Installation Facility Standards

Design and Development Guidance for the Installation of the Future

Tyndall AFB is in an urgent and compelling environment where operations and facilities must expeditiously recover, rebuild, and get back to a normal conditions following the devastation of Hurricane Michael (2018). This forward-focused rebuild effort promotes sustainable, resilient, and smart technology approaches that highlight the most impactful performance standards adopted by the Air Force - ones that exceed baseline U.S. Department of Defense standards and Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) - to specifically address Tyndall’s vertical and horizontal Military Construction requirements. This strategy provides “guardrails” for the rebuild without inhibiting innovation and creativity. This site consolidates Tyndall AFB’s design intent, strategies, and solutions to facilitate expedited design in the Installation of the Future.

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Utilizing the analysis of pre-storm conditions and hurricane impacts, a solid foundation for a data-driven, informed, and resilient installation design was created.


The Tyndall IFS was adopted by AFCEC, the Tyndall PMO, USACE, and the Tyndall Installation Commander on 12 Nov 2019 during the IFS Facilitated Briefing/Discussion meeting after its initial publication date of 4 Nov 2019. During this same meeting, the Chapter 2 Design Intent and the Communications Chapter 23 of the Technical Guidelines was adopted.

The Tyndall IFS (aka "Chapter 2 Rebuild Design Intent") includes sections on "architectural image and character" and "site and land management", also known as the Landscape Master Plan. In August 2020, the Tyndall IFS website was launched as a web-based version of "Chapter 2 Rebuild Design Intent" via tyndallifs.com.

Furthermore, the Tyndall IFS is a base-level program. The Air Force IFS are a component plan of the Installation Development Plan (or Master Plan) per Air Force Instruction (AFI) 32-1015 (Integrated Installation Master Planning) and compliance with this publication is mandator by order of the Secretary of the Air Force. The Base Civil Engineer (BCE) in the 325th Civil Engineering Squadron maintains and implements the Installation Development Plan (IDP) and its component plans, to include the IFS. Therefore, compliance with the Tyndall Installation Facility Standards and consultation with the 325th Civil Engineering Squadron is mandatory.

Overview IntroductionHurricane recovery rebuild efforts

PLANNING DISTRICTSServe to section Tyndall AFB by land use and function



To guide the rebuild with the addition of future sustainability, resiliency, and SMART technology solutions.

Design Wind Speeds and Building Envelope Protection MemoBased on AF Structural SME recommendations and in alignment with the SECAF-directed Severe Weather Readiness Assessment recommendations, the Tyndall PMO will use the draft 2019 UFC and the following Tyndall design wind speeds based upon Risk categories III, IV, and V.

Design Flood Elevation
(DFE) MemoDFE is defined as the minimum elevation to design assets considering not just the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), but other factors such as historic storm surge data, sea-level change, regulatory mandates, state or local requirements, buildings code requirements, and an asset owner’s risk tolerance.

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CommunicationsTelecommunications infrastructure of Tyndall AFB

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Performance Standards

Created for the architects and engineers who are designing the Installation of the Future, these performance standards contribute to Tyndall AFB’s mission readiness and to becoming a sustainable, resilient, SMART-ready base.

AppliedPerformance Standards

The performance standards have been applied in plans and designs that are driving the rebuild activities.

AdoptedPerformance Standards

Adopted performance standards focus on reducing costs, optimizing operations, and enhancing stability



Tyndall AFB’s resiliency to multiple natural and manmade threats is framed in the U.S. Air Force’s doctrine known as the “5 Rs” of Resiliency. The five defining elements of resiliency are Robustness, Redundancy, Resourcefulness, Response, and Recovery.



Tyndall AFB’s Installation of the Future will be designed, constructed, and operated with sustainable features as unifying priorities for all horizontal and vertical efforts. Its projects will incorporate criteria from a variety of proven strategies and best practices.

Smart technologies

Tyndall AFB’s SMART building technologies will collect, display, record, analyze, and disseminate informationto provide centralized visibility and communication for the monitored building and utility subsystems.

The five defining elements of resiliency at Tyndall



Extent to which a system can absorb an impact or prevent the impact from spreading to other parts of the system.



Extent to which a system has a diversity of methods in which it can continue to provide the required level of service.



Extent to which a system can adapt when impacted during a risk event and the speed with which it adapts.



Extent to which a system can enable installation activities to return to mission effectiveness.



Extent to which a system can regain initial mission effectiveness as well as normal operations plus the ability to provide support to the surrounding community and region.

“Our intent is for Tyndall to be a model 21ST century, digitally integrated installation of the future”

— Brigadier General Patrice Melancon
Executive director of the Tyndall AFB Reconstruction Program Management Office, whose team is overseeing the rebuild.

Tyndall AFB - High Level Design Guidance

Design Intent

Design Intent identifies the image, character, and design strategies being used to achieve innovative designs for the  Installation of the Future while representing a new generation of facilities at Tyndall AFB. Each section of the Design Intent addresses the design principles, solutions, and descriptions.


Architectural Image & Character

Architectural Image & Character describes guidance for the vertical environment, which includes all enclosed and open structures. This section is limited to new construction and does not include the renovation of existing buildings.

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Tyndall AFB - Local Level Design Guidance


Tyndall's Installation Facility Standards establish the acceptable level of quality and performance for the base's facility design, facility operations, and ongoing building maintenance.

Tyndall AFB - Detailed Level Design Guidance

Landscape Master Plan

The Landscape Master Plan defines the roadmap to a new and reimagined Tyndall AFB.
The Installation of the Future will optimize mission success while also being SMART, resilient and sustainable.

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A. Introduction

This supplements the IFS and should be used as a companion document and provide additional detail in the implementation of the Landscape Master Plan. Besides this Introduction, the plan includes additional sections, each organized to provide the appropriate level and scale of guidance.


B. Framework

Based on the overarching vision and goals for this plan, this section describes the key base-wide planning methodologies and guidance to achieve the plan's vision - presented via four overarching frameworks. 


C. Site Development Criteria

Building on the planning frameworks, this section provides supplemental guidance regarding site development design criteria and coordination that is specific to the intent of this plan. The organization of this section is consistent with the IFS, and provides the user with details on background for context, framework, priorities, approach, and typologies for the subject areas.


D. Post-Construction Maintenance Procedures

Provide guidance for achieving the intent of this plan, this section describes the required long-term maintenance practices for the landscape zones and elements.