1 July 1998
INTERIOR DESIGN REQUIREMENTS
6-1. 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. In accordance with ER-1110-345-122, Engineering and Design, Interior Design,
interior design is required on all new building construction and renovation projects regardless
of funding sources. Two types of interior design services can be included in the development
of the RFP technical specifications. These two types of services are (1) building-related
interior design and (2) furniture-related interior design. Follow the regulation indicated for
design criteria and standards in the planning, design, and procurement of building related and
furniture related items.
b. In accordance with FAR 8.6, all furniture and prewired workstations must be procured
from UNICOR, Federal Prison Industries (FPI), unless a waiver is obtained from the FPI prior to
advertisement of the RFP.
6-2. LESSONS LEARNED. The following subparagraphs contain recommended information
that should be considered in future RFP's in order to avoid past problems, define engineering
requirements, define design submittal requirements, and ensure a level of quality. These
lessons learned should be reviewed and incorporated as appropriate in each new project.
a. Prior to preparing the RFP technical specifications, the Government should identify
customer furniture and equipment requirements, existing furniture to be used in the new
project, basic space layouts, and functional adjacencies. Building related and furniture related
designs should be fully coordinated and considered during concept development.
b. Prior to preparing the RFP technical specifications, if prewired workstations are to be
part of the construction contract, the Government should determine customer requirements
and determine the number of typical workstations required.
c. Determine the image the customer wants to project through the use of building-related
d. If required, state in the RFP technical specifications that the D-B contractor must
provide the following information in the Interior Design Package after award review. Display
books or illustration boards are typically provided in 8-inch by 11-inch format and contain the