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ADA 25 Years Later: It’s All About Education for Industrial Facility Owners

Tom Walsh, Senior Principal, Stantec and Jerry Serbonich, Project Manager, Stantec (Q4 2015)

A lot has changed since the act was passed in 1990, with building owners and designers becoming more educated and understanding the spirit of the law. More

In Focus: Funding Solar Projects for Commercial Facilities

Megan Birney, Director of Strategic Affairs, Wiser Capital LLC (Q4 2015)

Although companies can reap huge savings from installing solar energy, they may need to employ some creative strategies in order to secure project financing and must also consider the real estate available for such an installation. More

Frontline: Walmart’s “Made in USA” Program Encourages Reshoring

Karen Thuermer (Q4 2015)

This year Walmart partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to help companies manufacture more consumer products in the U.S. The mission of the Reshoring Initiative is to bring good, well-paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States by assisting companies to more accurately assess their total cost of offshoring, and shift collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership.” More

In Focus: Leveraging Applications Experts and Tools for Effective HVAC Systems

Brian Fiegen, Systems and Applications Leader, Trane (Q4 2015)

Given the complexity of HVAC systems, their impact on performance, and the investment required, leveraging the expertise of HVAC manufacturer applications can be a critical enhancement. More

Ak-Chin Indian Community Offer Long-Term Advantages to Food Processing Facilities

Area Development Research Desk (2015 Food Processing)

Food processing companies can benefit from locating on Native American reservations, such as the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s industrial park, with an established agricultural supply chain, close proximity to workforce and transportation, low electric costs, and unparalleled tax advantages. More

Facility Engineering, Design & Construction to Support Food Processing

Phil Seale, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing Market, Food & Beverage Market, Gray Construction (2015 Food Processing)

Food processors are leaving no stone unturned during the engineering and design phase to ensure their facilities can meet consumer demands for product safety and quality. More

Integrated Planning for Food Processing Facility Expansion

Cory Wendt, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (2015 Food Processing)

Developing a successful facility expansion strategy requires focused insights from all teams led by a full-time project manager and often aided by outside expertise. More

Integrated Project Delivery for Industrial Manufacturing Facilities

Brian Gallagher, Director of Marketing, O’Neal, Inc. (Q3 2015)

Enabled by collaboration software, IPD is helping industrial manufacturers reduce risk, achieve predictable results, and maximize the effectiveness of capital funding. More

In Focus: How Intelligent Services Can Reduce Building Costs

Neil Maldeis, Trane (Q3 2015)

Intelligent services and the data they provide can help building owners reduce their environmental impact, improve building performance, optimize energy spend, and improve the bottom line. More

The Case for Supplier Parks in the Automotive Supply Chain

Kim Hill, Managing Director & President, HWA Analytics and Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and Practice Leader, Site Selection & Business Incentive Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps, LLC (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

With the auto industry in a cycle of growth, OEMs need to meet new industry standards while keeping costs in check; locating at a supplier park may help to achieve these goals. More

Empowering Tenants in the Quest for Optimal Space

Mark G. Tornillo, President and CEO, Martek Global Services, Inc. (Q1 2015)

A tenant-based build-to-suit development provides complete transparency between the developer and tenant, enabling them to align their goals. More

In Focus: Utilizing Data to Enhance Energy Management Strategies

Nate Kessman, Vice President, Business Development, Great Eastern Energy (Q1 2015)

By analyzing usage and consumption patterns through energy management software, facilities are able to bridge the gap between the theory of saving energy and the act of actually eliminating wasted dollars through reduction in energy usage. More

Seeking Data Nirvana: New Analytics That Enlighten Location Strategy

David Kollmorgen, International Director and Lead of Business Intelligence, JLL (Q1 2015)

Data and analytics that tie real estate to corporate strategy are more achievable today than ever before. More

Energy Costs and Strategies for the Data Center Market

Will Steffens, Principal, Sugarloaf Associates LLC (Data Centers 2015)

Data center operators need to not only analyze and monitor their energy usage but also constantly evaluate their energy procurement. More

Open for Business: Airports as Real Estate Developer and Strategic Partner

Rian Burger, Principal, Airports - Terminals, Stantec (Intermodal Sites)

Locating near an airport presents a business with many opportunities for growth, but be sure to know what risks airports face and how they are planning to address them before aligning your company’s fate to theirs. More

Skillfully Managing a Manufacturing Reshoring Project

Rosemary Coates, President, Blue Silk Consulting (Directory 2015)

There’s more involved in successfully reshoring a foreign manufacturing operation back to the U.S. than simple cost comparisons. These initiatives have many moving parts and require careful planning. So where should a company begin? More

Facilities Management on the Frontier of Service and Technology

Maureen Ehrenberg, Executive Managing Director, Integrated Facilities Management (IFM), JLL (Directory 2015)

Technology has had a major influence on facilities in recent years — affecting everything from where a company needs to locate, to building infrastructure, to space requirements. It has also changed the job description for facility managers, professionals increasingly in short supply. More

In Focus: Enhancing the Sustainability of Existing Buildings

Dan Aghdam, President, RM Thornton Mechanical (Q4 2014)

Existing buildings 20 years or older, constructed at a time when energy consumption and environmental impact were barely considered, make up 72 percent of commercial square footage in the United States. There are many cost-effective opportunities for achieving environmental benefits and reducing energy consumption by promoting more sustainable operations among these assets. More

First Person: Cybercrime’s Tax on Manufacturing Innovation and Growth

Larry Clinton, President, Internet Security Alliance (Q4 2014)

Area Development recently spoke with Larry Clinton, the president and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance, who noted that cyber security needs to be woven into corporate processes. When done successfully, it can help build competitive advantage. More

In Focus: Measure By Measure, Green and Productivity Goals Become Aligned

Bob Best, Executive Vice President - Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q4 2014)

Does going green mean your workforce becomes more productive? Sometimes — but not all green workplaces are created equal. Unearthing the hard evidence that a company’s sustainability programs are — or are not — enhancing productivity requires meaningful metrics that quantify both sustainability tactics and productivity impacts. More