U.S. Court Facilities
The building signage system will be provided by GSA. The selected signage system must
allow updating. Signage within the tenant assignable areas will be the responsibility of
the individual tenant agencies.
Artwork. GSA has an Art-In-Architecture program that commissions work designed
specifically for public areas or a building. Any other artwork is provided by tenant agencies.
Any plant materials must be provided and maintained by tenant
Acoustical Planning for U.S. Courts. Physical improvements for acoustic treatments
(including gasketing, etc.) will be provided by GSA and included in the baseline user charges.
In acoustically designed spaces, durable materials should be used at points where routine use
would damage, discolor, or soil materials, such as in areas at headrest locations behind jury
chairs, similar areas in spectator seating areas, and at electrical switchplate locations. HVAC
equipment for courtrooms, jury rooms, and chambers will not be located in close proximity to
these rooms. Fan-powered boxes and air-handling units (AHU's) should not be located in
close proximity to acoustically designed rooms. Please refer to PBS-PQ100.1 criteria for
theaters and auditoriums for maximum duct velocity. Where ducts penetrate acoustically
rated walls, duct and wall systems should be designed to maintain acoustic integrity.
equipment. The designer will provide analysis of system designs and equipment
Since the design and location of speech-reinforcement systems must be considered in the
design of the structure and architectural finishes in courtrooms, GSA will provide the basic
microphone/speech-reinforcement systems for courtrooms as part of the baseline annual user
charges. This basic system shall include the microphones, speakers, and amplifiers for speech
reinforcement in the courtroom. GSA will continue to provide conduit for the additional
electrical and electronic wiring that may be installed by the U.S. Courts. However, the U.S.
Courts will be responsible for providing system equipment and wiring for any options, such
as for the court-recording features that are incorporated into the basic speech-reinforcement
system. The designer must coordinate with the AOC to assure that the speech-reinforcement
system will be compatible with the U.S. Court-provided equipment.
April 5, 1996