U.S. Courts Design Guide
must function as an integral part of the security and alarm systems for the total
facility. Duress alarm devices connected to the USMS Command and Control Center
must be located at the reception counter, interview rooms, supervisors' offices,
supervision officers' offices, selected general office areas, and secure storage areas. In
addition, interview rooms and supervision officers' offices must have vision panels.
The public counter in the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Offices must be
equipped with a counter-to-ceiling, break-resistant glass screen. Transaction windows
must be located at counter workstations. Offices located in a facility where weapons
screening is not conducted by the USMS at the entry must have a transaction window
with ballistic-resistant (UL Standard 752, Level III) glazing and surfaces floor to
ceiling within four feet left and right of the window, including the entrance door.
Where appropriate, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, a monitor, and intercom
can be used to screen visitors before they enter the restricted circulation area.
Refer to document Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service for additional
All interview rooms and offices of Probation and Pretrial Services supervision officers
must be acoustically separate from adjacent areas (Acoustic Privacy Requirement:
Confidential), with 50 decibel (dB) noise isolation class (NIC) slab-to-slab partitions,
gasketed doors, and background noise levels of 30 noise criteria (NC). Special
consideration must be given to the design and fabrication of ducts to minimize acoustic
problems. Refer to Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service.
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
HVAC systems must economically accommodate early morning and late evening
hours. See Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service.