Curriculum Developer and Trainer, Context Sensitive Solutions Training Suite, Minnesota Department of Transportation (Continuous since 2007)
Jack Broz has been instrumental in creating and delivering a newly revised suite of training courses for integrating the principals and practices of Context Sensitive Solutions into MnDOT’s standard project delivery process. This expanded CSS curriculum updated and enhanced an existing introductory workshop and added two additional specialized courses to foster a comprehensive understanding of how to best integrate the delivery of transportation projects into the totality of a community’s needs. Three courses comprise the new curriculum: a CSS Workshop, an Advanced Flexibility in Design course, and a culminating course on developing Complete Streets. Avenue Design Partner’s trademark approach for finding Appropriate Transportation Solutions, provides the foundation for this training curriculum. This approach builds a comprehensive problem statement by expanding the traditional transportation problem statement to include the interests of the community and regulatory agencies. By combining the technical, community and regulatory interests into a single problem statement and subsequently into an integrated set of goals, alternative solutions can be creatively identified and efficiently evaluated on their effectiveness to address the separate but linked concerns of each stakeholder group. The three courses are:
This 2-day workshop focuses on building an understanding of CSS practices and techniques presenting and fostering a discussion about lessons learned in a wide-range of case studies. A simulated team exercise involves identifying key stakeholders, establishing their concerns and measurable goals, developing and evaluating a range of solutions, selecting a preferred alternative that is satisfactory to the technical, regulatory, and community stakeholders.
MnDOT Advanced Flexibility in Design Training
This course delves into the technical design criteria to understand the inherent flexibility in design required to provide community and environmental issues using a series of presentations, discussions, and exercises. It particularly focuses on integrating pedestrian, bicycle, and transit needs into the planning and design process. A special emphasis are field walks with pedestrians who are blind and pedestrians in an unpowered wheel chair to understand first-hand the issues that emerge for individuals with disabilities.
Complete Streets Workshops
This two-day class focuses on the multimodal design process applying the principals taught in the first two courses to transportation problems in urban, suburban and rural settings. An emphasis on creating and using a robust decision-making process, allows for a more inclusive process that involves all stakeholders, an interdisciplinary team, and a consideration of all modes of transportation. Techniques for establishing modal priorities includes a model based on the performance requirements of each mode is taught with an emphasis on accommodating pedestrians first, followed by transit, bicycling, and vehicular modes.
Curriculum Developer and Trainer, Visual Impact Assessment (VIA), California Department of Transportation. (2008-2010)
Working with technical experts from Caltrans, Craig developed the curriculum and provided training for a three day class on how to implement the FHWA Visual Impact Assessment (VIA) process for Caltrans staff. The assessment of visual impacts is required on all Caltrans projects but consistency in applying the FHWA VIA process varied across the state. Caltrans asked Craig to develop a training program for teaching the FHWA VIA method to create consistency in applying the VIA method and consistency in producing VIA and environmental documents. Classes taught nearly 300 people from January 2009 to May 2010. Craig converted the content of the three day class, including producing a narrative for the PowerPoint, into an on-line course still offered by Caltrans at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LandArch/via_training/index.htm. He also developed on-line templates to be used for different levels of visual impact assessments from minor, moderate, advanced, to complex projects.
Curriculum Developer and Trainer, Context Sensitive Solutions Manual and Training Program, Michigan Department of Transportation (2005-2008)
Working with MDOT’s Context Sensitive Solutions Steering Committee, developed the curriculum, classroom materials, and on-line reference materials for teaching the basics of Context Sensitive Solutions theory and practice. Developed and produced a classroom manual and reference material that included national and regional case studies, reviews of important CSS texts, and a listing of CSS-related web-sites. Taught over 800 MDOT employees from January to May 2006. At the request of several state Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), the training was adapted for a municipal audience. Sponsored by MDOT, the MPO training taught an additional 150 stakeholders how to participate in MDOT’s CSS process. In 2008, the training was extended to include consulting engineers. Over 50 engineers representing approximately 40 firms were provided the training.
Curriculum Developer, CSD Training, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison (2002)
Developed outline of three-day CSD training course including the development of instructional goals and objectives, course structure and content, selection of interactive adult learning methods, and supplemental pre- and post-training learning activities and resources. The course outline was based on personal CSD project experience, extensive site reviews of key historic and contemporary CSD projects across the country, interviews with nationally prominent CSD practitioners, a thorough literature review of CSD materials, and an audit of CSD training methods used by Departments of Transportation in Minnesota, Maryland, Connecticut, Kentucky, and New Jersey. Teaching methods were developed as a result of nearly twenty years of teaching experience and in collaboration with an adult learning specialist.
Adjunct Faculty, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (1980-1999)
Developed curriculum and taught six-credit undergraduate Introductory and Intermediate Design Studios (1980-1986) including instruction in the aesthetic principles of design, ecological land planning, and community design.
Developed curriculum and taught a four-credit Introductory Landscape Architectural Theory class (1989-1999) focusing on the natural and cultural influences that have shaped the design of the American landscape.
Jack Broz has developed and participated in a series of webinars and forums to integrate best practices into the MnDOT delivery of transportation improvements. These webinars are available for viewing on-line at http://www.contextsensitive.umn.edu/workshops/past/
So You Want to Build a Cross Section
February 18, 2014
Design Speed and Beyond: Concepts, Principles, and Practices
December 18, 2013
Flexible and Performance-Based Design Overview
March 13, 2013
MnDOT's Move to Greater Flexibility in Design
December 11, 2012
Integrating Construction, Operations, and Maintenance into Transportation Planning and Design
March 28, 2012
Maintaining Pedestrian Access through Construction & Maintenance Work Zones
December 8, 2011
Integrating CSS in Construction, Operations & Maintenance: Lessons Learned and Opportunities to Pursue
June 28, 2011
Forum on Integrating Context Sensitive Solutions in MnDOT Services and Programs
February 27–28, 2012
A MnDOT Forum: Integrating Context Sensitive Solutions in Construction, Operations, and Maintenance
July 29, 2010
Design Excellence through Context Sensitive Solutions
March 9-10, 2010
Flexible Design for 21st Century Challenges: Balancing Competing Objectives and Optimizing Return on Investments Forum
February 23-24, 2009
The VIA training for CALTRANS and the MnDOT CSS training were delivered as employees of Avenue Design Partners. The CSS training for Michigan DOT was produced and presented as an employee of HNTB. The CSS training manual for WISDOT was produced as an employee of SEH. Participation in webinars after July 2013 were as an employee of Avenue Design Partners. Participation before July 2013 was as an employee of H. R. Green.