GSA Courthouse Management Group
Mechanical Lift Analysis
PROJECT / LOCATION:
WILLIAM J. NEALSON U.S. COURTHOUSE
SITE VISIT (Y/N):
SURVEYS (SENT / RECEIVED):
NUMBER OF LIFTS:
TYPE OF LIFT:
1 HYDRAULIC / SCISSORS
NUMBER OF LEVELS SERVICED:
PLAN DIAGRAM AT LIFT LOCATIONS
1 WITNESS BOX
2 JUDGE'S BENCH (FUTURE)
CONSOLIDATED SURVEY & SITE VISIT INFORMATION:
A two-stop unit was installed in each of two courtrooms located in the new construction; built as an
annex to the existing Courthouse and Federal Office Building. As designed, the unit provides
accessibility for the witness box at the first stop; however, the second stop, providing access to the
judge's bench, has been disconnected. The platform is approximately 5 FT-2 IN wide (facing the courtroom
well) by 3 FT-1 IN deep. A 3 FT-3 IN wide door, with hinges toward the courtroom well, provides access to
the witness box. A 3 FT-1 IN wide door, with hinges away from the courtroom well, provides access
to the judge's bench from the witness box.
The witness box unit rises to a height of approximately 14 IN above the floor. The floor slab
below the lift platform was initially cut to an insufficient depth and needed additional space of
approximately 4 IN below the surface . The platform can be dismantled for servicing of the
lift mechanism. All other equipment and hydraulics are located below the judge's bench
platform, accessed through a floor panel.
A fixed ramp, approximately 1 FT-8 IN wide by 3 FT-0 IN deep having a 3 IN rise, provides access
to the platform at its lowest operating position. The platform is normally placed at a raised
position, accessed by portable steps for ambulatory witnesses.
HDR Architecture, Inc.
Scranton, PA Installation 5-66