Space Needs Assessment Trestle Strategy group

TRESTLE STRATEGY GROUP is a consulting firm located in Boulder, Colorado that specializes in real estate strategy and entitlements, owner’s representation, project management, needs assessment, facilities planning and community engagement. The firm oversees real estate development and construction projects from concept to completion, delivering impeccable project management, intelligent strategy, and smart solutions. We understand the intricacies of development and thrive in complex situations. Our goal is to help you feel the same way – smart, informed, and successful.

In a space needs assessment project, Trestle analyzes the status quo and compare it to industry standards to find out what your facility is missing. These fact-based findings are presented to our clients and include our own recommendation for the best course of action. Trestle can also perform a financial feasibility analysis for different options.

Non-Profit, Municipal, and Private Organizations

Phased Approach

Our team has extensive experience developing facility and space plans for complicated building types by utilizing a phased approach driven by project goals that are collaboratively established by all key stakeholders. Our experience analyzing, organizing and producing these types of plans gives our clients confidence that we can produce a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan that identifies current facility conditions, space needs, adjacencies, special requirements, and demographic trends with the correct level of detail to establish a robust and enduring plan.

Our approach explores potential space programming solutions and identifies a “preferred strategy and roadmap” for the next ten to twenty years.

Facility Assessment

The first phase typically includes site- tours, analysis, and documentation of the existing space and facilities characterization of existing workspace environments; interviews of first level supervisors, and additional staff to define goals and objectives of the project and to understand future employment growth, current deficiencies and space needs. We develop consensus among all stakeholders; identify opportunities, adjacencies and efficiencies; and create a brief summary outlining our findings.

We identify opportunities, adjacencies, and efficiencies for improved operations.

Space Program Analysis and Recommendations

We take the information accumulated during our facility assessment and identify the size, infrastructure needs, and character of the spaces required. The analysis documents current conditions, outlines and prioritizes anticipated needs, identifies operational recommendations, considerations and site and building improvements including initial cost estimates and phasing options. A draft budget is prepared at this time to evaluate costs and identify priorities.

Recognizing the site improvements and cost implications with development code requirements.


During this phase, we map out and evaluate potential facility scenarios. Utilizing the research and findings from Phases 1 and 2, Trestle works closely with the primary stakeholders to evaluate and analyze the strategies for improved adjacencies and operational efficiencies for a ten to twenty year timeframe. We score alternatives and identify the optimum plan. The “Preferred Strategy and Road-map” details our recommendations and next steps for implementation. We understand that there are many moving parts considering the multiple stakeholders involved; however, all of these parts will be fully analyzed and incorporated into this comprehensive, yet streamlined, planning effort.

Scenario comparisons to help your organization make a confident decision.

Presentation and Adoption

During the final phase, Trestle presents findings, options, and recommendations for consideration and comment. Revisions are made and a final report is presented.

City of Boulder

Facilities Master Plan Update

Space Needs Assessment, Finance and Cost Analysis, and Facility Planning

City of Boulder Fire-Rescue Department

Fire Station 3 & 4 and Administration Building

Space Needs Assessment, Facility Planning, and Site Selection Analysis

Shining Mountain Waldorf School

Campus Master Planning and Community Engagement

City of Boulder

Recently Acquired Former Hospital Facility

Facility Assessment, Cost Estimation, and Community Engagement

Town of Lyons Public Works Department

Space Needs Assessment, Facility Planning, Community Engagement, and Site Selection Analysis

City of Boulder's Police Department

Public Safety Building

Space Needs Assessment, Facility Planning, and Cost Estimating

Mental Health Partners

MHP Facilities

Facility Assessment Master Planning and Site Selection Analysis

City of Boulder's Municipal Court

Space Needs Assessment

Trestle Strategy Group

Danica Powell | Owner & Founder | 303.579.6221

Cole Meleyco | Project Manager | 408.828.8394

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