Space Allocation Standards for USAOsIV.
Architectural Finish Requirements
- EOUSA Standard Office Build Out
- Private offices and open office areas are to be provided with the "EOUSA
standard office build out," unless otherwise noted in the Individual
Office Standards section. The standard office build out is normally
- ceiling height gypsum board partitions
- carpet with factory bonded padding (minimum carpet face weight of 38
ounces per square yard, color and pattern to be chosen by the USAO)
- two coats semi-gloss paint (color to be chosen by USAO)
- building standard window treatment (usually mini-blinds)
- stained hollow core wooden laminate door with standard six-pin,
paracentric, GSA-FSS Type 161 lockset which meets Federal Specification
FF-H-001066 and is ADA compatible (such as Medeco 16 series or Best Lock 8K
- vinyl wall base (color to compliment carpeting)
- standard flourescent lighting
- suspended acoustical ceiling (8' height minimum)
- These standards may vary depending upon the location of the USAO and
specific building standards.
- Demising walls - demising walls shall be slab to slab construction, with
#9 gauge steel wire mesh securely anchored between the studs and contained
within the finished partition. Partition to be taped, bedded, and finished
to a smooth wall texture, painted with one prime coat and one finish coat,
and attached to metal studs and top and bottom tracks. These partitions
require additional sound attenuation material to be provided in the
partition to bring the STC level of the partition up to 45.
- Sound Transmission Class (STC) - some partitions identified in the
Individual Office Standards require a minimum STC rating of 45. The
walls are to be slab to slab construction, with batt insulation provided in
the finished partition. Partition to be taped, bedded, and finished to a
smooth wall texture, painted with one prime coat and one finish coat, and
attached to metal studs and top and bottom tracks. Ductwork should not
compromise the STC rating, and wall outlets should not be placed back to
back in order to avoid sound transmission through the wall.
- Ballistic Material and Devices - in areas identified to receive
ballistic material, UL752, Level 6 rated ballistic wall paneling to be
mounted slab to slab (within finished partitions) is to be provided.
Partition to be taped, bedded, and finished to a smooth wall texture,
painted with one prime coat and one finish coat, and attached to metal studs
and top and bottom tracks. In the Reception Areas, a UL752, Level 3 rated
ballistic transaction window with built-in natural voice communication
system, brushed stainless steel frame, and Corian parcel counter with molded
deal tray is to be provided. The window should be of sufficient height and
width to ensure an unencumbered view of the entire waiting area, typically
4' high X 6' wide. Also provide a minimum 12" wide x 12" high ballistic
package pass-through contained in the wall.
- Floor Covering
- Carpet Padding - carpet padding is to be provided under all USAO
carpeted surfaces. Padding to be factory bonded to carpet, non-plasticized,
micro cellular backing, with a face weight of 16 ounces per square yard, a
density of 14 lbs. per cubic foot, and a thickness of .100 inches (such as
Dow Plastics "Enhancer", Classification II (Heavy Use))
- EOUSA Standard Carpeting - to be of tufted construction, cut pile
texture, made of 100% DuPont Atron Legacy BCF Nylon with DuraTech (or
equivalent) , static controlled and soil resistant fiber. Yarn to be 2 ply
with a face weight of 38 ounces per square yard, with a 10 year warranty on
wear and factory bonded padding. Color is to be chosen by the USAO.
- Carpet Border - to be made of the same grade and make of carpet as the
USAO standard carpet installed in the office. Color and style to be chosen
by the USAO.
- Vinyl and Static Resistant Vinyl Tile - storage and utility areas should
be provided with vinyl tile flooring. ADP areas are to be provided with
static resistant vinyl tile flooring. Color and pattern for both are to be
chosen by the USAO.
- Carpet Tile - carpet tile is not to be used in USAO space unless there
is an existing under-floor raceway/trough system which must be accessible.
If carpet tile is to be used, the tiles must have integral padding. Color
and pattern are to be chosen by the USAO.
- Window Treatment
- Building Standard - building standard window treatment is usually
mini-blinds or vertical blinds.
- Drapery - drapery should be sheer panels with fabric side panels, and be
floor length unless otherwise specified. Color to be chosen by the USAO.
- Valances - to be approximately 6" wide, made of either composition wood
with stained veneer to match the door, or particle board with fabric
covering. Type and color to be determined by the USAO.
- Security - there are no specific requirements for glazing unless applied
to buildings associated with high threat. Buildings that are located in a
geographic area or collocated with other high threat facilities should have
windows that are:
- laminated annealed glass (preferred), or
- heavy acrylic (for skylights), or
- monolithic (annealed or tempered) with security safety shatter resistant
window film that is applied from edge to edge of the glass, or is anchored
by additional stiles if applied to the exterior surface of the glass.
- Office Perimeter - office perimeter doors should be UL Class B fire
rated solid wood core or metal clad doors with no vents or windows. Doors
will have reverse door swing so that they open outward.
- Ballistic - ballistic doors should be UL 752, Level 6 rated, wooden
laminate, single/double doors with frame, a continuous roton hinge, and an
in-frame mounted balanced magnetic sensor. Door should be supplied with a
mechanical door closer and locking hardware, and a rim-mounted, emergency
exit device with dual Medeco high security deadbolt and latchbolt locking
- Standard Office - standard interior office doors are to be hollow core,
stained wooden laminate doors.
- Above Standard Office - in offices which require partitions with an STC
45 rating or with #9 gauge wire mesh mounted in the walls, the door is to be
a solid core, stained wooden door.
- Standard Hardware - interior office doors will follow the GSA door lock
schedule. Lockset to be a standard six-pin, paracentric, GSA-FSS Type 161
lockset which meets Federal Specification FF-H-001066 and is ADA 11 -
compatible (such as Medeco 16 series or Best Lock 8K series). All locks are
to be off of the building master. The Grand Master and lock cores are to be
supplied to the Administrative Officer directly from the manufacturer.
- Security - some doors will be specified to receive some or all of the
security hardware listed below:
- a four way in-door viewing device (such as "Door Spy, DS-6" model
available from Micro Affiliates, Rockville, MD (800) 430- 1099)
- an in-door viewing device (such as "Door Scope," available from Tiger
Security, Boca Roton, FL (800) 881-9033)
- an automatic mechanical door closer (required on all security and
- a UL 634 rated balanced electro-magnetic door sensor
- a key operated deadbolt lock with key section Level 7 (Factory
Restricted) and cam-operated bolt, with inside manual thumb latch (such as
Medeco Biaxial Keyway series or equivalent)
- a high security sliding deadbolt (such as Sargent & Greenleaf, model SM
- a GSA approved 3-position combination deadbolt lock which meets GSA
specification RF-L-2470 (such as Mas-Hamilton Model X-07)
- a manual cypher lock
- a rim-mounted, emergency bar exit device (such as Von Duprin model
HS-98-NL or HS-99-NL) available from Von Duprin, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
- a security grade emergency bar/paddle door release device to work in
conjunction with electric strike and key lock (such as Von Duprin 98 or 99
- an electric strike access control mechanism (such as Von Dup model 6112,
24-volt, fail secure, electric strike), available from Von Duprin, Inc.,
Indianapolis, IN (317) 897-9944)
- The number and location of these devices are to be determined by the
Security Programs Staff, EOUSA.
- Transoms - if existing transoms cannot be removed, they must be able to
be locked and alarmed to prevent intrusion.
- Perimeter Doors With Windows/Vents - if existing windows and/or vents
cannot be removed, they should be alarmed to prevent intrusion. Reflective
film should be applied to the interior of the windows to prevent visual
access into the USAO space.
- Chair Rail - to be placed with top of rail at 1" below top of window
sill (in rooms with no windows, top of rail should be 36" above finished
floor). Chair rail to be 4" wide by 1" thick, made of hardwood and stained
to match the office doors.
- Base Board
- Vinyl Base Board - to be 4" high by .085" thick, unless otherwise
specified. Color to complement the carpeting and chosen by the USAO
- Wood Base Board - to be 4" high by 3/4" thick, made of hardwood and
stained to match the office doors
- Carpet Base Board - to be 4" high and made of the same carpeting
covering the floor (without factory bonded padding)
- Built-in Casework
- Marker Board - marker board to be integral with wall, made of 3/4"
particle board with 22 gauge face sheet and porcelain writing surface,
panels to extend from chair rail to ceiling, butt joints to be splined,
color to be white with black plastic tee-edged molding. Continuous wood
chalk rail to be provide under marker board, mounted at same height as chair
rail, stained to match the door.
- Tack Board - tack board to be integral with wall, to be of fabric (color
and type to be specified by the USAO) applied to Homasote panels and mounted
on 1/4" wood blocking framework, anchored to studs, panels to extend from
chalk rail to ceiling; continuous wood chalk rail to be provided under tack
board, mounted at same height as chair rail, stained to match the door.
- Combination Marker Board and tack board - combination marker board and
tack board to be integral with wall, marker board to be positioned between
two tackboard panels, markerboard to be made of 3/4" particle board with 22
gauge face sheet and porcelain writing surface, tackboard to be of fabric
(color and type to be specified by the USAO) applied to Homasote panels and
mounted on 1/4" wood blocking framework, anchored to studs, panels to extend
from chair rail to ceiling, butt joints to be splined, continuous wood chalk
rail to be provided under both marker board and tack board, mounted at same
height as chair rail, stained to match door, or prefabricated marker board
and tack board unit, make and finish to be chosen by the USAO.
- Audio/Visual Cabinet - built-in audio/visual cabinet to be made of wood
veneer, upper cabinet to have adjustable wood shelving with a portion to
have raised panel cabinet doors for storage of VCR and audio equipment.
Lower cabinet to have adjustable wood shelving, with wood molding and
baseboard. All wood surfaces to be stained to match the door.
- Mail Distribution Center - built-in mail distribution center to be made
of wood, stained to match the door. Mail box slots to be 4H" x 12W" x 18" D
(typical minimum), oriented either vertically or horizontally. Provide
plastic laminate work surface with matching plastic laminate storage
- Copy Room Counter - to be plastic laminate on 3/4" particle board, 15"
deep. Shelves to be adjustable, supported on slotted, wall mounted
standards. Counter and cabinets to be plastic laminate on fire retardant
wood and plywood framing. Provide fire retardant wood blocking as required
to reinforce partition where shelf standard and counter are mounted.
- Break Room Counter - to have an 18" x 24" Americans With Disabilities
Act (ADA) accessible stainless steel sink with hot and cold water supply and
waste line mounted in a finished wooden kitchen sink base cabinet; garbage
disposal; 6 linear feet (including sink base) of base cabinets with matching
wall cabinets, except above sink base; base cabinets to have 6 linear feet
of plastic laminate counter top with integral splash block. Space,
electrical, plumbing, and waste line requirementsshould be provided to
accommodate a microwave, coffee maker (no water line) and/or a refrigerator
- Coffee Nook - to have an 14" x 14" American With Disabilities Act (ADA)
accessible stainless steel sink with hot and cold water supply and waste
line mounted in a finished wooden kitchen sink base cabinet; garbage
disposal; 4 to 6 linear feet (including sink base) of base cabinets with
matching wall cabinets, except above sink base. Base cabinets to have 4 to 6
linear feet of plastic laminate counter top with integral splash block.
Space, electrical, plumbing, and waste line requirements should be provided
to accommodate a microwave and/or coffee maker (no water line).
- Electrical Requirements
- Standard Office Electrical Requirement - each "standard office" should
be provided with a minimum of one 20amp/110-120 volt, general purpose,
dedicated, color coded quadraplex electrical outlet on one wall (for
computers and printers). This outlet should be connected to a clean ground
dedicated circuit, with a maximum of four such outlets per clean ground
circuit. One 20 amp/110 volt, NEMA 5-20R, three wire, single phase duplex
electrical outlet should be provided on the remaining walls. The local
Administrative Officer may determine the need for additional electrical
requirements for additional equipment (to be approved by EOUSA/FMSS).
- Break Room - break rooms should be provided with two Ground Fault
Interrupt (G.F.I.) quadraplex outlets mounted above the counter top to
accommodate items such as microwaves and/or toasters. The necessary
electrical requirements should be provided to accommodate a microwave,
coffee maker and / or a refrigerator.
- Large Copiers - large copiers with specific electrical requirements will
be identified by the USAO if different from the standard electrical
- Computer Electrical Requirements - Computer rooms require at least one
20 amp/120 volt, clean ground, dedicated circuit with a standard quadraplex
outlet per server. The local Systems Manager and Office Automation, EOUSA
must be consulted before the beginning of any project to determine the total
number of lines needed, as well as any other electrical, telephone, or
- Reception Area Screening Equipment
- The X-ray machine and magnetometer equipment to be placed in some
Visitor Waiting Areas each require their own dedicated outlets. The X-Ray
machine should be provided with a 115 VAC (+/- 10%), 60 Hz (+/- 3 HZ),
approximately 6 kVA dedcicated circuit terminating in a color coded duplex
outlet. The magnetometer should be provided with a 90- 137 VAC, 50-60 Hz
(+/- 3 Hz) dedicated circuit terminating in a color coded duplex outlet.
Both outlets should be placed to maximize seating and circulation area in
the Visitor Waiting Area.
- ADP Room - ADP rooms should be provided with a separate (independent)
air conditioning unit sufficient to operate for 24 hours and maintain a
temperature of no more than 75 degrees and maximum humidity of 80 percent.
Units in larger ADP rooms must accommodate heat output of 12,000 BTUs per
hour. Units in smaller ADP rooms must handle 5,000 BTUs per hour.
- Telephone Room - telephone rooms should be provided with a separate
(independent) air conditioning unit sufficient to operate for 24 hours and
maintain a temperature of no more than 75 degrees and maximum humidity of 80
percent (wherever possible, the ADP Room and the Telephone Room should share
the same system. This unit must handle 5, 000 BTUs per hour.
- Conference Rooms - should be provided with supplemental HVAC with a
dedicated thermostat and temperature control mounted next to the light
switch. 4.Main Copy Room - should have a ceiling mounted exhaust fan with
outside discharge, number of air changes to be determined by the cubic
volume of the room and the BTU output of the equipment.
- Mail Service - prior to mail being delivered to the USAO, it must be
inspected and X-rayed.
- the USAO will make the decision as to who will perform the mail
screening function and where it will be done.
- if the USAO is located in a Courthouse or Federal Building, Court
Security Officers (CSOs) should perform this service.
- if the USAO is located in leased space and a guard, X-ray machine, and
magnetometer have been placed in the Visitor Waiting Area, mail screening
should be performed by the guard.
- if the office is located in leased space and does not have a guard
assigned, arrangements should be made with the nearest Courthouse to have
the CSOs screen the mail.
- the USAO may choose to contract this service to an independent firm.
- The Security Programs Staff should be contacted for any additional
assistance needed in establishing the mail screening process.
- Guard Service - in the Courthouse, Court Security Officers (CSOs)
assigned to the Courthouse are responsible for monitoring the USAO space. In
leased locations, depending on the staffing level of the office, a guard
with an x-ray machine and magnetometer may staff the USAO waiting area
during regular business hours. This service will be funded with a
Reimbursable Work Authorization (GSA) from the Security Programs Staff.
- Building standard signs shall be provided for the primary entrance to
- Room signs shall be provided for all rooms within the USAO office suite.
Rooms shall be identified by either the individual occupant's name or the
room's functional use.
- The building directory board shall identify the office title as the
"United States Attorney's Office" and identify the room number for the
primary entrance to the office.
[updated February 1999]