Chapter 5: Judges' Chambers Suites
Finishes, Furniture, and Fixtures
A cost-effective palette, consistent with the project
budget, must be designated by the design architect,
from which a limited range of finish materials,
colors, and textures will be selected.
Application paneling must be limited to wainscot
and accent details to achieve the desired design
Maintenance costs and life-cycle cost benefits of
finish materials must be considered in selection.
The finishes in judges' chambers suites should reflect the design quality of the courtroom;
chambers should be viewed as an extension of the courtroom. Finishes should give an
impression of fine quality. Floors must be carpeted. Wall and ceiling design must consider
acoustics for internal speaking, light reflectance, and contrast.
The following list of interior finish criteria provides examples of standard level finishes that
apply to judges' chambers suites. These finishes represent a quality standard or benchmark and
are not intended to dictate specific design solutions or treatments. All finishes must be
compatible with the overall architectural characteristics of the building.
Walls (Except Closed Storage)
Use American Woodworking Institute (AWI) premium-grade, hardwood veneer
paneling or wainscot, stained and finished with a transparent sealer.