At the start of the Renovation Program, control of the design process over the life of the project required the development of design guidelines and criteria. This control was necessary because of the size and duration of the project, the multi-acquisition approach, and design activities occurring throughout the project as each increment was renovated. As discussed in the Acquisition section, in the Process Improvements chapter of this report, the Renovation Program has moved to a design-build acquisition approach and the renovation of Wedges 2 through 5 is currently undergoing the source selection process as a single contract.
Early in the Programs history, a Management Support Architect-Engineer, prepared design guidelines and criteria; prepared the Reservation Master Plan, which addresses environmental issues; prepared the Pentagon Building Master Plan; developed prototypical designs for architectural standards, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, plumbing systems, fire protective systems, electrical systems, and security systems; and continues to develop programming and swing space requirements, schedules and cost estimates, and is providing technical and management support and Computer-Aided Design Documents for record drawings, shop drawings, and shop drawing reviews. Broad-scale design criteria, which are equivalent to a concept stage, will ensure that each individual increment will be compatible with the rest of the work. The goal is to achieve a completed project that has uniform and compatible materials and systems that are economic to maintain.
In the mid-1990s the importance of information management and telecommunications (IM&T) within the Pentagon was recognized and the United States Army was tasked with establishing a project office for Information Management and Telecommunications, renovation related tasks. The Pentagon IM&T project office was established in 1991.
The IM&T objective is to provide cost-effective IM&T services/capabilities that will best serve the needs of the Pentagon tenants and DoD Senior Leadership by leveraging technology advancements and designing/developing integrated systems, well into the 21st Century.