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Construction / Project Planning

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

In Focus: A Changing Technology Landscape for the Construction Industry

Jim Dempsey, Enterprise Business Development Manager, Panasonic  (Q3 2016)

Durable, environmentally resilient, and powerful mobility tools are needed by construction workers to keep a project on schedule and ultimately enhance a company’s bottom line. More

Weighing Economic Incentives in the Location Decision

Bradley Migdal, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q1 2016)

The strength of the industrial market gives companies the upper hand when making site selection decisions. More

Optimizing Integrated Design / Construction Project Delivery

Matt Wagner, Structural Engineering Manager, Ghafari Associates (Q1 2016)

IPD requires considerable time and effort on the facility owner’s side, but this front-end planning will help in avoiding costly delays once construction gets under way. More

Planning For Plant Expansion: A “How-To” on Electrical Substations

John Wharton, Senior Vice President, Gresham, Smith and Partners (Directory 2016)

Expanding an electrical substation can present challenges, but careful planning, collaboration with the utility, and choosing the right equipment will ensure a successful outcome. More

Adopting BIM for Facility Management: Handle With Care

Erik Jaspers, Product Strategy & Innovation, Planon (Directory 2016)

BIM can deliver tangible value and enable efficiencies for facility managers, but it’s a process that should be well planned and prioritized, with an eye for the challenges that lie ahead. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #2: Occupancy & Construction Costs On The Rise

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

Occupancy and construction costs are escalating, with variations among and even within local markets. More

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: 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

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

The Importance of Earnest Investigation of Industrial Properties

Marv Pearlstein, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Peter Duchesneau, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (Q3 2015)

Those acquiring industrial properties need to assess their environmental risks early on and put in place plans for remediation of any problems that surface. 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

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

Choosing the Optimal Site for an Aviation-Related Project

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

If current trends continue, a conservative estimate reveals there will be more than 1,000 announcements of aviation-related projects in the United States over the next decade. The best location decisions will be made by project teams that not only look at the current overall costs, but also have a deep understanding of hidden site development costs, in addition to the long-term political/financial stability that a region can provide. More

Project Definition Improves Industrial Project Delivery

Brian Gallagher, Director of Marketing, O’Neal, Inc. (Q2 2015)

Taking a proactive and collaborative approach in the preconstruction phase is key to arriving at a project definition that will lead to successful project delivery. 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

Navigating Data Center Site Selection and Design

Bob Marsh, Director, Turner & Townsend Ferzan Robbins (Data Centers 2015)

Each data center’s design will vary according to its end user, and each developer will have a different mix of priorities — from baseline cost to security and transport links — ensuring that no two projects will be the same. More

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