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CARLSTADT, N.J. and CHANTILLY, Va. - November 1, 2004 - Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards, and ManTech Environmental Corporation (MEC), currently responsible for the Army Installation Design Standards (IDS), today announced that the U.S. Army has adopted a palette drawn from the PANTONE for architecture and interiors color system as a standard for exterior paint colors for all Army facilities worldwide.

Developed as a comprehensive color solution for the contract and hospitality segments of the interior design industry, PANTONE for architecture and interiors enables designers to match and coordinate different categories within the industry, including paint, flooring, leather, fabrics, carpet, fiber, furniture and laminates. The System consists of over 1,900 colors in cotton, paper and digital formats. PANTONE for architecture and interiors overcomes the traditional, time-intensive and stressful task of specifying, matching and agreeing on colors.

“Until recently, the Army used ‘Federal Color Numbers’ as a standard for accurately communicating color, but this system has been discontinued due to quality control problems,” explained L. Baxter Lawrence, AIA, architect, MEC.

“This presented a problem in establishing a non-proprietary color standard for the 19 Army exterior colors which were to be included in the new Army Installation Design Standards,” added Gary Burns, PMP, management director of MEC, who has personally guided the IDS development since its inception over two years ago.

Larry Black, AIA, ICMA, program manager/general engineer for Assistant Chief of Staff Installation Management (ACSIM), who is the government lead on the IDS program, felt that it was important to codify the 19 exterior colors and suggested that MEC explore the possibility of using PANTONE, whose international standing would ensure that the exterior paint colors for U.S. Army installations around the world would be consistent. It would also promote competitive bidding on Army contracts while helping to guarantee quality execution.

“We are pleased that the U.S. Army has taken this significant step to speak the language of color,” said Lisa Herbert, executive vice president of Pantone Fashion and Interiors. “It joins many top design firms and manufacturers in using PANTONE for architecture and interiors to instantly and accurately communicate color around the world.”

A color board appears in Appendix L: Exterior Color Charts of the Army Installation Design Standards, which provides the mandatory common facility and infrastructure standards for all Army installations. Color options are given for exterior finishes for each of eight U.S. regions plus Europe and the Far East. It is viewable online at

About Pantone, Inc.

Pantone, Inc., developer of the globally accepted PANTONE Color Systems, is the leading source of traditional and electronic products for the selection and accurate communication of color. With over 40 years of experience, Pantone is recognized as the worldwide market leader in color communication and color technology for the graphic design, printing, publishing, fashion apparel, home furnishings, commercial interiors and industrial design industries. More information is available at

About ManTech Environmental Corporation

ManTech Environmental Corporation is the Facilities Management and Environmental Division of ManTech International Corporation, a leading provider of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community and other U.S. federal government customers. The company’s expertise includes software development, enterprise security architecture, information assurance, intelligence operations support, network and critical infrastructure protection, information technology, communications integration and engineering support. With revenues in excess of $800 million for the past twelve months and more than 5,500 highly qualified employees and several thousand consultants, the company operates in the United States and more than 30 countries worldwide. Additional information on ManTech can be found at

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