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COURSES


FOUNDATION COURSES


Master Planning Principles (PROSPECT 75)
Students. Planners, architects, landscape architects, programmers, engineers, and real property specialists working in master planning or related fields at federal installations.
Target Audience. Beginning staff
Objective. This course will introduce students from all DoD and other federal agencies to the fundamentals of master planning. The course will focus on general planning history, theory, ethics, and application.
Key Topics. Planning ethics and law, planning history, current planning trends, Jane Jacobs and the failure of planning, zoning, collaborative planning methods, area development planning, form-based coding, sustainable planning, NEPA and the planning process.
Primary Exercise. Students will prepare a site plan to accommodate a cluster of buildings on a small federal installation.
Duration. 4.5 days
Key Text. Image of the City (Kevin Lynch)
CEUs: 30

 

Master Planning Practices (US ARMY) (PROSPECT 241)
Students. Planners, architects, landscape architects, programmers, engineers, and real property specialists working in master planning or related fields at federal installations.
Target Audience. Beginning staff
Objective. This course will introduce students to the Army master planning process and products. The course will be structured around the primary Real Property Master Plan products and cover the process used to prepare each product in detail.
Key Topics. DoD planning strategies, relationship between master planning and standard garrison organizations, space planning criteria, force structure, planning tools (ASIP, RPLANS, FPS, etc.), Army planning products (Vision Plan, IDG, CIS, LRC, Digest), the Real Property Planning Board, project funding (MCA/SRM), PPBES, IDS, Standardization, Common Levels of Service (CLS).
Primary Exercise. Students will develop project requirements using ASIP and RPLANS data.
Duration. 4.5 days.
Key Texts. AR210-20; Army Space Criteria Planning Manual; Real Property Master Planning Technical Manual (updated).
CEUs: 30

 

Facilities Planner Course (US NAVY) (A-4A-0016)
This course is currently taught at Port Hueneme, California. Please see course description on the CECOS website.

Comprehensive Planning Development (US AIR FORCE) (WENG 520 )
This course is currently taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Please see course description on the AFIT website.

 

TECHNICAL COURSES

Master Planning Advanced Techniques (PROSPECT 952)
Students. Planners, architects, landscape architects, programmers, engineers, and real property specialists working in master planning or related fields at federal installations.
Target Audience: Intermediate staff
Objective. In this studio-based course, students will prepare a conceptual Area Development Plan from the development of a vision to the preparation of an Illustrative Plan. Students will gain an understanding how design shapes and is shaped by physical, economic, political, social, environmental, and cultural considerations. Students will be introduced to additional graphic and technical tools to aid in their presentation of planning products. They will learn how to prepare a program for short and long-term development based on their plan. The course includes field surveys and design review sessions.
Key Topics. Using qualitative methods in the planning process (surveys, interviews, focus groups, visual preference surveys, etc.), charrettes, sustainability for master planning (LEED-ND, New Urbanism, Smart Growth), installation design elements (streets, sidewalks, parking, and landscaping), area development planning, programming, and planning graphics.
Primary Exercise. Students will prepare a concept Area Development Plan.
Duration. 4.5 days.
Key Texts. A Pattern Language (Christoper Alexander, et al); Great Streets (Allan Jacobs).
CEUs. 30

 

Master Planning Applied Skills (PROSPECT 326)
Students. Engineers, planners, architects, programmers, and real property specialists currently working in the Real Property Planning Branch of an installation. Ideally, students will have completed the introductory Master Planning classes.
Target Audience. Intermediate staff
Objective. This course will provide students with an introduction to space management and planning, including standard duties and methods of operation. The goal of the course is to make planners and real estate specialist more effective by providing them a better understanding of space management, including the use of standard systems, tools, guides and sources of information that can guide customer requirements and facility functionality assessments, as well as space assignments.
Key Topics. Defining Assets (Permanent Assets, Semi-Perm Assets, Temporary Assets); Category Codes (DA PAM 415-28 Guide to Army Real Property Category Codes), Multi-Use Facilities - single facility with one or more category codes, Gross Net and Usable Square Feet, Conversion and diversions). Evaluating Assets (Building surveys and condition reports, Utilization calculations and measuring, Utilization rate surveys, functional adequacy, relation of function areas to facility, Classification of Space). Defining Customer Requirements (Organizations common to an Army installation; Admin and support, Tactical, Contractors, Private, MWR/NAF, Other DoD and US Government agencies and methods of determining space requirements for those units including special space)
Primary Exercise. A practical exercise will facilitate the instruction of installation planning. The exercise will build throughout the course, and will use ASPCM, RPLANS, ASIP, etc. as supporting texts.
Duration. 4.5 days.
Key Texts. Problem Seeking (William Pena)
CEUs. 30


Master Planning Visualization Techniques (PROSPECT 948)
Students. Planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and real property specialists working in master planning or related fields at federal installations.
Target Audience. Intermediate and advanced staff
Objective. In this lab-based course, students will learn how to prepare compelling planning graphics. Students will improve their ability to present ideas and plans as three-dimensional sketches, improving the efficiency of communication and reducing the need for external consultants to provide graphics for installation master plans. This class will provide hands-on, computer-based instruction. Through development of illustrations and virtual models, students will learn to produce graphics using readily available, off-the-shelf software that can enhance their master plans.
Key Topics. Preparing underlay plans for master planning visualization, using Adobe Photoshop to prepare layered Illustrative Plans, using Google Sketch-Up to create 3-D models, using Adobe Photoshop to create 3-D renderings, using Google Earth and ethics of rendering.
Primary Exercise. Students will prepare an Illustrative Plan and accompanying 3-D model.
Duration. 4.5 days.
Key Texts. The Urban Collaborative Guide to Planning Graphics.
CEUs: 30

 

MASTER PLANNING CODING PRACTICES (PROSPECT 319)
Students. Planners, architects, programmers, landscape architects, engineers, and real property specialists working in master planning or related fields at federal installations.
Target Audience. Intermediate and advanced staff
Objective. In this course, students will learn to create a form-based code for a federal installation. Working in a studio format, they will prepare an Area Development Plan that will include an illustrative plan, a regulating plan, a phasing plan, street standards, and building standards.
Key Topics. Form-based code elements, the relationship between form-based codes and military planning, applications of form-based codes, making form-based codes
Primary Exercise. Students will prepare a concept form-based code for a federal installation.
Duration. 2.5 days
Key Texts. Form-Based Codes (Paul Crawford and Daniel Parolek)
CEUs. 16

 

MASTER PLANNING ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY (PROSPECT 258)
Students. Planners, architects, programmers, landscape architects, engineers, and real property specialists working in master planning or related fields at federal installations.
Target audience: Beginning and Intermediate staff
Objective. In this course, students will learn about and apply advanced methods related to sustainable planning. They will learn how to develop metrics in support of sustainable planning. In addition, students will learn how to use LEED-ND in the planning process.
Key Topics. Developing and using sustainability metrics (LEED-ND, Smart Growth, etc.), principles of sustainable planning, applications of sustainable planning, selling sustainability, integrating sustainability with AT/FP and standardized designs. This course will also provide practical experience in the legal aspects of planning through working with codes.
Primary Exercise. Students will evaluate sample ADPs using LEED-ND criteria and develop metrics to help decision-makers adopt more sustainable plans.
Duration. 3.5 days.
Key Texts. Retrofitting Sprawl (Ellen Dunham Jones and June Williamson)
CEUs. 23

 

MASTER PLANNING HISTORIC STRUCTURES I (PROSPECT 392)
Students. Nominees should be assigned (a) Occupational Series 0020, 0023, 0025, 0028, 0170, 0193, 0301, 0341, 0342, 0343, 0408, 0800, 1008, 1170, 1171, 1173, 1176, 1301, 1640, 1910, 1960, or other series with cultural resource management responsibilities; (b) Grade: GS 07, WG 11, E6, O1, or above. Attendees should have a minimum of 1-year experience in their organization prior to attending this course. Each session will attempt to approximate a mix between installation and USACE personnel. Typical USACE functions appropriate to this course include engineering, project management, construction, contracting, and real estate. Typical installation functions include engineering plans and services, family housing, operations and maintenance, engineering resource management, and environment.
Target audience. Historic preservation staff
Objectives. This course provides an awareness of the unique characteristics, legal requirements, procedures, technical knowledge, and skills necessary to maintain and repair historic properties of the Federal Government.
Key topics. (a) Guidance laws, regulations, and criteria; (b) identification and documentation of historic fabric; (c) maintenance issues: maintenance goals and reasons for deterioration; (d) procedures for maintenance design, management, and treatment; (e) design issues, including exterior finishes, interiors, life safety, energy conservation, engineering support systems, force protection, sustainable design, site design and landscaping, and material life cycle value; and (f) field trip: design and treatment techniques.
Duration. 4.5 days
CEUs. 30

 

MASTER PLANNING HISTORIC STRUCTURES II (PROSPECT 163)
Objectives. The course objective is to increase awareness and sensitivity to maintenance and repair issues in historic structures and to enhance preservation craft skills. The course provides theory and practice for those with hands-on responsibility for maintenance, preservation, and rehabilitation of historic structures in the areas of carpentry, masonry, painting, roofing, and flashing.
Target audience: Skilled historic preservation staff
Key topics. Through the lectures and field exercises, the course covers such subjects as (a) Secretary of the Interior standards; (b) levels of treatment; (c) character defining features; (d) preservation of historic fabric—repair versus replacement; (e) tools and tool marks; (f) deterioration of roofing and flashing, paint, wood, masonry (causes and cures); and (g) a 2-day field exercise working with and taught by experienced craftsmen on an actual and ongoing historic structures project. Field groups are assigned in the three specialty areas of carpentry, painting, and masonry.
Students. Nominees must be assigned (a) Occupational Series: 5318, 4607, 4102, 3603, 3606, 4605, 4618, 3605, 4749, 1910, and 1960, (b) Grade: GS 07 or above, WG 07 or above. Attendees should have at least 12 years of worker-level experience in their organization that includes some craft experience. Full journeyman performance level is not required. Typical installation functions include operations and maintenance personnel, shop personnel, and family housing maintenance personnel.
Duration. 4.5 days
CEUs. 30

 

PRACTICUM COURSES
The practicum courses are ideally completed in a sequence shown below. If installations already have a vision plan and design guide, then they can proceed to the Area Development Plan Practicums. The Installation Development Plan Practicum, Program Practicum, and DIgest Practicum should only be completed after an installation has prepared Area Development Plans for all of its identified districts.

 

1. VISION AND INSTALLATION DESIGN GUIDE PRACTICUM
Students. Engineers, landscape architects, programmers, architects, planners, and real property specialists currently working in the Real Property Planning Branch, as well as other stakeholders at the installation.
Target Audience: Open
Objective. Students will gain an understanding of how to prepare a Vision Plan and IDG for an actual installation.
Key Topics. Developing a Vision Plan with an RPMP Vision, Goals, and Objectives, hosting public workshops to create a vision, using participatory planning methods in visioning (SWOT analysis, Concept Mapping, Visual Preference Surveys), documenting the program for use in master planning, preparing key elements of the Vision Plan (Composite Constraints and Opportunities Map, Framework Plan, Future Development Plan), preparing an Installation Design Guide using elements from the Installation Design Standards, connecting the IDG to the Vision Plan.
Primary Exercise. This class will be conducted in a charrette format. Students will prepare a concept Vision Plan, CIS, mandatory elements of the Vision Plan, and key aspects of the IDG for an installation. Following the charrette, the teaching staff will prepare a Draft, Prefinal, and Final Report that converts the student work into final Vision Plan and IDG.
Duration. 5 days (plus additional time for completion of the Vision Plan and key aspects of the IDG by the teaching staff).
Location. Host Installation.
Key Texts. None.
CEUs: 30

 

2. AREA DEVELOPMENT PLAN PRACTICUM
Students. Engineers, landscape architects, programmers, architects, planners, and real property specialists currently working in the Real Property Planning Branch, as well as other stakeholders at the installation.
Target Audience. Open
Objective. Students will gain an understanding of how design shapes and is shaped by physical, economic, political, social, environmental, and cultural considerations at their installation. Collectively, they will prepare a concept ADP for a section of the installation.
Key Topics. Developing a planning vision, site analysis, program development, alternative preparation and analysis; preferred alternative development and presentation.
Primary Exercise. This class will be conducted in a charrette format. Students will prepare a concept ADP for an area of the installation designated by the installation. Students will be involved in all aspects of ADP preparation from the visualization stage to the production of an illustrative plan. Following the charrette, the teaching staff will prepare a Draft, Prefinal, and Final Report that converts the student work into final ADP documents using CADD and GIS products.
Duration. 5 days (plus additional time for completion of the ADP Report by the teaching staff).
Location. Host Installation.
Key Texts. None.
CEUs: 35

 

3. INSTALLATION DEVELOPMENT PLAN PRACTICUM
Students. Engineers, landscape architects, programmers, architects, planners, and real property specialists currently working in the Real Property Planning Branch, as well as other stakeholders at the installation.
Target Audience: Open
Objective. Students will gain an understanding of how to combine ADPs into an overall Installation Development Plan (IDP). They will learn how to create an installation Illustrative Plan and an installation Regulating Plan. Students will also learn how to create installation network plans for transportation systems, parks and open space networks, primary utility networks, sidewalks and bike paths, and other network plans as needed.
Key Topics. Developing an installation-wide Illustrative Plan and Regulating Plan, preparing network plans as described above.
Primary Exercise. This class will be conducted in a charrette format. Students will prepare a concept IDP for an installation. Following the charrette, the teaching staff will prepare a Draft, Prefinal, and Final Report that converts the student work into final IDP documents using CADD and GIS products.
Duration. 3 days (plus additional time for completion of the IDP Report by the teaching staff.
Location. Host Installation.
Key Texts. None.
CEUs: 21

 

4. MASTER PLAN PROGRAM PREPARATION PRACTICUM
Students. Engineers, landscape architects, programmers, architects, planners, and real property specialists currently working in the Real Property Planning Branch, as well as other stakeholders at the installation.
Target Audience. Open
Objective. Students will gain an understanding of how to program to the plan. They will learn how to integrate program requirements from Area Development Plans into a comprehensive installation program. They will also learn how to identify short and long term program requirements and they will learn about using various funding sources to implement their program including SRM, MILCON, and public-private funding.
Key Topics. Consolidating data into a program
Primary Exercise. This class will be conducted in a charrette format. Students will prepare an outline program for the installation. Students will be involved in all aspects of program preparation. Following the charrette, the teaching staff will prepare a Draft, Prefinal, and Final Report that converts the student work into final program.
Duration. 3 days (plus additional time for completion of the final program by the teaching staff.
Location. Host Installation.
Key Texts. None.
CEUs: 21

 

5. MASTER PLAN DIGEST PREPARATION
Students. Engineers, landscape architects, programmers, architects, planners, and real property specialists currently working in the Real Property Planning Branch, as well as other stakeholders at the installation.
Target Audience. Open
Objective. Students will gain an understanding of how to consolidate plan components into a summary document, oftentimes referred to as a Digest.
Key Topics. Consolidating data into a Digest, graphics for publication, publication strategies, writing for a general audience
Primary Exercise. This class will be conducted in a charrette format. Students will prepare an outline Digest for the installation. Students will be involved in all aspects of Digest preparation. Following the charrette, the teaching staff will prepare a Draft, Prefinal, and Final Report that converts the student work into final Digest.
Duration. 3 days (plus additional time for completion of the final Digest by the teaching staff. Location. Host Installation.
Key Texts. None.
CEUs: 21

 

SUPPORTING COURSES

The PROSPECT courses below provide valuable education and training that would be appropriate for installation planning staff. When time and resources allow, planning staff should enroll in these courses. For details, please refer to the on-line PROSPECT catalogue.

 

1391 PREPARATION (PROSPECT COURSE 253)

 

1391 PROCESSOR (PROSPECT COURSE 252)

 

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS FOR MILCON PROJECTS (PROSPECT COURSE 101)

 

MILCON PROJECT MANAGEMENT (PROSPECT COURSE 088)

 

REAL PROPERTY ASSET MANAGEMENT (PROSPECT COURSE 286)

 

REAL PROPERTY SKILLS (PROSPECT COURSE 150)

 

REAL PROPERTY SPACE UTILIZATION (PROSPECT COURSE 214)

 

 

 

 

 

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