U.S. Courts Design Guide
the room must be completely acoustically separated from other areas, with slab-to-slab
partitions and a gasketed door(s).
A conference table and swivel armchairs for up to 12 people must be provided. The
room must be equipped with a wall-mounted display unit. When not being used for its
stated purpose, the room may serve as an auxiliary conference room.
The room must be accessed from restricted circulation, but still remain relatively close
to the public reception/waiting area for client convenience.
Client Property Storage Room. The room is used to store personal property items of
incarcerated clients. Space for adjustable-height, open shelving must be provided. The
door to the room must be securable. The room must be accessed only from restricted
circulation and may be located away from the main office. If possible, the HVAC
system should provide separate exhaust for this room.
Exhibit Storage Room. The room is used to store items entered into evidence
temporarily. Space for adjustable-height, open shelving must be provided. The door to
the room must have a keylock.
Secure Local Area Network Room. The secure LAN room must be equipped with a
secure cipher lock, card reader, or keypad to limit entrance to authorized personnel.
Any means of access through the ceiling plenum, pipe chase, or other similar spaces
must be eliminated.
Federal Defender Trial Preparation Suite. If the Federal Defender Office is located
outside the courthouse, a small suite of offices for use by Federal Defender staff
during trials must be provided in the USDC courthouse. The suite must be located off
of the public corridor near the courtrooms; however, the suite must not be near U.S.
Attorney office space. The suite must contain the following areas:
One or two attorney offices