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Construction / Project Planning

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

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

Six Factors to Consider When Selecting a Location for a Mission-Critical Data Center

Mark Bauer, Managing Director and Co-Lead Data Center Solutions , JLL (Data Centers 2017)

When searching for a location for their next data center, companies need to take a holistic view of the process, prioritizing and balancing all the factors involved in site selection. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Occupancy OR Construction Costs

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

It’s easy to see why occupancy or construction costs are a factor that a lot of people are keeping an eye on...these costs are trending upward. More

Streamlining the Construction Project to Deliver Ahead of Schedule and Below Budget

Josh Zimmerman, Section Manager, SSOE Group (Q4 2016)

Design and construction firms are developing new systems that streamline the entire project delivery process, from architectural renderings to facility turnover, which ultimately can deliver a cohesive high-quality, cost- and time-saving project. More

Due Diligence Concerns When Choosing Between an Existing Structure or Greenfield Construction

Brian Gallagher, Director of Marketing, O’Neal, Inc. (Q4 2016)

Acquiring an existing structure to house manufacturing operations can seem like a real time- and money-saver to companies. But is it really? 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

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

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