay out characteristics in
5. What by-product benefits might be spun off
order of importance. Trial values can then be
Performing Arts activity?
assigned using the contents of Chapters 3 and
6. Can existing physical plant and other assets
4. It will be found that some criteria are in con-
contribute to the project?
flict, and a decision will have to be made to com-
promise or to eliminate the lesser value.
7. To what extent can the civilian community
share in the support and benefits of the
Desired characteristics must be stated in a lan-
guage that can be translated to observable prop-
8. What are the unique aspects of the installa-
erties. Many requirements appear in every proj-
ect for which no common standard exists.
Qualities such as orderliness, liveliness, scale
and beauty are not readily verified or measured,
Having identified potential activities, consider:
but it is nonetheless wise to include them in the
1. What are their implications for developing
and reinforcing long term growth of program
2. What are the desirable characteristics of phys-
ical plant and building location?
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3. How can program needs be economically sat-
isfied without sacrifice of product quality?