1 July 1998
5-1. MANDATORY DESIGN CRITERIA AND STANDARDS. Although not all-inclusive, this
paragraph contains Federal requirements that are established by executive orders, public laws,
local requirements, and other directives. These requirements and all other Federal
requirements must be reviewed and included, as applicable, in the RFP for each new project.
a. Occupational Safety and Health Act Considerations. The Occupational Safety and
Health Act of 1970 requires that safety standards issued by the Secretary of Labor be followed
in the work place. Section 19 of this Act requires Federal agencies to establish and maintain
effective and comprehensive programs, consistent with the standards issued by the Secretary
of Labor. Those standards issued by the Secretary of Labor that affect the design of buildings
are principally found in the General Industry Standards, 20 CFR 1910, Occupational Safety
and Health Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington,
D.C. 20210. The design of all Army facilities that serve as places of employment will conform
to, or be consistent with, all applicable standards published under the Occupational Safety and
Health Act (OSHA) of 1970. In the case of an apparent conflict between this document and
OSHA Standards, the standard providing the greatest degree of safety will govern.
b. Master Plan. Master plan development will consider the planning goals and
objectives of the communities surrounding Army installations. Review and coordination will be
in accordance with AR 210-70, Intergovernmental Coordination of DOD Federal Development
Program and Activities, 31 December 1984. Master plans and proposed designs for individual
projects on installations located within the National Capital Region (NCR) will be submitted in
accordance with instructions contained herein as directed by AR 415-15, Army Military
Construction Program Development and Execution to the National Capital Planning
Commission (NCPC) and The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). The Management Team should
review the Master Plan and provide guidance in the RFP so that offerors will be knowledgeable
about how the Master Plan applies.
c. Physical Disabilities Background. Design and construction of Department of Defense
buildings and facilities must ensure that they will be readily accessible to individuals with
physical disabilities. Design and Construction must conform to the Uniform Federal
Accessibility Standards (UFAS) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 provides comprehensive civil rights protection to
individuals with physical disabilities in the area of public accommodations, employment, State
and local government services, transportation, and telecommunications.
d. The project shall be designed in accordance with all regional and national applicable
codes (such as the Uniform Building Code, NFPA 101 and 13, etc.). The RFP must reference
codes and standards the offeror shall comply with.
e. Building construction. Building construction criteria are listed in Military Handbook,
MIL-HDBK 1008C, Fire Protection For Facilities. FRT plywood will not be used, except in
nonstructural applications that are not subject to elevated temperatures or high humidity. FRT
plywood will not be used in any part of the roof or roofing system.