Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC)

Partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) for GSA and the U.S. Department of State replaces nineteen scattered training facilities. The new 1,700 acre facility, located at Fort Pickett in Nottoway County, Virginia, consolidates the training functions of the Diplomatic Security Service program. Each year the facility will accommodate more than 10,000 students in the development of hard and soft skills.

KCCT researched potential sites and conducted interviews of all training personnel, capturing the mission requirements for more than forty venues, including an indoor firing range; baffled indoor/outdoor tactical range; explosive demonstration range; live-fire shoot house; rappel tower; tactical maze; tactical training building; high speed anti-terrorism driving tracks; unimproved road driving course; vehicle maintenance shop; post-blast training range; explosives simulation alley, classroom buildings; dormitories, dining facility, athletic field, parking garages; armory; fitness center; mock outdoor urban training facility (MOUT) and an off road driving course. These requirements were the framework for the POR that serves to inform the Master Plan.  The POR, through its 1,000 pages of criteria, includes each facility’s personnel counts, adjacencies, building equipment, requirements for future expansion, communication/IT requirements, security, infrastructure requirements, parking requirements, prototypical requirements, and requirements to achieve minimum LEED silver.

Under the GSA Design Excellence Program and GSA Chief Architect, KCCT designed a master plan and three alternatives for evaluation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Reflecting the guiding principles of Design Excellence, the vision of the master plan was to envelope a practical and functional training center within a distinctive context inspired by the natural character of the site.  The vision was achieved by establishing live and work zones within the community environment.  These zones created the community within while intertwining with the surrounding Fort Pickett Community.  Venues were designed of the ground versus on the ground, maintaining and celebrating the natural contours and characters of the site.  The Final Master Plan provided the organization, content and designs for all soft and hard skills venues. Following a Record of Decision (ROD) under an Environmental Impact Statement under NEPA,

KCCT was the prime contractor responsible for all master planning and schematic design tasks.  GSA issued the Master Plan and corresponding Schematic Building Plans for phased contract documents and construction.  The Master Plan was completed within the last 8 years and the project construction estimates were well in excess of $1,000,000.  At present time, final phase construction is nearing completion while still incorporating the vision of the Master Plan.



Blackstone, VA


1,500 Acres


General Services Administration


U.S. Department of State




• Architecture
• Master Planning
• Sustainable Design
• Security
• Programming