Chapter 6: Ancillary Facilities
The attorney lounge must be acoustically enclosed to eliminate distractions. Natural
light may be used; considerations include control of excessive brightness (glare) and
Walls should be low-maintenance; wall design must consider light reflectance and
must consider light reflectance. Floors must be carpeted for acoustics and aesthetics. If
food is allowed in the lounge, spill-resistant carpet should be considered. A chair rail
must be provided.
Furnishings in the lounge area include lounge chairs, sofa(s), armchairs, and coffee or
side tables. The work area should accommodate a work table and two to four chairs,
or two to four work carrels and chairs. Lockers or a closet in which attorneys can
secure their coats and other belongings while presenting oral arguments should be
No special requirements
The required reverberation time determines the degree to which acoustically-absorptive
finishes should be used in the attorney lounge. See Table 6.3 for specific reverberation
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning.
See Table 6.4 for specific requirements.