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Technical Advisor Requirement

Locating an engineering or planning professional

Task One

Locate an engineering professional (civil or architectural engineer or professional planner) to assist your team and provide a 200 word biography of the individual to include early memories regarding an occupation preference.

Task Two

Explain how his/her education is relevant to the proposed project, why they selected their profession, and what professional organizations your technical advisor is affiliated with (if any).

Task Three

Prior to the end of the project, the teamís technical advisor will ask a colleague to provide a critique of the student teamís proposed project in an e-mail format that is appended to the final project website.

Important Note: Our ISTF experience continues to demonstrate the importance of the role of an on-line technical advisor. This is why we have elevated their role to a program requirement in the COT. The technical advisor is the subject matter expert and will significantly contribute to the studentsí understanding of the project.

Component One

Prepare a Basic Needs Assessment

Task One

Identify local demographics (who  would use the proposed facility and how often) and provide and assessment of community impact (why it is needed and how it will benefit the community).

Task Two

Address the handicapped accessibility (how disabled persons will access the site) and provide and environmental impact statement (what impact the facility will have on the environment).

Task Three

Identify two similar developments in other communities, include usage data (who is using it and how often), what are the cost for up keeping and what organization is responsible for managing the facility.

Important Note: It is not sufficient to address each task with a one to two sentence response. Nor is the COT in search of superfluous opinions, supposition or conjecture. We seek documented facts using hyperlinks if data is from the Internet, sound reasoning and use of pictures or other illustrations if germane to the proposed.

Component Two

Research Land Use and Site Plan Development Requirement

Task One

Where would your proposed development be located and why this location? Include a map view and aerial view using Google Earth, provide details regarding current and planned zoning and availability of utilities.

Task Two

What requirements must your team meet for planned parking, pedestrian walkways and access to public transit?

Task Three

What are the requirements for landscaping, adherence to arbor laws, security lighting/fencing and projected length of time to completion?

Important Note: If the student team is proposing a building or an addition, it will be necessary to also address space allocation requirements regarding maximum capacity, fire safety code considerations and provide a brief description of the building materials used.

Component Three

Provide a budget for the development/maintenance of the facility and rendering of the design

Task One

Provide a digital rendering of the proposed development. Include proposed structures (bathrooms, office areas, parking), existing right of ways and connections of facility to existing public/private streets and plans for off-site drainage.

Task Two

Provide a detailed, line item budget that includes property costs, the cost of construction and include a separate budget for yearly maintenance costs.

Task Three

What were your student team's cost in time and effort to participate in the COT? Give three examples of what your learned.

Important Note: The digital rendering may consist of a hand made drawing that is scanned as a digital document to designing the rendering using AutoCAD or another computer aided design tool. Be sure to go back to the technical advisor component and have his or her colleague provide an assessment of your work.