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Four Site Factors That Can Derail Your Construction Budget

Steve Doak, Senior Estimator, Hoar Construction (Q4 2019)

Although sitework is expensive, most of the expense can be planned and accounted for if your contractor is on board early in the construction process. More

Artificial Intelligence: A Game-Changer for Corporate Space

Pranav Tyagi, Founder, President & CEO, Tango (Q3 2019)

Thanks to vast amounts of available data and an evolved computational infrastructure, AI is fundamentally changing the way organizations plan and manage their real estate and facilities. More

New Construction Technologies and Techniques in a Time of Shortages

Patrick Ryan, Executive Vice President, Linesight (Q2 2019)

Emerging and rapidly developing technologies — including improved BIM products and the IoT — are changing the construction landscape, both on and off the job site. More

In Focus: Rise of Natural Disasters Affecting CRE Markets

Rick Kalvoda, Senior EVP, Altus Group (Q1 2019)

With the rise in natural disasters over the past few years and as climate change continues to be a challenge, natural disaster resiliency is top of mind for commercial property executives. More

In Focus: Technology and the Evolution of the Real Estate Industry

Robert G. Thornburgh , Executive Vice President & Partner, Kidder Mathews (Q4 2018)

The marriage of physical and digital technologies is having a transformative effect on real estate markets — from industrial and distribution to office. 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

How Can Big Data Enable More Efficient and Effective Location Decisions and Planning?

Katie Ballard-Bloomfield, Manager, Quantitative Economics and Statistics (Quest); Dominick Brook, Senior Manager; and Martin Polivka, Senior Consultants, Indirect Tax , Ernst & Young LLP (Q3 2018)

Opportunities and challenges present themselves in harnessing the analytical power of internal and external data. More

Integrating Technology Into the Corporate Headquarters Facility

Jim Nannini, Vice President, Building Wide Systems Integration, 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

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: Attracting Companies in Emerging Industries

Donald F. Smith, Jr., RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Q2 2018)

Companies in emerging industries need to feel they are working in partnership with the developers/landlords who are trying to attract them to their properties. 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

Avoid Costly Data Center Blunders

Todd Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Data Center Solutions, Transwestern and C. Andrew Marcus, National Director, Data Center Solutions, Transwestern (Data Centers 2018)

Investors, operators, and end-users alike must identify true costs and investigate available options before committing to a new or existing strategy in the rapidly evolving data center industry. More

Location Trends in the Food Industry: What’s Driving Decision-Making in 2017?

Scott Kupperman, Founder, Kupperman Location Solutions (2017 Food Processing)

When working with economic developers, food processing companies should look for an industry-specific value proposition supported with compelling data and local insight. More

Sustainability, Resilience and Wellness: Pulse of the Industry in 2017

Jennifer Taranto, Director of Sustainability, Structure Tone and Robert Leon, Senior Vice President, Structure Tone (Q4 2017)

A recent survey of the real estate and construction industry reveals that sustainability in the built environment continues to grow year after year, despite real or perceived added costs. More

Resiliency Considerations — Is Your Facility At Risk?

Bob Geiger, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science (Q4 2017)

Property owners who properly assess, maintain, and upgrade their facilities so that they are resilient to natural disasters — and who have contingency plans in place — will save time and money, and protect the value of their asset, in the long run. More

Is There A Warehouse in Retail Assets’ Future?

Ben Conwell, Senior Managing Director and Practice Leader, eCommerce Advisory Group , Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q4 2017)

Reviving dead malls as warehouses is not as easy as it may seem; they’re more likely to become “lifestyle” destinations or mixed-use complexes. More

The Future of Corporate Sustainability

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q4 2017)

Although U.S. companies are facing less political pressure to continue their sustainability efforts, they will continue to do so in response to workforce and customer demands. More

Technological and Other Changes Steering Logistics Decisions

Bill Luttrell, Director of Corporate Real Estate, Werner Enterprises, Inc. (Q4 2017)

For manufacturing and distribution…it’s logistics, logistics, logistics, which is revolutionizing the supply chain — including the location decision process. More

Industry Sea Changes Affecting U.S. Shipping Gateways

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL (Q4 2017)

Damage from recent hurricanes could have a ripple effect across U.S. seaports, underscoring the rising demand for more sophisticated industrial real estate and infrastructure. More

First Person: Siemens Real Estate’s Use of Intelligent Space Design Impacts Employee Productivity and the Bottom Line

Michael Kruklinski, Head of Real Estate , Siemens Gas & Power and Siemens USA (Q4 2017)

Area Development’s editor recently asked Michael Kruklinski about intelligent space management at Siemens and how office configuration can play a role in employee satisfaction and productivity. More

Shedding Light on Human Energy in Facility Design

Brandon Tinianov, Vice President of Business Development, View, Inc. (Q3 2017)

Natural light in the workplace enhances “human energy,” which generates immense shared value for property owners. Given the stresses of modern manufacturing, this may be more critical than ever in the industrial workplace. More

New FASB Lease Standard Targets Real Estate Conflicts of Interests

Howard Ecker, President & CEO, Howard Ecker + Company (Q3 2017)

It’s time for CFOs to act to protect themselves from brokers who are working both ends of a real estate deal by securing a “No Conflict Assurance Statement” from their agents. 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

In Focus: For Property Managers, a Penny Spent is a Penny Earned

Matt Lanfear, CEO, Great Eastern Energy (Q2 2017)

By making smart energy-saving investments, property managers will reap long-term savings. More

Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Lara Hermanson, Co-Founder & Principal, Farmscape (Q2 2017)

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers. More

Efficient Pallet Storage in Industrial Warehouse and Distribution Space

Bill Bavagnoli, President, Specialized Storage Systems (Q1 2017)

In order to optimize productivity and profitability of your warehouse, consider product size, the available area, and the method of product retrieval. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Available Buildings

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

People expect near-instant delivery on just about everything these days, and companies seeking new facilities are more likely than ever to want to pick a location and have it up and running as quickly as possible. 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

For Optimized Building Design, Consider the Key Priorities

Al Fullerton, Trane (Q4 2016)

When evaluating efficiency, it’s important to look beyond a single piece of equipment, as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. More

Three Steps for Disaster Planning Toward a Smooth Recovery

Jay Shelton, Senior Vice President, Risk Management Services, Assurance (Q4 2016)

Whether you manage or own one building or 500, a proactive recovery plan can significantly limit business disruption and restore critical services as soon after a disaster as possible. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are some best practices that can guide you in your planning... 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

Healthy Workspaces Boost Employee Morale and Productivity

Janine Grossmann, Practice Leader, Interiors, Perkins+Will (Q3 2016)

While most employees would agree that their environment has an impact on their health — and evidence-based research supports this — how many have considered whether the workplace promotes a healthy lifestyle and helps them achieve their wellness goals? More

In Focus: To Address Energy Goals, Remember the Building Envelope

Darlene Pope, Senior Vice President, JLL Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL (Q3 2016)

A preventative approach from the outside in draws on roofs, walls, and windows to save energy. More

In Focus: Interior Wall Protection Upgrades Help Meet Facility Management Benchmarks

David Bronovicki, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Construction Specialties (Q3 2016)

An upgrade in interior wall protection is more than just a facelift; it can reinforce branding as well as reduce long-term maintenance and repair costs. 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

Know Your Options When Leasing Office Space

Troy Golden, President, Golden Group Real Estate (Q2 2016)

The extension, lease termination, and right-of-first-refusal options are powerful tools for tenants of office space. More

In Focus: Unintended Consequences of the Open-Office Model

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank (Q2 2016)

KC Conway, senior vice president for credit risk management, is responsible for market intelligence at SunTrust Commercial Real Estate and oversees real estate valuation for SunTrust Bank. Conway is a nationally recognized speaker on a wide range of commercial real estate topics, from appraisals and bank regulation to ports and securitization. More

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