Strategies for Selecting
the Lead Designer and the Design Excellence A/E Team
Sample Vision Competition Program
4. Separate HVAC systems for data processing areas.
5. Separate HVAC systems for secure covered vehicle garage area.
Special Ventilation Requirements
Special ventilation systems shall be provided for vehicle garage areas, the fitness
center for the U.S. Marshals Service, toilet rooms, storage rooms, mechanical and
electrical rooms, and detention cell areas.
Special Ceiling Heights
Special ceiling heights shall be provided in the court-rooms as required for compliance
with USCDG, the main building lobby, future courtroom expansion areas, vehicle
garages and mechanical and electrical spaces.
Building structural design shall accommodate the maximum USCDG ceiling height
for all courtrooms. The floor-to-floor height of the courtroom floors shall be at least the
minimum allowable to accommodate ceiling heights, building structural components and
above ceiling utility space.
Special column-free areas shall be provided in current and future courtroom areas
and in the vehicle garage area. Refer to the Executive Summary for a discussion of
the preliminary project modeling philosophy and intent included in this analysis and a
comparison of this model with the final model to be developed by the design A/E.
Raised Floor Areas
Raised floor areas shall be provided as required for data processing rooms and is
recommended for all general office areas. The design A/E shall investigate providing
recessed floor areas between judges' benches and spectator areas for flexible routing
space for current and future audio/visual cables for U.S. courts and attorneys' equipment.
Special Floor Loading
Special floor loading shall be provided for equipment spaces, detention cell areas,
vaults, storage, file rooms, and libraries.
Adjacent/Access to Elevators and Loading Docks
1. The loading dock shall be adjacent to the freight elevator, the mechanical/
electrical spaces, building storage areas, and building maintenance areas.
2. The judges' dedicated elevator shall be directly accessible from the enclosed
parking garage and discharge into the secure judges' corridors on all courtroom
3. The dedicated U.S. Marshals Service restricted elevator for transport of
prisoners shall be directly accessible from the secure vehicle sallyport and
discharge directly to detention cell areas in the U.S. Marshals Service space and
to each courtroom grouping.
4. Elevators shall be selected and sized to comply with occupant use as well as
that required by emergency response personnel.
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