The study of building science!


Facilities Planning, Design, and Sustainability Training For:

Health Care Organizations,
Public and Independent Schools, &
Public and Private Agencies.


Strategies for Community &
Stakeholder Involvement in Planning and Design, Current Technical Knowledge Relative to Building Science and Management, Information on How to Create Green Buildings, Relevant Research Concerning the Influence of Facilities on Human Behavior and Attitude, & Emphasis on Excellent HR Skills.

Resulting in:

Professionals with the knowledge and ability to plan, design, and manage facilities, estimate population demand for certain types of facilities, justify space needs, set goals for specifications, apply technology in planning, design, and management, develop concept design, assist architects with schematic design, plan capital funding, plan and oversee construction, remodel or renovate facilities, quote construction projects, interface with vendors and contractors, read and understand construction drawings, and effectively use software required in the facilities planning, design, and management profession.

Prospective students are encouraged to review sample job descriptions & responsibilities - See what the job market is like now, even in our recovering economy.  Experts predict that facilities construction will continue to parallel population growth, creating a demand for planners, designers, and managers!
This expected trend creates a need  for professionals in facilities planning, design, and management, placing a premium on individuals with advanced training grounded in research and technology.  Select key words and search the Internet to verify the trends.

Job Listings:
Employment Opportunities
for Students Completing the FPDM Courses:


Review some Examples of Jobs Which Students Completing The FPDS Program  Can Expect to Obtain.*

*UGA can not guarantee jobs, but the training and education received in this program make a student more competitive in the job market.  This program is designed for graduates of programs such as engineering, education, business, landscape architecture, environmental studies, agriculture, technology, and human relations.  The coordinator of the SDPL  courses is prepared to assist students that complete the program in obtaining employment.

One component of this program allows students to learn about the vital aspects of planning a facility or remodeling an existing structure.

Basic Phases:

1.  Needs Assessment > Regarding people-friendly environments, where is the organization?  Where should it be?
2. Population Forecasting > Do we need a long-range client population forecast or a five-year projection? 
3. Program Evaluation > What types of work activities or program does this organization need?
4. Facilities Evaluation > Do we remodel, retrofit, or build a new structure?  
5. Programming > How do we tie the facility and program together for the betterment of workers and clients?
6. Goals for Design >  What types of work or learning spaces are needed?   How will facilities engineering help us build to accommodate "green principles"? 
7.  Design > What are the steps in designing a "green," people-friendly facility? 

The SDPL Program Includes the Study of Planning, Designing, and Managing Work, Recreation & School Environments.  It Provides Basic and Advanced Courses for Students Interested in This Exciting Career Track.

During the program of study, students complete a practicum (apprenticeship) by working
closely with a company or organization in their selected field of study (education, health care, business, industry, or recreation).  In addition to technical knowledge including computer operations, CAD, and project management software, candidates are expected to acquire information allowing them to plan, design, and serve high quality people-friendly facilities.

In the SDPL  program as it currently exists, the student may elect to emphasize the study of facilities management.  This tract provides one formal course and apprenticeship!  Emphasis may be placed equally on planning or design.

  One objective of the program is to teach students how lead and inform stakeholders
and owners about appropriate goals for concept design - goals that ensure high quality people-friendly facilities.

In General, all planning activities should be led by qualified planners.

For Health Care, Business, and Recreation:  Qualified planners are people that have been trained in facility planning, design, and management with knowledge of the organization for which the planning is accomplished! 

For Education:  Qualified planners are educators who
have been trained in educational facility planning! 

The existing SDPL program can train and educates students with majors in health care, business, engineering, industry, architecture, science, public policy, recreation, and education.  The program emphasizes the basic principles of how to plan, design, and manage a facility.

For more information contact: cktanner@uga.edu

For more information contact: cktanner@uga.edu