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Construction / Project Planning

Siting A New Production Plant: A Challenge Intensifies

Jeffrey J. Counsell , Co-Founder, Global Food Properties (2018 Food Processing)

The increasing role of food safety has caused a geological upheaval in how and where food is manufactured. More

Agile Real Estate’s Impact on Incentives

Aaron Hirschl , Senior Financial Analyst, CBRE and Alexander Frei, Senior Vice President, CBRE (Q4 2018)

Agile real estate solutions that reduce your firm’s level of investment and/or headcount may have an effect on incentives provided by state and local entities. More

Frontline: UAVs Provide Construction Industry With Clearer Sight Line

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2018)

As companies increasingly use drones to monitor progress on construction projects, the FAA is easing restrictions that are currently limiting their use. More

The Calculus of Master Planning an Industrial Site Project

Alan H. Cobb, CEO & President, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. (Q4 2018)

Effective master planning results in seamless construction projects and builds the momentum for lean, concise operations and continued success. More

The Ins and Outs of Working With an Architectural / Engineering Firm

John Wharton, Director of Quality, Gresham, Smith and Partners (Q4 2018)

It’s important that clients new to working with an A/E firm understand their standard business processes in order to achieve a successful capital project. More

The Search Is On, But Should We Tell?

Monty Turner, Senior Consultant, Global Location Strategies (Q4 2018)

When site selecting, there are pros and cons to maintaining confidentiality as well as to making the search public; it all depends upon your company’s current situation. More

Due Diligence in Today’s Site Selection World

Sarah White, Director, Quest Site Solutions (Q4 2018)

You’ve made your list — now check it twice for ownership issues and site suitability, as well as workforce and financial considerations. More

Operation Rescue: Navigating Project Pitfalls from Start to Finish

Katie Culp, President, KSM Location Advisors and Tim Cook, CEO, KSM Location Advisors (Q4 2018)

Tim Cook, CEO, and Katie Culp, president, of KSM Location Advisors discuss with Area Development how managers can anticipate and tackle the unexpected surprises that will arise during a site selection project. More

Integrating Technology Into the Corporate Headquarters Facility

Jim Nannini, Johnson Controls (Q3 2018)

Businesses that utilize technology to ensure their corporate headquarters are ready for the future will realize productivity, economic, and other gains. More

You’ve Found the Perfect Site — Now What?

Brent Maugel, Founder and President, Maugel Architects (Q3 2018)

A site’s existing conditions, zoning regulations, and surroundings are just some of the elements that must be considered in order to turn the site into the ideal location for your project. More

Negotiating Incentives for Your Next Capital Investment

David Cooper, Shareholder, Maynard Cooper Gale P.C. (Q3 2018)

When selecting a site for your next U.S. capital investment, keep in mind that incentives alone won’t transform a bad location into a good one. However, a good incentive package can improve a project’s bottom line and solve site-related issues. More

Modular Construction Projects Cut Costs and Timelines

Cliff Reese, Senior Associate, SSOE (Q3 2018)

Early commitment from buyers and all stakeholders is imperative to a successful modular construction project, which can deliver on cost savings and shorten timelines. 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

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

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