Design Guide: Recreation Centers Foreword January 1976
The Design Guide (DG) series has been established to replace selected material previously
issued under the standard design medium by the Engineering Division, Military
Construction Directorate, Office of the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army.
This guide governs design of Army Recreation Centers. The Army program for Recreation
Centers is contained in AR-28-1. Recreation Centers support the mission of the Army
Recreation Services by providing professionally planned social, cultural, educational,
amusive and information services which are responsive to the leisure needs of the Army
This guide states basic planning and design considerations, criteria, and spatial
organization principles, and illustrates how the guidance can be applied to respond to
different requirements. This guide is applicable to all new construction projects for Army
Recreation Centers and projects involving modernization of existing facilities.
Detailed development of this guide was under the direction of the Special Projects
Section, Structures Branch, of the Engineering Division. Major parts of the material
contained herein are based on the results of an architectural services contract with the
firm of Hartman-Cox Architects, Washington, DC, and their consulting firm,
Environmental Research Group, Philadelphia, Pa., under Contract No. DACA-73-73-C-
0007. The functional requirements in this guide have been developed in conjunction with,
and approved by, the U.S. Army Recreation Services Office in the Office of the Adjutant
Distribution of this guide is limited. Additional essential copies are available from the
OCE Publications Depot, 890 Pickett Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22304.
Users are invited to send comments and suggested improvements to HQDA
(DAEN-MCE-A) Washington, DC 20314.
FOR THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS:
LEE S. GARRETT
L I M I T E D DISTRIBUTION
Chief, Engineering Division
Director of Military Construction