preliminary planning and programming
This chapter deals with GSA's requirements for cost estimating during the design and construction
phases of a project. It defines and describes the scope and level of detail required for each potential
deliverable and product required, in the context of each phase of the project. For information on
the feasibility study and program development study (PDS) phases of a capital project, see GSA's
Project Planning Guide, available in PDF format at www.gsa.gov, which is briefly described below.
1 project planning guide
GSA developed the Project Planning Guide to assist participants in the Capital Program
development process in evaluating, developing, and implementing Federal facilities projects.
The guide outlines the project delivery process and offers some keys to success.
The guide is divided into five sections and several appendices:
Overview of GSA's Capital Program Outlines GSA's basic capital program
development-planning process and the fundamental roles of the feasibility study and
the program development study.
What's Important and When Discusses GSA's primary business and program goals
as presented in the feasibility study and the PDS.
Pre-Planning Phase Describes the role played by GSA's daily management of facility
requirements, customer needs, and portfolio planning in the project development
Feasibility Study Phase Outlines the process for beginning, conducting, and
completing a feasibility study, a process that ends with the submission of the
prospectus package for site and design funding. This section describes the process,
deliverables, and keys to successful development of a sound project and site/design-
Program Development Study (PDS) Phase Outlines the process for evaluating
the feasibility study as the foundation for the PDS, digesting new information, refining
the project, and directing the project's design and construction strategy. This section
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