FACILITIES  PLANNING,    DESIGN,  & SUSTAINABILITY                                                             

Planning   Students in SDPL Receive Basic and Advanced Training and an Apprenticeship in How to Provide Facility Planning, Design, & Sustainability Services for Public and Private Organizations!

Students in the FPDS Program Learn How to Conduct  Focused, Strategic, and Concept  Planning Activities For

Educational Organizations
Health Care Organizations,

Public and Independent Schools, &
Public and Private Agencies,

With Emphasis on

Community & Stakeholder Involvement,

Resulting in

Goals for Specifications,
Concept Design,
Keys to Architect Selection,
Schematic Design, &
Capital Funding.

The FPDM Program Emphasizes Collaborative Planning With

Students learn through apprenticeship how to participate in
Advanced Planning as consultants.

Students in the  FPDS Program Study Tactics & Strategies for Planning a People-Friendly, Sustainable Environment

They learn that one vital asset in planning is the ability to inform decision makers about the complexities of planning a facility or remodeling an existing structure.  Within this context they learn how to conduct & participate in  PRE DESIGN and PRE-PLANNING ACTIVITIES.

Students in the FPDS Program study the dynamics, details, & necessary responses associated with the 7 basic Phases  in Environmental Planning & Design:

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 type of work activities or program does this organization engage in?
4. Facilities Evaluation > Do we remodel, retrofit, or build a new structure?  
5. Programming > How do we tie the physical environment 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 value engineering help us build to accommodate "green principles"? 
7.  Design > What are the steps in designing a "green," people-friendly facility? 

An Apprenticeship Makes up 25% of the Program.

The FPDS Program prepares students to work effectively with organizations that are planning built Environments

Students focus on appropriate strategies to lead and inform stakeholders and owners about appropriate goals for concept design -  goals that ensure high quality, people-friendly, sustainable facilities.

The FPDS Program teaches participants how the design of built environments influences work, recreation, and learning outcomes.

Understanding the basics of
project management is a learning goal of the FPDS Program.

Students learn that planning activities should be led by qualified planners.....

Those students that are also educators can become qualified planners through training in
the FPDS program! 

Students that have experience and education in health care, business, industry, and recreation study, train, and complete a practicum in their respective area before they can qualify as

Overall, our candidates for the job market are people that have been trained in
planning physical environments, and that have knowledge of the organization for which the planning is to be accomplished! 

The University of Georgia's FPDS Program is prepared to train students in the process for planning environments for work, learning, and recreation.