Chapter 2: Courthouse Programming
Rental fees paid by the judiciary to GSA are based on the type of space and the level
of service provided by GSA. With very few exceptions, GSA's rental rates are
consistent with standards contained in the Guide.
The Guide works in conjunction with GSA criteria to define which features and
finishes are provided by GSA and which must be funded by the judiciary. Features
such as service counters and ballistic-resistant glazing may result in either the
judiciary paying a higher rental rate or a one-time charge.
The judiciary reimburses GSA or pays vendors for furniture, equipment, features, and
some finishes defined as "above standard" tenant alterations in GSA regulations. The
definition of "standard" and "above standard" tenant alterations is subject to
interpretation and must be reviewed when budgeting for design and construction
No spaces, finishes, sound systems, or other equipment that exceed the standards
contained in this Guide or Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service can
be designed and budgeted without consulting GSA and the judiciary on the budgetary
impact. Any item that exceeds the standards at the request of the court shall have the
concurrence of the appropriate circuit judicial council and an identified funding source.
All project team participants must recognize that once a project budget has been
established, additional funding generally will not be available, since projects requiring
congressional authorization ("prospectus projects") must be designed within the
Congressionally-authorized budget ceiling.
Please refer to Table 2.2 for details concerning funding responsibilities of the
judiciary, GSA, and court-related agencies.