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War Department, but before it was even completed, the army determined it to be too small for its needs this building is now home to the U. As the ranks of the War Department continued to swell, they began to branch out across the city, and were eventually being housed in 17 different buildings. Army Quartermaster Corps, was tasked with finding a permanent solution to the space problem. On July 17, Somervell met with architect George Bergstrom, giving him just three days to come up with a design that would accommodate 40, employees and 10, cars.
It owes its unique shape to a different planned location. Several sites were considered for the new military complex. The original choice was a sprawling stretch of land just to the east of Arlington Cemetery, on land that once belonged to Confederate General Robert E. At the time, the tract was managed by the Department of Agriculture, which ran an experimental farm on the land. Arlington Farms was bound by access roads, forming a slightly irregular pentagon shape.
As it was too late to start a new design process, the pentagon shape remained, though its five sides were straightened and smoothed to the more standard form we know today. There are a few reasons the building is so short. This was due, in part, to concerns over disrupting the scenic views to and from the Virginia site and Washington, D. There was also a more practical reason—the steel shortage already underway in a nation girding for war. Instead of steel, the building was built primarily of reinforced concrete, , cubic yards of it.
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Much of the filler for this concrete was dredged from the grounds around the Pentagon itself, including the Potomac River. Concrete was also used to build a series of ramps throughout the complex, which eliminated the need for steel-enforced elevators. Additional concessions to the war included the lack of bronze doors, plaques and any other touches that were deemed purely decorative. The Pentagon was built on land occupied by the descendants of former slaves.