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b. Sketch and photo. As visual aids in the review process, the form provides spaces for
sketches and a photo. At a minimum, a plan of the building and a typical structural section
should be sketched. One or more elevations should also be sketched, unless the photo is
adequate to show the pertinent features (e.g., approximate size and spacing of window and
door openings). The plan should indicate the approximate overall dimensions of the building,
and the location and extent of the vertical lateral-load-resisting elements (e.g., shear walls
braced frames or rigid frames). If the building has expansion or structural separation joints, the
location and size of the joints should be noted. The typical structural section should indicate
story height, and should identify the vertical resisting elements and the type of floor or roof
diaphragms at each level.
c. Building function. The classification of an existing building regarding its use and function is
an important parameter in the assignment of priority for retrofit. The function of the building
should be noted by circling the appropriate category(s) that best describes its current use. The
occupancy, which is the average number of personnel that occupy the building during the
normal work period (assumed to be from 0700 to 1700 hours). The ten classification categories
include the following uses:
(1) Quarters. This category includes all buildings used as living quarters. Examples
include single-family units; quarters for bachelor officers, enlisted personnel, or contractors
(e.g., BOQs, BEQs, BCQs); and barracks for group accommodations.
(2) Mess. Includes all buildings used for the preparation and consumption of food or
refreshments. Examples include mess facilities, clubs for officers or enlisted personnel, and
(3) Admin. Includes all buildings used for office or administrative use. Examples
include headquarters buildings, personnel offices, and Base Engineer offices.
(4) Shops. This is a broad category characterized by large, open work areas and high
overhead space, usually designed for bridge cranes, monorails, or other weight-handling
equipment. Examples include aircraft hangars, machine shops, ordnance assembly buildings,
and vehicle maintenance facilities.