This Project Planning Guide has been developed to assist all of those who
develop GSA's Capital Program in evaluating, developing, and implementing federal
About This Guide
For GSA staff about to embark on a Feasibility Study or Program Development Study
(PDS), this Guide outlines the project delivery process and keys to success. For other
participants in a Feasibility Study or PDS effort, this Guide provides information on
how you can support the process, as a team member, expert resource, or intended user
of the final product.
This Guide is divided into five main chapters 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. The section includes summary sheets of each
study and an overall project activity timeline.
What's Important and When discusses GSA's primary business and program goals
as presented in the Feasibility Study and PDS.
Pre-Planning Phase describes the role that GSA's daily management of facility
requirements, customer needs, and portfolio planning play in the project
development process. GSA professionals know that projects seldom have a cold
start. They germinate slowly over time as requirements accumulate. Managing
this process is important to project scoping and planning.
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 success to develop a sound project and site/design
funding request. It explains that the Feasibility Study is the core of this process,
but not the only ingredient needed for success.