Army Construction:

Some Vehicle Wash Facility Designs Can Be Modified to Save Money

NSIAD-89-16: Published: Oct 27, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1988.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Corps of Engineers gave adequate guidance to planners in designing centralized vehicle wash facilities (CVWF) that met the needs of Army installations at the lowest possible cost.

GAO found that: (1) the Corps inadequately assisted planners in deciding which CVWF features to choose; (2) development of definitive design guidance based on objective criteria was feasible; and (3) eliminating unnecessary features could result in substantial savings.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Army is preparing a new technical manual for vehicle wash facilities. This manual will include the guidance recommended by GAO and will be published in early 1991.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Army should direct the Chief of Engineers, in developing the Corps' new technical manual, to incorporate definitive guidance, based on objective criteria, that facilitates the design of CVWF that meet the needs of military installations at the lowest possible cost. The criteria should: (1) cover peculiarities such as soil and weather conditions and numbers and types of vehicles supported by an installation; and (2) reflect lessons learned from value engineering studies done on earlier projects.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Army


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