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The 4 Ultimate Benefits of Master Planning

March 24th, 2010

Site and Facility Master Planning provides you the ability to walk into the future with ease knowing your business strategy is documented and that your capital assets support your organizations near and long-term organizational, operational and functional needs.

Simply beginning as an inquiry into the possibility of increasing the number of Border Patrol Agents at a Border Patrol Station from 35 to 50, the Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Patrol Agency determined that a Site and Facility Master Planning effort was is need.

As an outcome of the Master Planning effort, DHS/CBP gained the following: 

 

1. The proposed plan corrected operational inefficiencies and provided a  safer work environment for the agents.

2. The land feasibility study helped determine the agent capacity for the existing owned property.

3. The planning process helped generate a near and long term growth plan within budget constraints.

4. The building strategy utilized much of the existing structure as possible, reducing overall project costs.

 

Performa’s Justice Team met with representatives from the CBP Headquarters, Detroit Sector and the Detroit Border Patrol Agent-in-Charge to determine the project’s form, function, economic and time goals and objectives, define near- and long-term space requirements and discuss the necessary adjacencies between departments for optimal staff workflow. Space facility programs and cost models were developed for 25, 50, 75 and 100 agent Border Patrol Stations. Using this information Performa conducted existing site capacity studies, to determine how large of a Station could be placed on the existing site.

The analysis indicated that the existing 25 agent Station was landlocked and could not expand to the desired 50 agent Station.

The Performa Planning and Design Team were asked to assess a site and facilities located within the Fort Wayne Military Museum. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the City of Detroit and partially occupied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Using the station requirements and site evaluation criteria established during an interactive needs assessment workshop, Performa developed alternative master plans with associated project costs. Each alternative illustrated how the Station could be accommodated.

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