for an airfield operations building may vary considerably even at Army airfields of
comparable size and/or activity. The existence of available permanent facilities will
also affect overall space requirements.
b. The airfield operations center and/or headquarters may be provided in a separate
building or may be combined with the flight control tower and/or fire and rescue
station; or, in some cases, may be located in the administrative space or a hangar.
c. Actual space requirements will be determined by local appraisal. Projects will be
supported by adequate backup data and description to permit MCA Program review
by DA and DoD. The number of personnel assigned office space and personnel
authorizations will be documented. For project programming guide, the net floor
area per building occupant will conform to authorizations contained in TM 5-800-1.
Special purpose rooms such as conference, communications, transient waiting,
plotting and briefing rooms are not included in the 12 net m2 [130 net ft2] per
building occupant and will be separately justified by operational requirement data.
Personnel requiring locker space, but not assigned office space, will not be included
as building occupants in computing net floor area. Special facility requirements,
such as Air Weather Service (AWS) and the Flight Surgeon, when provided as direct
support at the airfield will be included at the scope authorized below without regard
to the number of personnel assigned to the special unit.
(1) Air Weather Service: At the facilities provided with direct support AWS
Detachments, not less than 139 net m2 [1,500 net ft2] will be authorized.
(2 Flight Surgeon Facilities: Normally where 30 or more Army aviators are
assigned to a facility, a flight surgeon will be authorized to care for personnel on
flight status and their dependents. Requirements for flight surgeon facilities at
variance with those listed below will be justified on an individual basis.
(a) At an airfield supporting not more than 25 assigned aircraft, a space of
57.5 net m2 [620 net ft2] is authorized. This area will provide: an office, one
examining room, an eye lane, an audiometric booth, a toilet, and records and waiting
(b) At an airfield supporting 25 to 50 assigned aircraft, the spaces authorized
above, plus an additional examining room, for a total of 74.5 net m2 [800 net ft2] is
(c) At an airfield where more than 50 aircraft but less than 200 are assigned,
Flight Surgeon and Medical Airmen will be authorized 108 net m2 [1,160 net ft2]
feet. In addition to the office, two examining rooms, eye lane, toilets, records and
waiting room areas, the following will be provided: a minor surgery laboratory
room, pharmacy room, separate audiometric booth, ENT (ear, nose, and throat)
room, and storage space for supplies and equipment.
(d) At facilities supporting more than 200 aircraft, a separate Flight Surgeon
Dispensary facility may be authorized. If an existing structure is not suitable for this
purpose, then new construction may be authorized. Scope and design of either
modifications to existing facilities or design and construction of a new facility will
be coordinated with the Surgeon General's Office through HQDA (DAEN-ECE-M).
d. For guidance purposes only, the approximate range of gross area required for
airfield operations and headquarters facilities (not including the AWS and Flight
Surgeon space) is: