ICPA Planning and Design Hub – Stage 1 Completed

Overview

The purpose of this article is to provide an update on the ICPA Planning and Design Hub (PD-Hub) project.

Brief update of the ICPA PD-Hub

The ICPA PD-Hub is an online space proposed and developed by the ICPA Planning and Design Network. It is a global website intended to assist administrators and architects across the world in planning, designing and constructing correctional facilities that align with the values of ICPA. The PD-Hub has 7 main sections through which people can engage and get involved:

  • How To – basic guidelines and resources for administrators to go through before committing to planning and design a new facility
  • About – introduction to website, its purpose and key contact details
  • Projects – project summaries including images, download files and comments
  • People – users on the website, presented with their focus areas, as well as projects and resources they have uploaded
  • Resources – resource summaries along with download files and comments
  • Discussion – forum for users to share ideas, collaborate and provide feedback on various topics
  • Contribute – place to upload projects and resources so that they may be validated and presented on the website


 

ICPA membership will be required to contribute resources and projects, and participate in the discussion forums and download project reports.

Project Delivery

Website infrastructure

The delivery of the project has a stage 1 and stage 2 release. For each stage we will first release it the Planning and Design Network for feedback, then the ICPA community and finally we will launch it publically. After each release we will ask for feedback. The functions associated with each stage are:

  • Stage 1 involves implementing the first 5 functions:
    • How To – basic guidelines and resources for administrators to go through before committing to planning and design a new facility
    • About – introduction to website, its purpose and key contact details
    • Projects – project summaries including images, download files and comments
    • People – users on the website, presented with their focus areas, as well as projects and resources they have uploaded
    • Resources – resource summaries along with download files and comments
  • Stage 2 involves implementing the last two functions
    • Discussion – forum for users to share ideas, collaborate and provide feedback on various topics
    • Contribute – place to upload projects and resources so that they may be validated and presented on the website

The website is currently ready for stage 1 release with all development tasks complete. We plan to launch this exciting new resource in the summer.

Author: Dr Rohan Lulham, University of Technology Sydney