allowed for sorting recycling of paper, glass and metals.
house the command station for the security guards and
Facilities that use trash containers that are picked up by
their equipment for current as well as future building
vendors must have at least one loading berth for the trash
needs. There should be an expectation in the planning of
the building that a security command center and
inspection station may be needed in the future, if it is not
Building Engineer's Space. Even if not included in the
required at time of building design.
building program, an office space for the building
engineer should be evaluated. Most GSA buildings require
Fire Command Center. See Chapter 7: Fire Protection &
such a space, which houses the consoles for the Building
Life Safety, for additional requirements.
Automation System. This space is normally located near
Food Service Areas. The entrances to the dining area
the loading dock or main mechanical spaces.
should be visible from the main circulation paths, but
Security Control Center. All GSA buildings with a local
should not impede lobby traffic.
security force should have a control center. In the event
Space allocations for food service facilities are established
that the building will not be served by a local security
in GSA handbook, Concession Management Desk Guide
force, this room could be combined with the building
engineer's office or the fire control center.
Dining Areas. Dining areas should be located to take
The security control center should be located adjacent to
advantage of natural light and outdoor eating areas in
the main lobby. Approximately 21 m2 (225 square feet)
climates where this is feasible.
should be allocated for this room which is intended to
Serveries should be laid out to minimize waiting times for
customers. Scramble service is recommended.
In most cases, food service areas perform better when not
isolated within a facility. Designers shall consider making
food service directly accessible to the public and
integrated with the site design. GSA has had success
mitigating security concerns by a variety of means
including placing food service within freestanding
structures, and hardened partitions.
Child Care Centers. See GSA Child Care Center Design
Guide (PBS-P140). Child care centers will usually be
operated by organizations outside the Federal
Government. The GSA Office of Child Care Development
Programs shall be consulted before design concepts are
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