Standard Level Features and Finishes
Specific Requirements for Building Systems
This section summarizes specific directions for the design and construction of architectural
and engineering systems which should be provided in buildings designed to serve the U.S.
Costs for construction are included in the baseline annual user charges when they are designed
within the criteria for construction methods and the material/finish standards specified in
Costs for construction of spaces to "above-standard" levels of materials and finishes must be
reimbursed by the requesting agency. An example might be in an office area designed for use
by the district clerk. Typical office spaces for the district clerk should comply with
PBS-PQ100.1. If higher levels of materials or finishes are requested on a specific project,
GSA will provide the upgrades, but funds for additional expenses will be requested from the
Architectural Interior Finishes for U.S. Court Facilities
The following list of interior finish criteria provides examples of standard level finishes which
apply to U.S. Court projects, and should be used in developing cost data bases for project
budgets. All finish criteria, except as noted, are provided by GSA within the baseline
standards. These finishes represent a quality standard or benchmark and are not intended to
dictate specific design solutions or treatments.
Courtrooms (New, Within Existing and/or Historic Buildings).
American Woodworking Institute (AWI) premium-grade hardwood veneer panelling
and/or wainscot, stained and finished with a transparent sealer. The technique of using
"bookmatched" panels should be limited to small areas of highlighting and not for overall
rooms or systems, and only where finished walls will remain exposed.
April 5, 1996