Image & Character
Building Types Group 3

These buildings are designed for heavy wear, frequency of use, and in support of mission functions. Pedestrian movement among buildings is facilitated through the design of the built environment and its relationship to the site and other exterior features.


1. Massing & Articulation

The massing is articulated in response to the building program and be able to accommodate generous daylighting of the interior where appropriate. A strong, easily identified entrance is appropriate. Articulation is modest allowing form and color to create the overall character.


2. Roof Style

Sloped standing-seam metal roofing is preferred for most of the roof area. Use overhangs to protect window openings as much as practical, and create covered gathering areas at the main entrance. Use simple roof forms, but they may need to be responsive to programmatic function. Curved roofs may be used for the main form or to highlight architectural features, such as the entrance.


3. Primary Entrances

Provide a covered entrance to accommodate groups of 10 to 15 people. Open-sided (versus recessed) covered entrances are preferred. Provide glazed areas to designate the entrance and a modest level of finishes on the exterior.


4. Shading Devices

Use aluminum louver and/or shading devices at windows. Shading devices integral with the building façade also is encouraged. Provide shading devices and canopies at covered entrances for strong architectural presence.


5. Secondary Entrances

Provide a covered entrance to accommodate groups of three to four people, using glazing to identify. Provide coverage to protect openings for utility entrances.


6. Fenestration

Use vertically proportioned punched window openings with aluminum windows in limited appropriate areas. Storefront and/or curtain wall may be used to designate entrances, gathering areas, or vertical circulation. Use of linear or other shapes as design elements is permissible in moderation. Translucent wall panels are appropriate to assist daylighting spaces.

Elevations: Vehicle Maintenance Facility


1. Environmentally sensitive envelopes, responsive to sun, wind, and water

2. Functional large overhangs focused and integrated into strong entries

3. Architectural shading devices to control solar heat gain especially over fenestration; integrated shading with architecture