Dear Mr. Battle:
In its meeting of 20 January, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed and approved the concept design for new secure pedestrian access control points on the bridges leading to the employee entrances at Corridors 2 and 3 of the Pentagon.
Observing that these new entrances will constitute new gateways to the Pentagon and should be treated accordingly, the Commission members recommended clarifying the relationship of the entrance portal structures to the Pentagon building itself. They suggested consideration of limestone rather than cast stone as the cladding material; they also recommended detailing the new masonry to reflect the language and profiles of either the existing bridges or the historic Pentagon building. They requested that more detailed information be provided for both the general site context and the construction details in future submissions.
The Commission requested that the project team work closely with the staff as the plans and details are developed for the final design submission. The Commission also delegated the final approval to the staff which, as always, is available to assist you.
/s/Thomas E. Luebke, AIA
William J. Battle
Senior Project/Program Manager
Department of Defense, Engineering and Technical Services Division
1155 Defense Pentagon, Suite 5D325
Washington, DC 20301-1155
cc: T. David Bell, Bell Architects