U.S. Courts Design Guide
hardwood door jambs, stops, and casings, stained and finished with a
Trim and Moldings
Use AWI premium-grade, hardwood decorative moldings, or as dictated
by the design or existing building decor conditions.
Decorative moldings include, but are not limited to, base, chair rail, crown
and panel molds, caps, and other moldings as required.
Ceilings must accommodate courtroom size and height, requirements for
acoustical treatment of surface materials, and the potential combination of
different light sources.
Ceiling elements, including lighting fixtures, can be more pronounced in
courtrooms than in spaces with lower ceilings.
Use suspended acoustical tile and/or gypsum wallboard finishes, as
dictated by the design or existing building decor conditions.
Provide other ceiling elements, such as soffits, perimeter coves, recesses,
and reveals as required to integrate HVAC, lighting, and sound systems
into a harmonious design.
Use high-quality, sound-absorptive carpet.
Use 42-ounce (1.19 kg) face-weight, synthetic (nylon or equal),
commercial-grade carpet over a synthetic fiber cushion, if available and
Provide access flooring for entire courtroom floor.
Functionality and Furniture
Built-in and movable furniture is an integral part of courtroom design. The