The Center For Public Safety

Spatial Needs Assessments

A spatial needs assessment is an early, essential part of a comprehensive planning approach to achieving a new facility. The Center for Public Safety (CPS) can provide either preliminary or a detailed analysis that will define the functional needs and scope of future facilities. This can serve as a planning tool for the future. We will seek, through personal meetings and an established communication process, to set realistic goals and to build a consensus for the study document. It is a primary goal that when the work product is complete, our client will have an easy to read document that will serve as a vision for its future needs. The space needs provides four important elements of the planning process:

  • Identifies and documents deficiencies of the existing facility or facilities
  • Provides a preliminary or detailed space-by-space definition of the elements to be included in the new facility, including projections for future facility needs.
  • Provides the initial budget analysis and options for identifying the cost of an appropriate facility.
  • Initiates the political process necessary to creating a consensus for a new facility.
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