COMMAND DESIGN POLICY
Our underlying philosophy is one of responsive, responsible, and defensible
design for Navy shore facilities with a commitment to design principles and
practices which are requirements-based, logical, and conservative. Our
designs must produce facilities that are straightforward and businesslike.
They must respond to user needs, but reflect a responsible use of public
funds. They must be defensible in terms of scope, cost, and appearance.
Appropriate, defensible design is:
Effective in function
Appropriate in form and appearance
Adaptable and durable over time.
Monumental structures, stylistic applications of ornament, extreme
configurations, excessive automation/mechanization, poor choices of utility,
electrical or HVAC systems, and exotic landscaping or materials are
inconsistent with our objective to create pleasant, efficient and cost
This philosophy is not direction for barebones austerity or to eliminate all
building amenities. Excellent designs can be responsive, be responsible,
fully meet the user's needs, contribute to the shore environment, and reflect
the quality and character of the Naval service. The challenge is to strike a
prudent balance between need and desire, and between the ideal and the
Before beginning the design, the A/E should review current policy, criteria,
and instructions provided by NORTHDIV, and make a thorough study of conditions
at the site and the requirements of the project. If, after an analytical
review, the A/E is of the opinion that a deviation from Navy policy, criteria
or instructions would be of benefit to the government, the A/E shall bring the
matter to the attention of the DESIGN MANAGER (DM) for a decision. NORTHDIV
encourages the A/E to use his ingenuity, talent and professional expertise to
develop the best possible design for all elements of the project within the
constraints imposed. However, the use of untried concepts and materials for
which no "track record" exists is discouraged and will be rejected. Those
projects, which in themselves are state-of-the-art, will be acceptable.