Session 1.7: What You Can Learn From Courthouses about Long-Range Facilities Planning and Asset Management Planning for Your Highly Secure Buildings

APA Federal Planning Division


Friday, May 5, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. EDT

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Planning and prioritizing for highly secure federal facilities is a continuous and interactive process that requires careful consideration of all parameters affecting current and future operations. This includes the identification of planning and security needs, having a vision, goals and objectives to transform long-range plans into non-prospectus and prospectus-level projects. With an evolving federal landscape and increasing need to create safe secure environments, significant changes are taking place and the most effective plans succeed beyond these transitions. Since 1988, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has maintained a long-range facilities planning program for its 491 courthouses located nationwide; these courthouses and the additional facilities that support them total over 29 million usable square feet. The success of the 29 year old program and its qualitative and quantifiable methodology resulted in the 2016 Omnibus Bill for 10 courthouse projects totaling $1 billion. This panel discussion provides an overview of the program and instructs planners on how to develop a facility planning process for a large federal program, prioritizing capital projects, and the strategies used to get funding for our nation’s federal courthouses.


Hollie Dupes

Confirmed Speaker

Hollie Dupes is the National Business Development Manager for Jacobs Consultancy, a 400-person global practice delivering all aspects of planning, programming and asset management services. She is a registered Architect with extensive experience providing master planning, project development studies, and capital investment strategies for Federal clients. Read More

Keith Fentress

Confirmed Speaker

Keith Fentress is the founder and president of Fentress Incorporated (, a real property consulting firm that has served the federal government for 29 years. Major projects include working with the U.S. Courts and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to develop and implement national space reduction ... Read More

Laura Hibbert, LEED AP

Confirmed Speaker

Program Manager, Jacobs

Suzanne Allan, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

As Chief of Long-Range Facilities Planning for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Suzanne oversees long- and short-range planning for federal courthouses nation-wide, including completion of facility condition assessments, long-range facilities plans, prioritization of space needs and new courthouse construction projects, caseload and personnel forecasting, and development of ... Read More

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