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Case Study: The Pentagon (Washington, D.C.)

The Pentagon, headquarters of the national defense establishment and the nerve center for US command and control, is virtually a city within itself. The facility spans 29 acres, with over 6.6 million sq. ft. of gross floor area including 17.5 miles of corridors, The Pentagon houses more than 26,000 military and civilian employees and 3,000 non-defense support personnel dedicated to protecting United States interests. The building, originally constructed between 1941 and 1943, presents quite an operational challenge for support services. The Schachinger Group (formerly Cini-Little Schachinger) as The Pentagon's qualified "Materials Handling/ Materials Management" consultant, developed an efficient and effective materials handling system to integrate the new Remote Delivery Facility (RDF) with the requirements of the renovated Pentagon. Because of heightened security concerns, The Pentagon receives and inspects incoming shipments and mail at an off-site facility. The permanent RDF, connected to the Pentagon by a materials handling/pedestrian tunnel, is currently under construction. The RDF will receive and inspect all supplies, equipment and materials. Once incoming items have been inspected, they will be delivered within the Pentagon. All out bound shipments including waste will also be handled through the RDF. To effectively manage the flow of materials, trucks and equipment, up-to-date tracking systems will be required.
The Schachinger Group provided an assessment of existing materials transport system(s), an analysis of the immediate and future traffic impacting the renovated Pentagon and the Remote Delivery Facility (RDF), as well as an operational overview of the current and projected materials management, foodservice, materials handling and transport methodologies and systems.