GSA Courthouse Management Group
Mechanical Lift Analysis
The access panel to service the electrical panel and hydraulic pump is in the fixed floor section
of the witness box.
The lift platform does not have a finished surface.
In addition to the lifts, a manually activated ramp element is located at the jury box. It has the
same issues related to finish details as the lift accommodation.
This installation epitomizes the situation where the best of intentions were not met because the
timing within the project process did not allow adequate investigation of the millwork and other finish
details. Even though the lift is in use only a small percentage of the time; the inconvenience and
labor intensity of the adaptation process over-emphasizes the user's disability which is contrary to the
philosophy of both the U.S. Courts and GSA.
HDR Architecture, Inc.