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Asset / Facility Management

Location Trends in the Food Industry: What’s Driving Decision-Making in 2017?

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (2017 Food Processing)

When working with economic developers, food processing companies should look for an industry-specific value proposition supported with compelling data and local insight. More

Resiliency Considerations — Is Your Facility At Risk?

Bob Geiger, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science (Q4 2017)

Property owners who properly assess, maintain, and upgrade their facilities so that they are resilient to natural disasters — and who have contingency plans in place — will save time and money, and protect the value of their asset, in the long run. More

Is There A Warehouse in Retail Assets’ Future?

Ben Conwell, Senior Managing Director and Practice Leader, eCommerce and Electronic Fulfillment Specialty Practice Group , Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q4 2017)

Reviving dead malls as warehouses is not as easy as it may seem; they’re more likely to become “lifestyle” destinations or mixed-use complexes. More

The Future of Corporate Sustainability

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q4 2017)

Although U.S. companies are facing less political pressure to continue their sustainability efforts, they will continue to do so in response to workforce and customer demands. More

Technological and Other Changes Steering Logistics Decisions

Bill Luttrell, Senior Locations Strategist, Werner Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises (Q4 2017)

For manufacturing and distribution…it’s logistics, logistics, logistics, which is revolutionizing the supply chain — including the location decision process. More

Industry Sea Changes Affecting U.S. Shipping Gateways

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL (Q4 2017)

Damage from recent hurricanes could have a ripple effect across U.S. seaports, underscoring the rising demand for more sophisticated industrial real estate and infrastructure. More

First Person: Siemens Real Estate’s Use of Intelligent Space Design Impacts Employee Productivity and the Bottom Line

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Region Americas, Siemens Real Estate, Siemens Real Estate (Q4 2017)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Michael Kruklinski about intelligent space management at Siemens and how office configuration can play a role in employee satisfaction and productivity. More

Shedding Light on Human Energy in Facility Design

Brandon Tinianov, Vice President of Business Development, View, Inc. (Q3 2017)

Natural light in the workplace enhances “human energy,” which generates immense shared value for property owners. Given the stresses of modern manufacturing, this may be more critical than ever in the industrial workplace. More

New FASB Lease Standard Targets Real Estate Conflicts of Interests

Howard Ecker, President & CEO, Howard Ecker + Company (Q3 2017)

It’s time for CFOs to act to protect themselves from brokers who are working both ends of a real estate deal by securing a “No Conflict Assurance Statement” from their agents. More

Scheduling, Planning & Front-End Loading (FEL) Can Keep Projects Open During Construction

Gavin Kaleta, Mechanical Department Manager, SSOE (Q3 2017)

Early engineering paves the way for feasible, cost-efficient repair and renovation projects. More

In Focus: For Property Managers, a Penny Spent is a Penny Earned

Matt Lanfear, CEO, Great Eastern Energy (Q2 2017)

By making smart energy-saving investments, property managers will reap long-term savings. More

Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Lara Hermanson, Co-Founder & Principal, Farmscape (Q2 2017)

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers. More

Efficient Pallet Storage in Industrial Warehouse and Distribution Space

Bill Bavagnoli, President, Specialized Storage Systems (Q1 2017)

In order to optimize productivity and profitability of your warehouse, consider product size, the available area, and the method of product retrieval. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Available Buildings

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

People expect near-instant delivery on just about everything these days, and companies seeking new facilities are more likely than ever to want to pick a location and have it up and running as quickly as possible. More

Environmental Considerations for Planning A New Operation

Cindy Madrick, Vice President, Business Development, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc. (Q4 2016)

Once a business has narrowed down its location choices, it must implement an environmental and safety strategy to address all stages of planning and compliance. More

For Optimized Building Design, Consider the Key Priorities

Al Fullerton, Trane (Q4 2016)

When evaluating efficiency, it’s important to look beyond a single piece of equipment, as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. More

Three Steps for Disaster Planning Toward a Smooth Recovery

Jay Shelton, Senior Vice President, Risk Management Services, Assurance (Q4 2016)

Whether you manage or own one building or 500, a proactive recovery plan can significantly limit business disruption and restore critical services as soon after a disaster as possible. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are some best practices that can guide you in your planning... More

A “Clean” Phase I Environmental Assessment of Industrial Sites Is Just the Start

Chris Biddle, Beazley Group (Q4 2016)

Environmental Site Assessments typically used to certify that a site is free of contamination from previous uses may leave companies vulnerable to unexpected additional costs for environmental remediation. Additional investigation and protection is merited at industrial sites. More

A Business-Driven Approach to Utility Infrastructure

Jim Lewis, Electrical Controls Department Manager and Principal , SSOE (Q4 2016)

Whether a utility project is driven by production capacity, energy efficiency, regulatory requirements, or environmental sustainability, its ultimate objective is to add value to the business. More

Adaptive Reuse and Infill Projects Change the Urban Landscape

Michael McCormick, President & CEO, McCormick Construction (Q3 2016)

Although there are some challenges to adaptive reuse and infill projects, they can help to develop creative office space in historic, vibrant metro areas, while boosting ROI and environmental sustainability, and catering to the local community and talent pool. More

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