Strategies for Selecting
the Lead Designer and the Design Excellence A/E Team
Sample Vision Competition Program
PROJECT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The purpose of this section of the program is to relate the general project construction
goals with their related project objectives so the lead designer-A/E team can ascertain
the impact of each goal by understanding the performance objectives to be attained. The
lead designer-A/E team is required to implement the specific project design so that the
overall performance objectives are satisfied. All design shall be in full compliance with
applicable codes and regulations. If codes conflict, the more stringent code shall prevail.
The following goals and objectives include all project requirements that define the
U.S. courts and GSA program expectations for the design and construction of the new
1. Provide a safe, efficient, flexible, comfortable, and healthy environment for the
performance of all U.S. courts and supporting federal agency missions.
2. Provide a facility that is sensitive to the art and architecture of the region, has
architectural merit, and conveys a community presence.
Goals: The building must project an image of solidity, stability, and progressiveness
befitting the image of the courts and court-related tenant agencies.
Objectives: The new courthouse should be one that enhances the professionalism and
productivity of its workers. It should be of an appropriate design to reflect an elegant
and dignified image. The building should blend with the environment and relate to
the community but present itself distinctively as a courthouse. It should respect and
enhance the historic nature of the existing John A. Campbell Courthouse. Its appearance,
functioning, and siting should be coordinated with the existing building and designed in
such a way as to create the look of a unified courts complex.
The facility must provide a civic presence and contribute to the architecture of the total
Accountability Questions: By GSA review, does the building project the appropriate
appearance for federal activities? By court review, does the building project the appropriate
appearance for judicial activities? Does the building project the appearance of a
professional organization? Does the building respect its context and development within
the cityscape? Does the new facility respect and enhance the historic nature of the
existing John A. Campbell Courthouse? Is the building and relationship to the existing
building designed in such a way as to create the look of a unified courts complex?
Goals: The purpose of this project is to provide for the 10-year expansion requirements,
staffing, and functional requirements of the courts and court-related agencies. The
30-year expansion will be provided by expansion of the facility on the same site to
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