15 June 2006
CHAPTER 5 FURNITURE, FIXTURES & EQUIPMENT INTERIOR DESIGN
The Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Interior Design (FF&E) includes the design,
selection, specification, color coordination and procurement documentation of the
required items necessary to meet the functional, operational, sustainability, and
aesthetic needs of the facility. The FF&E package will include placement plans,
ordering and finish information on all freestanding furnishings and accessories, and cost
estimates. The Interior Designer will select and specify colors, fabrics, and furniture
finishes to coordinate with the Structural Interior Design (SID) interior finish materials.
The selection of furniture style, function and configuration will be coordinated with the
user/customer's requirements. Examples of FF&E items are workstations, seating, files,
tables, beds, wardrobes, draperies and accessories as well as markerboards,
tackboards, and presentation screens. Secondary window treatments such as sheers,
draperies, top treatments, and room-darkening shades are specified as required on a
project-by-project basis and are usually included as part of the FF&E package. Criteria
for furniture selection will include function and ergonomic considerations, maintenance,
durability, sustainability, comfort and cost. Also, the designer may have to consider
reuse of and coordination with existing furnishings.
The FF&E budget, the customer's program requirements and the Furniture Footprint
plans will be the basis for the FF&E Package. The designer will work directly with the
using activity to assess their needs and develop a list of furnishings required for each
space within the facility. The FF&E package will be developed and coordinated with the
architectural design as is appropriate with the project delivery process and the FF&E
acquisition strategy. Refer to Chapter 2 Interior Design Process.
Equipment not included in MILCON construction may or may not be included in the
FF&E package, depending on the funding used. The user or user's consultants may
specify or provide specifications for specialized equipment. The Army and Air Force do
not include equipment in their FF&E package. The Navy and Marines usually include
equipment in their FF&E packages where appropriate.
SOURCES OF SUPPLY FOR FF&E.
Most FF&E items are available through Government Sources of Supply (UNICOR,
Federal Supply Catalog, etc.) or current General Services Administration (GSA)
contracts. Additional sources include GSA Advantage, AFNAF Commanders Smart Buy
Programs or AFNAFPO, and the Veterans Administration (VA).
If an open market procurement of any item is necessary, the Interior Designer is
required to prepare adequate written justification, giving reasons why the item(s) must
be procured through the open market. The Interior Designer coordinates product lead
times with the construction completion dates. See Appendix D for applicable DoD