Sample Vision Competition Program
Optimum Workplace Performance and Productivity
Goals: The project shall be designed to provide an environment that will reinforce the
functioning and processes of the tenant agencies.
Objectives: Building systems shall meet all criteria indicated in the USCDG and P100.
Additionally, the building systems should meet special design criteria as set forth in the
tenant agency requirements.
1. Building systems that support U.S. courts operations shall be reliable by
concept, modular by construction, and designed to accommodate the varied
and flexible occupancy schedules of this specialized facility in a manner that
maintains comfort and health in an efficient manner.
2. It is anticipated that systems furniture will be incorporated into the office area
layouts. Approximately 20% of the programmed usable office space in the
building is defined as "open office." This "open office" area will contain systems
furniture with features such as sound absorbing and color coordinated
surfaces, and power, telephone, data, and network interface features
necessary for maximum occupant productivity.
3. Building tenant systems will incorporate automation as required to enhance
the agency mission and will include audio/visual interface in courtrooms and
interface of security, fire alarm, and building infrastructure systems. The
flexibility of these systems and telecommunications and power systems shall
include modular, vertically stacked equipment rooms.
4. Space utilization rates for the various agencies and departments are within
published U.S. courts and GSA guidelines for anticipated circulation, dedicated
and secure (or restricted) access for court personnel and marshals, open and
closed office area configuration concepts and multiple floor factors, and
include space for dedicated HVAC systems, elevators, and stairs.
5. Movement of materials within the building, including delivered goods, furnishings
and waste shall be accomplished in a safe and efficient manner that does not
hinder the normal flow of building occupants and the public. Properly designed
ramping, loading docks and platforms, trash rooms, and maintenance and repair
shops shall be provided.
6. A separate and dedicated freight elevator shall be provided for material and
maintenance activity movement within the building.
7. It is imperative that acoustic controls and isolation be provided for all U.S.
court spaces, tenant agency boundaries, government/public boundaries, and
8. All noise generating mechanical and electrical equipment shall be located
remote from the occupied spaces; all transmitted noise shall be filtered or
dampened; and an acoustical consultant shall be retained during design to
guarantee that acoustic levels and isolation are within acceptable levels.
Accountability Questions: By independent A/E review, do the building systems and layout
meet the criteria of the guidelines stated in the objective above? Has special consideration
been given to computer room system requirements? Has special consideration been
given automation systems and the provision of raised access flooring and underfloor
access duct systems as required throughout the building?
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