Flad Presenting at APA Federal Planning Division Annual Training Workshop

From Proving Ground to Proving Ground: Moving from Centralized to Collaborative Planning


Tuesday, May 14, 2024
1:00 - 2:00 pm (EDT)

National Housing Center // Washington, D.C.

From its World War II origins as the Naval Proving Ground to a rapid post-war shift to support atomic research, the Central Facilities Area (CFA) at Idaho National Laboratory evolved from mission-driven to mission-support without significant changes to layout, adjacencies, or functionality of the campus over the years.

Last year, INL launched an effort to re-envision CFA to not only continue its critical support operations but also support research and development of expanding mission capabilities. Numerous programs across the laboratory collaborated to create the concept for an Energy Technology Proving Ground (ETPG) to showcase scalability of a range of clean energies as the nation moves toward carbon-free electricity.

At the upcoming Federal Planning Division's Annual Training Workshop, Associate Principal Matt McCord will join INL's Brad Cramer and Mary Scales to lead a presentation that will explore the history and evolution of the CFA as well as the planning efforts that shaped it, ranging from centralized to collaborative decision making. They will also demonstrate techniques for bringing diverse stakeholders together to engage, collaborate, and find common vision while developing achievable implementation strategies.

About the Event >
The Federal Planning Division (FPD) Annual Training Workshop is the premier event for federal planners and planners from other government and commercial sectors, offering invaluable learning, networking, and professional development opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to actively contribute and shape the future of federal planning.

Matt McCordMatt McCord AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C Associate PrincipalFlad Architects
Brad CramerBrad Cramer Senior Campus Master PlannerIdaho National Laboratory
Mary ScalesMary Scales Strategic Land Use Program ManagerIdaho National Laboratory