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2.13 Site Furniture

Useful outdoor spaces require furniture just as much as do rooms in a building. Seating, tables, bollards, bicycle racks, cigarette urns, trash receptacles, flagpoles, lighting standards and tree grates should be considered as part of the initial site design.

Site furniture shall be compatible in design, size and color with the surrounding architecture and landscape design. They should be selected and submitted in the Design Development package (see Appendix A: Submission Requirements).

Jacob Javits Plaza, New York, NY
Jacob Javits Plaza,
New York, NY

Seating. GSA is committed to providing public amenities such as outdoor seating. The design should consider appropriate locations (bus stops, plazas) where seating could be used. Movable furniture can be an important component in effective public plazas and courtyards. In many intensively-used public spaces, it is an effective supplement to built-in seating. Where appropriate, perimeter walls and stair elements should be designed to provide comfortable height and depth for seating. Seating should be designed and placed on the site to provide choices for employees and visitors, including sun and shade, fixed and movable, etc.

Trash Containers. Locate trash containers at the entrances of buildings, on the path people will take to leave a seating area, and other locations to encourage their use.

Bicycle Racks. The use of bicycle racks shall be considered at all GSA facilities (LEED criteria suggest racks for 5% of building occupants). Bicycle racks shall be placed in a location that is convenient to riders, such as a parking garage, parking lot or near a building entry. This location should be highly visible by building occupants, security personnel or by general traffic or in a secure (locked) area for use only by employees. Racks shall have provisions for locking bicycles to them. Bicycle racks shall be compatible with the architecture and landscape design.

Materials. Materials for outdoor furniture must be very durable and resistant to vandalism. Movable furniture can be an important component in effective public plazas and courtyards. In many intensively-used public spaces, it is an effective supplement to built-in seating. Metals that require repainting shall not be permitted.

 


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