Since 1988, Fentress Incorporated has worked with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) on its Long-Range Facilities Planning Program. The Asset Management Planning (AMP) process began in 2005 as a way for the Federal Judiciary to more effectively and objectively assess space needs across its national portfolio of courthouses.
The AMP process is a comprehensive approach that includes the key elements of strategic facilities planning processes:
- Analysis of demographic, economic, and geographic trends
- Statistical forecasting for caseload, judges, and personnel
- On-site interviews with court personnel and facility tours
- Comprehensive facility assessments using objective courthouse performance metrics
- Space needs identified by calculating the performance gap for each courthouse
- Housing strategy developed to meet space needs
The AMP process develops alternative housing strategies to address each courthouse's space needs, including identifying the interim projects that might be needed to provide space until the long-term housing solution is in place. The objective of the AMP process is to help the Judiciary achieve the best value per dollar for courthouse projects in both the short and long term. As part of the AMP process, information and recommendations are published in Long-Range Facilities Plans (LRFPs) for each court district and circuit, and are used to identify and prioritize potential projects submitted for the Circuit Rent Budget (CRB) initiative and the Federal Judiciary Courthouse Project Priorities (CPP).
The recommendations developed by Fentress in preparing Long-Range Facilities Plans were used by the AOUSC to gain funding from Congress in 2016 for the construction of new courthouses in Nashville, TN; Des Moines, IA; and Mobile, AL, as well as major annexes to existing courthouses in Toledo, OH; Charlotte, NC; and Savannah, GA. Our recommendations also resulted in future funding for a new courthouse in Chattanooga, TN and new annexes in San Juan, PR and Norfolk, VA.