Sample Vision Competition Program
Accountability Questions: By independent A/E review, do the building structural systems
meet the criteria of the guidelines stated in the objective above?
As a part of the A/E space planning and design, the following special space requirements,
included as part of this PDS concept and associated construction cost, shall be evaluated
and refined as required for a complete and integrated project design.
Countermeasures shall be provided as required to comply with vulnerability assessment
Level IV protection of the building, its occupants and the public, including building siting
and setbacks, guarded, gated and monitored vehicular and pedestrian access, selected
ballistic and selected non operable windows, CCTV perimeter monitoring and recording
systems, and enhanced exterior lighting. Special security shall be provided for judges
by the provision of secure, covered parking, dedicated secure vertical elevator transport
and horizontal corridors. Special security and isolation shall be provided for segregation
of persons in the U.S. Marshals Service custody from all other building occupants by
providing a vehicle secure sallyport, restricted corridors, restricted elevator and detention
cells. Designated U.S. courts and U.S. Marshals personnel shall be provided with
special secure indoor parking.
Special Fire Safety Systems
In addition to standard fire alarm and sprinkler systems throughout the building, special
smoke removal air systems shall be provided for all courtrooms.
Special Telecommunications Needs
Above-standard telephone line quality as well as a dedicated telecommunications
switchroom of 300 SF (28 SM) size for building systems shall be provided as well
as telex and data internet lines revised to monitor integrated and safe and secure
communications between this building and all regional and national security, law
enforcement and judicial departments. A separate telephone closet and dedicated
security conduit systems are required for the U.S. Marshals Service use.
Special Plumbing Requirements
Special plumbing fixtures and fixture types shall be provided for all physically challenged
building occupants and the public, security fixtures for prisoners, and private toilet
rooms required to maintain U.S. courts and U.S. Marshals Service security separation
and special fixtures for the U.S. Marshals Service fitness center.
Separate HVAC Systems
Separate HVAC systems shall be provided as follows:
1. Separate HVAC systems for the U.S. Marshals Service, prisoner secure
movement, and detention areas for temperature-control and environmental
2. Separate HVAC systems with smoke removal for each courtroom and
associated judge's suite for separate temperature and humidity control,
occupancy scheduling, and flexible zoning.
3. Separate HVAC systems for the U.S. Marshals Service fitness area.
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