This Design Intent appendix of the Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) Installation Facilities Standards (IFS) defines the Architectural Image and Character principles that will guide Tyndall AFB’s efforts to become the Installation of the Future.
The Design Intent provides a basis for the planning and design of buildings to ensure a high quality, attractive, sustainable, resilient, SMART, secure, and user-friendly development of Tyndall AFB. These planning standards are to be used in coordination with the IFS, providing additional planning and design guidance.
The Tyndall AFB Program Management Office (PMO), in collaboration with the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), will monitor compliance with the Design Intent during each phase of the Rebuild Program and will perform a comprehensive overview during concept design, where the Design Intent’s impacts will be most cost effective, impactful, and easily integrated.
The Design Intent encompasses many elements that can influence the overall performance, visual aesthetic, and functional conditions associated with the base. The result impacts the sense of entry and arrival, wayfinding, visual and physical corridors, hierarchy of open spaces, pedestrian connections and experiences, facility siting based on their related purposes to parking and streets, development density, building exterior design, pedestrian gathering spaces, and enhanced building entrances. This appendix builds on, reinforces, and enhances the guidance of the Tyndall AFB IFS.
The goal of this design guidance is to provide a framework and define “guardrails” designers are required to perform within, providing innovative design solutions and balancing creativity, cost, and cohesive design solutions. The design concepts described in this document provide a hierarchy of building types that support the long-term development of Tyndall AFB.
As an integral component for creating the Installation of the Future, new state-of-the-art facilities will be integrated with existing, surviving buildings throughout Tyndall AFB. As the rebuilding effort continues, the site context of existing and new buildings should be considered, with all buildings creating the new context and vocabulary at Tyndall AFB.
The effort includes structures that are varied in use and operation but should be designed with innovative solutions and the highest levels of sustainability and resiliency. The following Design Objectives target specific measures for success:
- Create a sense of place with a desirable, recognizable identity
- Be responsive to Tyndall AFB’s history, place, security needs, and missions
- Emphasize a connected, pedestrian-friendly, cyber-secure, safe, campus-like environment
- Create consistency across the installation – flightline and support
- Provide resiliency – robustness, redundancy, recovery, resourcefulness, responsive to USAF performance guidance standards
- Design for high performance – energy efficiency, sun and moisture control, corrosion control
- Incorporate best practices of sustainable and resilient design – minimize resources, energy consumption, footprint – increase productivity and quality of life
- Provide a holistic approach integrating natural areas and built areas
- Protect and enhance existing natural and cultural assets
- Use durable and low-maintenance materials
The buildings illustrated in this document follow the architectural style, design vocabulary, and material and color palettes outlined in the corresponding narrative and have been specifically developed and selected as appropriate for Tyndall AFB. The style incorporates materials and technologies with expressive forms, shapes, and textures that reflect the highly technical activities housed in these buildings. In total, 12 building type samples are included within this document as representative of the range of facilities on the Installation.
Building types from each of the Air Force Corporate Facilities Standards Groups are included (with the exception of Group 4, Family Housing). It is intended that architects and designers use the entire document to help develop design solutions for each building and landscape, not simply referring to the sections most related to the individual projects they are developing. In this way, the entire architectural vocabulary is illustrated and made available for designers to provide finely tuned design solutions that enhance and contribute to the overall character.