Deploy New Core CSS Workshop in FY08 & Develop Advanced Flexibility in Design Curriculum for FY09

Principal Investigator(s):

Jim Grothaus, Former Sr Dir, Tech Assist, Center for Transportation Studies

Project summary:

One, two-day core foundations CSS workshop will be delivered to a wide range of stakeholders. The primary audience for the training sessions will be Mn/DOT staff responsible for program management; and project planning, development, construction, operations and maintenance. Representatives from selected stakeholder groups would also be included as participants or presenters in order to provide a range of viewpoints and persons with varying areas of expertise. Participant materials will be prepared for use during the workshops. A compilation of pertinent articles and reference material will also be available for participants. Together, the training and supporting materials will enhance the key principles of Minnesota Department of Transportation's present project development process and integrate certain elements of various other initiatives - including project management, environmental education, public involvement, and flexibility in the highway design process. The training workshops will be structured to be interactive with the participants. Local case studies will be used to demonstrate the elements of context sensitive solutions. Small groups, working on specific projects, will be asked to develop ideas for implementing context sensitive solutions on a particular case study. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences and gain input from others on ways to implement context sensitive solution processes into their projects. A training curriculum for a new class on Advanced Flexibility in Design will be developed. This training will have a Minnesota theme to it that will cover a wide variety of topics. This unique course will examine the leading edge issues and challenges in the successful application of flexibility in design to achieve CSS.

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