There are numerous types of Fabricated Control Booths and an abundance of manufacturers throughout the United States. These control booths can be used in various applications for a variety of facilities. A hospital, college campus, or tourist attraction that has new visitors on a daily basis can use an Informational Booth at a key location to help visitors and to assist in creating the desired experience. A limited access public or private parking lot can benefit from a Parking Booth to assist drivers as they use the facility. The booth can serve simply as an access control and for making payment during normal business hours, or a full-time Guard House to enhance security. For facilities with specific security requirements such as a power plant, military base, or penitentiary these booths can be installed on raised platforms, or even towers with access by exterior stairways that provide the necessary view of the surrounding area. Another common application is a Toll Booth found along those long drives over the interstate highway system, bridges, and toll roads of major metropolitan areas. These are a few examples of the various types of Fabricated Control Booths, and the following is a list of the choices available in this section:

  • Attendant Booth
  • Information Booth
  • Ticket Booth
  • Cashier Booth
  • Parking Booth
  • Toll Booth
  • Guard House
  • Security Booth
  • Valet Booth
  • Industrial Booth        


General Description and Options:

Given the variety of styles available for Prefabricated Control Booths, there are numerous options regarding their description. Providing the style of the booth on the drawings is highly recommended; that includes elevations and floor plan, site location, and proximity to needed utilities and adjacent structures. Booths typically have a structural framework of either steel or aluminum. This limits the weight for transport from the fabrication facility. Once it arrives on site the booth is located on a platform or base that may be a concrete slab, trailer, or accessible tower depending on the project requirements. To facilitate unloading the booth, they are typically fabricated with forklift pockets in the base, or concealed lifting lugs welded in place at the roof suitable for placement on prepared base.

Performance requirements of the booths include both local live and dead loading, as well as seismic where applicable. As with any structure, it must be able to withstand the range of ambient and surface temperature changes. For security related applications the booth enclosure may need to comply with ballistic resistance standards such as United Laboratories (UL) 752 or the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 0108.1 threat rating standards.
Many of these booths may also require a combination of communication connections, lighting, plumbing, as well as heating and cooling, and compliance with accessibility standards. Criteria for each of these is provided within the section, along with the compliance standards for the fabricator.

There are various components being provided in the section. Aluminum windows with fixed, cashier, service, and vertical or horizontal sliding operation types are the available choice options. Sliding and swinging doors with hardware and finish options are provided. Types of glass used for the windows and doors depending on the application may also be specified, such as tempered safety glass, laminated and insulating, in addition to security glazing products such as polycarbonate sheet or glass-clad polycarbonate security glazing. As a means to limit the weight of these booths they quite often use metal wall panels for the enclosure. Options for exterior and interior thickness of the galvanized steel sheets is provided, in addition to types of cavity insulation. The floor may be the concrete slab that the booth is anchored down too, or an integral floor assembly with various subfloor and finished floor material choices. Roof assembly consists of various components, such as exterior metal roofing panels, insulation, finishes, and roof configurations involving ridge height, overhang, fascia, and gutters with downspouts. There are also choice options for the type of ceiling and interior or exterior lighting fixtures. Options for interior casework consisting of countertops, shelving, cabinets and drawers is also provided including steel sheet or plastic laminate. For booths that are also full time work spaces, there are options for rest rooms as required for the application. Options for heating and air conditioning units are also provided with mounting on the exterior wall or atop the roof.

It is essential to keep in mind what options are available from the fabricator/manufacturer. There are numerous manufacturers fabricating a diverse selection of control booths. Contact a local company and work with them to establish what your needs are and the relevant styles and options available. Provide coordination of this information as it is indicated on the drawings within plans and elevations, with the criteria and options being specified in this section.


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