Design Guide: Recreation Centers Planning Considerations January 1976
Recreation Centers. Branch
c. SIZE AND SHAPE OF SITE. The shape of
Centers are specifically oriented toward single
the site should be compact to assure an
enlisted personnel. Therefore, these Centers
efficient, economic and attractive building
layout and should be in one piece, undivided by
should be integrated with troop housing.
Depending on the physical layout of the
through-traffic lanes. The topography of the
site should provide good natural drainage and
installation, it may be more desirable to have
require minimum cost to develop.
two small Branch Centers rather than one large
Main Center. Since Recreation Services activ-
Table 2-6. Site Acreage Requirements.
ities are not incorporated in the brigade
bachelor housing complexes and it is reasonable
12,700 SF 19,800 SF 27,800 SF
to expect to be able to walk to these facilities,
they should be grouped together with other
Size of Site: 2.0 acres 2.75 acres 3.25 acres
leisure and unit activities, enabling a person to
do several things on a single trip. Grouping
d. MASTER PLANNING. Site selection shall be
these activities together also allows them to be
in accordance with the approved installation
mutually supportive. The relationship between
Master Plan. The arrangement of facilities on
the Recreation Center and enlisted personnel is
the site should be integrated with other
best when one Branch Recreation Center, sited
buildings and site conditions. Existing traffic
with other Recreation Services activities, serves
patterns and capacities should be investigated
a two brigade area. This allows people their
so that the new facility can be located without
choice of relaxing with people from their own
causing undue congestion.
unit or from another.
e. SITE IMPROVEMENTS. After the site has
(4) Circulation Systems. The sites for both
been selected, an analysis of improvements
Main and Branch Centers should be visually
required to make the site usable for a
prominent from the vehicular and pedestrian
Recreation Center must be made so that cost
estimates may be developed. To assist the using
b . UTILITY REQUIREMENTS. To be ade-
agency in developing requirements and cost
quate, the site must have utility capacity
estimates, the local Facilities Engineer Office
equivalent to those listed in Table 2-5. There
should be contacted to provide professional
will be variations in requirements because of
assistance. The analysis must include all site
climatic factors and the final design of the
work and encompass the following:
Extension of all utilities, electric, water, gas,
Table 2-5. Required Site Utility Examples.
sewers, to the building.
Construction of sidewalks, curbs, and gutters.
Landscape improvements including clearing,
grading, and planting.
Construction of outdoor terraces, parking
areas, walks, and paving.
The analysis should be documented in the
Project Development Brochure and the costs
should be the basis for costs shown on the
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Military Construction Project Data Form (DD
temp. (design condition)
Form 1391 ). To insure that adequate funds are
appropriated, this analysis must consider all
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aspects of site improvements, especially land-
scaping and construction, so that an attractive
and usable Center is designed.
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WB outside temp. (design condition)