Strategies for Selecting
the Lead Designer and the Design Excellence A/E Team
Sample Vision Competition Program
5. Dedicated, separate and restricted corridors and a dedicated elevator for
judges' safe movement within the building.
6. Screening of all people entering the building as well as all mail, parcels, and
7. Perimeter building security protection provided by a system of enhanced
building and site lighting, and closed circuit television cameras, and recording
and monitoring devices.
Accountability Questions: Do the security measures adhere to those set forth in the
USCDG? By professional review, does the security meet all foreseeable situations?
Does the facility meet the security standards as set forth by the Department of Justice
report Vulnerability Assessment of Federal Facilities? Does the facility meet the security
system requirements of the individual tenant agencies as described by their security
Fire, Life Safety
Goals: This project shall be designed and built to provide for the safety and security of
Objectives: The building design and construction shall provide for all safety/fire protection
requirements of the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, Fire Protection Engineering in P100,
and the Southern Building Code.
Emergency power generator equipment shall be provided with battery back-up systems
so that power for emergency building egress, emergency lighting, fire alarms and
detention systems, and building and site security equipment is maintained at all times.
Stand-by power equipment with uninterruptible power sources (UPS) shall be provided
to allow a scheduled shut down or downloading of all building computers in a power
outage in order to protect programs and data files.
Accountability Questions: By GSA technical staff review, do the drawings and
specifications meet the standards of NFPA 101, and P100? Are space allocations for
the courts consistent with lifesafety requirements? Is an acceptable exit time achieved?
Goals: This project shall be designed to ensure that physically handicapped persons will
have ready access to, and use of, the project facilities, in accordance with the Uniform
Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
These requirements include access to courtrooms, judge's benches, jury boxes, jury
areas, and witness stands.
Objectives: The project will ensure that the design will meet the most stringent standard
whether it be UFAS or Title II and Title III of the ADA as well as the other applicable
design criteria set forth in the design directives. The project will provide horizontal and
vertical circulation that meets requirements for complete accessibility by the handi-
capped persons. As a minimum, at least one accessible route within the boundary of
the site shall be provided for both the public and employees from public transportation
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