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Construction / Project Planning

Challenges Facing the International Project Manager of an FDI project

Angela Grace, Principal, Blackshaw Partners LLC (Location USA 2018)

An interview with Franck Mouriaux, chief engineer at RUAG Schweiz and project manager at RUAG Space in Florida, helps shed light on the process and challenges a foreign company faces when setting up a facility in the U.S. More

The New EPA Rules: Opportunity and Risk

Frances Graham, Project Director, Linesight (Q2 2018)

While to some companies less stringent EPA regulations can be an advantage, submitting to the lowest environmental standards carries costs of its own. More

In Focus: How to Negotiate a Better Real Estate Contract

Dean Kaplan, President, The Kaplan Group (Q2 2018)

When moving or expanding, taking your time, doing your research, and thinking through your strategy can save you money and stress in the long run. More

Front Line: Construction Industry Faces a Labor Shortage

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

As construction labor market tightens, will project deadlines slip? More

Due Diligence: Thoroughly Investigating the Technical Aspects of a Site

Alexandra Segers, International Senior Account Executive and Program Manager, SSOE Group (Q2 2018)

By carefully examining site conditions/logistics, environmental regulations/risk, as well as the area surrounding the chosen site, companies can avoid delays and cost overruns. More

Rethinking How to Incorporate Technology into Office and Building Design

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, Build-to-Suit Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2018)

Technology infrastructure needs to be incorporated into facility plans before design work is done in order to avoid busting the budget. More

Use Dictates the Parameters in Data Center Design and Construction

Chris Kincaid, Senior Vice President, Design & Construction, Stream Data Centers (Data Centers 2018)

How does an experienced data center developer meet the challenges of today’s diverse design and construction requirements? More

Get On Track With a Rail-Served Site

Colby Tanner, Assistant Vice President, Economic Development, BNSF (Q1 2018)

The economic and environmental benefits of freight rail transportation should be considered when developing your next facility. More

Ensuring Food Safety and Sanitary Design in Food Manufacturing Facilities

David Dixon, Food and Beverage SBU Leader, O'Neal (2017 Food Processing)

In order for food manufacturers to meet today’s high facilities’ standards for food safety and sanitary design, they should utilize a structured preconstruction approach that solicits input from many stakeholders. More

What Corporate Executives Need To Know When Making Location Decisions

Donald F. Smith, Jr., RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Q4 2017)

Companies should look to their landlords or developers of their facilities for several attributes, key among them being reliability, flexibility, and a sense of partnership. More

Top Mistakes Companies Make During the Site Selection Process

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q4 2017)

Oftentimes, companies make mistakes in the location decision process that may prove detrimental to their long-term success — Here are the most common ones. More

The Importance of Community Strategic Planning in the Location Decision

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Principal, Crowe Horwath (Q4 2017)

As the surge in corporate relocation continues, sophisticated organizations are demanding a relatively new — but critical — component for streamlining their site selection process and increasing the likelihood of success. More

Clawback Provisions: Negotiating Now to Optimize Long-Term Benefit

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q4 2017)

Negotiating a suite of incentives for development projects is about more than striking a positive agreement from the outset; it’s also about ensuring that the financial benefits of the deal are preserved and not reduced over the lifetime of the project. More

Location Notebook: Project 95 - Innovating to Bring New Prosperity to Rural Tennessee

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

By utilizing a multifaceted approach that includes an available facility, workforce training and support, incentives, and other assistance, Tennessee’s economic development team plans to bolster the economy of one distressed county at a time. 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

A Transactional Overview of Foreign Direct Investment into the United States

George H. Pretty, Parker Poe (Location USA 2017)

Despite common factors driving FDI decisions, each project is unique and, once defined, the FDI transaction can be broken down into project management components and timelines. More

Greater Predictability, Fewer Surprises Through Use of BIM for Front-End Planning

David Hardy, Preconstruction Facilities Manager, O'Neal and Brian Gallagher, Director of Marketing, O’Neal, Inc. (Q2 2017)

Using building information modeling (BIM) during pre-construction planning now leads to lower risk and improved predictability during the actual construction phase of a facility. More

Site Certification Is Not a Substitute for Due Diligence

Courtney Dunbar, Economic Development Leader, Industrial Site Consulting Team, Olsson Associates (Q1 2017)

While a good amount of information can be obtained through site certification programs, underlying questions with regard to the end-user’s specific timelines and needs as well as how risks will be mitigated still need to be addressed. More

Navigating Uncharted Waters: 5 Trends Affecting Capital Investment Plans

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q1 2017)

A new administration in Washington, escalating wages, and a dwindling supply of industrial real estate are just some of the trends that may cause companies to take a wait-and-see approach to capital investment. More

A Taste for Change: What's Driving the Rise of the Specialty Food Market

Gray Construction (Q1 2017)

The demand for specialty foods has seen a sharp increase, forcing food and beverage producers to make dramatic changes to manufacturing processes and product ingredients. More