Standard: UFC 4-171-04AN


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Types of Band Facilities.

This Design guide is directly applicable to training facilities for the regular Active Duty Army bands. The criteria and illustrative designs specifically address the two standard sizes required for such bands — 45 person and 65 person. While the personnel composition and functions of these bands are relatively standardized, there are minor local variations in operation from post to post, which can be reflected in the facility design.

This Design Guide is also generally applicable to facilities for the larger Premier Bands. However, the specifics of band composition, performance groups and activities are different from other bands, and will require modification and augmentation of the affected function-areas of the band facility. Each of these facilities must be programmed and designed individually, utilizing the general guidance on programming process, functions and space requirements, overall and individual space design criteria, and acoustical design considerations found in this Guide. Similarly, the contents of this Design Guide are generally relevant to National Guard and Army Reserve Bands, and should be applied as appropriate to their operations and scale of facility construction.

New Construction, Renovations, Additions, and Adaptive Reuse.

This Design Guide is applicable to all projects involving new construction, renovations, additions, or adaptive reuse for Band Training Facilities. While this document provides the basic criteria for such facilities, it is not intended to provide all the information required for the identification of project requirements or the successful preparation of project designs. Additional information must be obtained at the installation level in order to identify the unique requirements of local bands and their activities, and the design constraints and opportunities of the physical context and sites. This guide does include illustrative examples to assist the responsible local personnel in development of their project requirements and designs.

Staff-Initiated Interior Design Changes.

A major use of this Guide is to aid Army Band personnel and Facility Engineers in evaluating existing facilities and making interior design changes not necessarily involving capital improvement funds. The Design Guide is intended to help these personnel to know what design principles and approaches to follow in making these changes. It provides specific, practical guidance, with how-to-do-it details, for such renovations and small-scale modifications, especially for construction items unique to band training activities and their acoustic implications. Further guidance on interior design is provided in DG 1110-3-122.


The purpose of this Design Guide is to provide guidance and basic criteria for the planning and design of Army Band Training Facilities (Category Code 171-15). This involves several stages and types of activities:

A. Evaluation and Improvements.

This Design guide provides criteria against which existing band facilities, buildings proposed for renovation for band use, and new designs can be evaluated. Criteria are provided for assessment in terms of architectural program, spatial and structural suitability, building organization and relationships, and the design of individual activity spaces. Improvements to existing facilities, through renovation and better space utilization and operation, can be applied by local band and engineer personnel, based on such assessment and on the design guidance in this document.

B. Planning and Programming.

This Guide provides general guidance for Army Bank officers and personnel, and Facility Engineer personnel, for project planning and programming for band facilities, and initiating projects for military construction programs. The Design Guide provides specific guidance for the selection of appropriate sites or existing buildings to renovate, and for development of the architectural program, including the preparation and submission of required documents.

C. Design.

As the basic instrument governing the design of Army Band Training Facilities, this Guide provides the design principles and criteria for conceptual design and design development of all sizes of band facilities. The guidelines focus on the development of realistic, cost-effectivebuildings which best accommodate Army Band activities. They specifically address the issues of acoustical design, renovation, and practical construction approaches, which are particularly important in the development of band facilities.

These guidelines are intended to be used throughout the design process, by all the participants in this process: Band officers and personnel, Facility Engineers, District Engineers, and design architects and engineers. They are to be coordinated with other Army regulations and Department of Defense (DOD) criteria and procedures.

Organization: Unified Facilities Criteria
Document Number: ufc 4-171-04an
Publish Date: 2005-03-01
Page Count: 111
Available Languages: EN
DOD Adopted: NO
ANSI Approved: NO
Most Recent Revision: YES
Current Version: YES
Status: Active

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