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Construction / Project Planning

In Focus: The Facility’s Envelope: A Multifaceted Ecosystem

Marc Gravely, Founder, Gravely P.C. (Q1 2023)

For infrastructure preparedness, a big picture and narrow focus are equally important. More

Higher Borrowing and Construction Costs Impacting Industrial Users

David Welch, CEO & President, Robinson Weeks Partners (Q4 2022)

As interest rates rise, industrial developers are prepping for a ramp-down of new projects. More

ESG: The New Metrics in Construction and Real Estate

Michelle Palys, Vice President, Graycor and Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor (Q4 2022)

Key environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations include protecting the environment/reducing energy use, making positive contributions to the community, adopting inclusive workplace policies, and maintaining high standards of governance. More

Major Projects Embrace Wide Open Rural Spaces

John W. McCurry (Q3 2022)

Available land, lower costs, and the desire to co-locate with suppliers and customers draw companies to rural locations, but satisfying infrastructure needs and access to talent shouldn’t be overlooked. More

Utilizing Data Analytics to Reduce Risk and Costs, Increase Opportunities

Thane J. Hutcheson, Director, Baker Tilly, LLP and Chris Urchell, Consulting Manager, Baker Tilly  (Q3 2022)

An efficient site selection process can make the difference between a fundable and a failed project. More

Explosive Growth of Life Sciences Sector Comes with Challenges

Deb Boucher, Vice Chair, Cushman & Wakefield and Jason D'Orlando, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield (Q3 2022)

Although opportunities abound, companies in the life sciences sector are also facing numerous challenges — from accessing skilled labor to deciding whether to build out or retrofit existing space. More

Using Robust Project Controls to Enhance Project Management

Bahadir Barbarosoglu, Program Manager, Linesight (Q3 2022)

Utilizing big data and project controls such as BIM or Digital Twins (DT) will help to mitigate any challenges and bring a project to completion on time and within budget. More

A Look at Integrated Project Delivery From the Inside Out

Lauren Collier, Senior Associate, SSOE Group (Q3 2022)

A culture of teamwork and collaboration paves the way for the execution of integrated project delivery, which helps to cut costs and time while offering other advantages. More

In Focus: Demand for Industrial Land Surges

Evan Pritchard, Cozen O'Connor (Q2 2022)

The exponential growth of e-commerce has, in turn, accelerated the need for both warehouse and data center space. More

Five Ways for Manufacturers to Manage Global Market Volatility

Bryan Allen, EPC Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell and Charles Clinton, National Development Leader of Industrial Manufacturing Facilities, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2022)

To survive and advance in manufacturing, it’s critical to have future-proof, flexible facilities. More

Supply Chain Disruptions and Construction Industry Transformation

Shawn Anderton , Operations Manager, Graycor and Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor (Q2 2022)

Planning ahead, running different scenarios, identifying labor needs, and employing technology will help to improve project costs and schedule on today’s jobsite. More

In Focus: Safety First-The Benefits of Construction Robotics

Prasoon Shrivastava, Founder and CEO, Zepth (Q2 2022)

The use of construction robots can transform site safety for human workers, while monitoring processes that impact project timelines and budgets. More

The Evolution of the Megasite

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell and Corey Kingsland, Civil Engineering Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2022)

As the need for next-generation megasites continues to grow, economic development professionals are helping end-users reimagine the site selection and site preparedness process. More

Crunch Time in the Construction Industry

Anthony Johnson, President, Industrial Business Unit, Clayco (Q1 2022)

Supply chain disruptions spawn creative, and possibly lasting, project solutions. More

New Equipment Considerations in Capacity Planning and Manufacturing Resiliency

Michael Verdier , Vice President & Market Leader, Integrated Industrial Design (IID), BHDP Architecture (Q1 2022)

Regular maintenance and a review of what’s needed to meet capacity requirements — including cost of new equipment or possible automation — will ensure your company meets its current and future productivity goals. More

Do You Need A Facility Manager, Project Manager, or Both?

Bryan Christiansen, Founder, Limble CMMS (Q1 2022)

Although the responsibilities of the facility manager and project manager differ, there are times when you need both. More

Project Controls: Keeping Complex Project Delivery On-Track

Shawn Buchanan, Vice President/General Manager, Graycor and Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor (Q1 2022)

A dedicated project controls process will take into account all phases of a project, from planning and scheduling to budgeting and execution, helping to successfully deal with any difficulties encountered along the way. More

In Focus: The Business Case for the Building of the Future

Tyler Smith, Executive Director, Healthy Buildings, Johnson Controls (Q1 2022)

Investing in facilities now will yield financial and physical benefits in the short and long term. More

On the Hunt for a Productive New Biomanufacturing Site?

Travis McCready, Executive Director, U.S. Life Sciences Markets, JLL (Q4 2021)

Real estate and facility strategy can fuel efficiency, scale, and speed to market for your new biomanufacturing operation More

Communicating Your Project’s Value to Local Stakeholders

Chris Chmura, Ph.D., Ph.D., CEO & Founder, Bryan Shelly, Ph.D., Managing Director of Consulting, Xiaobing Shuai, Ph.D., Director of Research and Senior Economist, Chmura Economics & Analytics (Q4 2021)

Through the use of economic impact studies, a company can demonstrate the value of its project to government officials and local residents. More

Construction vs. Production: Tips for Constructing Capital Projects Within an Operating Plant

John Wharton, Director of Project Delivery Excellence, Gresham Smith  (Q4 2021)

To deliver a successful capital project inside an operating plant, all of the project stakeholders — the owner, architect/engineer, equipment supplier, and constructor — must plan ahead to minimize production disruption. More

In Focus: A PFAS State of Mind

Bina Joshi, Partner, Schiff Hardin (Q4 2021)

While the law concerning PFAS is still in flux, property owners and operators need to consider its implications. More

Solutions for Decisively Navigating the Location Decision

Cole Williams, Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) (Q4 2021)

Effective site selection involves factoring the stakeholder criteria matrix, site conditions, and ever-changing market forces into the final decision. More

The Challenges of Renovating an Existing Facility Into a Food Plant

David Dixon, President, davidcdixonLLC (Q4 2021)

Renovating an existing facility seems faster and cheaper than going with a greenfield site — but when it comes to a food plant, that might not be the case. More

In Focus: The Construction Industry's Secret Weapon

Patrick Ryan, Executive Vice President, Linesight (Q3 2021)

The use of project controls specialists is still relatively unknown in the U.S., despite the fact that these consultants help to get projects delivered on time and on budget. More

Location Economics as an Emerging Driver of Private Equity Decisions

Jacob Everett , Founder, Corsa Strategies and Steve Brunson, Principal, McGuire Sponsel (Q3 2021)

As they evaluate where to expand and which operations to relocate, private equity groups are increasingly evaluating location-specific factors. More

Keys to Successful Capital Project Delivery

Shawn Buchanan, Vice President/General Manager, Graycor and John Trussell, Operations Manager, Graycor Southern (Q3 2021)

Early collaboration between team members will help to keep a project on track and eliminate added costs. More

Front Line: Changing the Definition of MSAs

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2021)

Will the proposed redefinition of Metropolitan Statistical Areas and subsequent funding communities receive affect your company’s location decision? More

In Focus: Creative Funding to Enable Sustainability

Mark Reinbold, Vice President & General Manager, Performance Infrastructure, Johnson Controls (Q3 2021)

Organizations that are attempting to reduce their energy use or carbon footprint are finding there are affordable to ways to do so. More

Maximum Impact: Saving Time and Money with BIM 360

Charles Berteaux, BIM/VDC Department Manager, SSOE Group (Q3 2021)

Through the use of advanced technology, project teams are able to save stakeholders time, trouble, and money to maximize project collaboration and impact for stakeholders. More

Challenges Facing the Auto Industry Post-Pandemic

Patrich Jett, Chair, Global Automotive Desk, Colliers International (2021 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

From a lack of semiconductors to a shortage of skilled workers to low industrial vacancy rates, auto companies are facing challenges that are affecting their site and facility plans. More

A Turnkey Approach to Manufacturing Location Decisions

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2021)

Taking a project from site selection through process design and construction to commissioning with a turnkey approach will help a manufacturer ensure its long-term operational success. More

In Focus: The Effects of the Pandemic on Industrial Design

Richard Clarke, IV, Partner, AO (Q2 2021)

Industrial/logistics design will see a growth spike despite and because of the pandemic. More

Speed to Market Is Key in Landing High-Impact Projects as Economic Recovery Ramps Up

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development (Q2 2021)

Locational advantages, a business-friendly environment, and Build-Ready sites position Kentucky for continued growth. More

Life Sciences Fueling Construction Demand

Gul Dusi, Linesight (Q2 2021)

In the wake of the pandemic, life sciences companies are rapidly expanding, spurring a demand for new facilities to house their operations. More

In Focus: Construction Tech Adoption Speeds Up

Henry D'Esposito, Senior Research Analyst, JLL (Q1 2021)

Despite the bleaker impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic has created the opportunity for construction technology adoption to dramatically accelerate. More

Strategies for Accelerating Project Execution

Brandon Darroch, Southeast Division Manager and Senior Associate, SSOE and Brian Arend, Senior Associate, SSOE (Q1 2021)

Pandemic-related project delays have prompted manufacturers to investigate alternative project-delivery approaches to make up for lost time. More

Front Line: Climate Change Concerns Begin to Take Center Stage

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2020)

Locations that invest in resilience measures against climate change and catastrophic weather may be more attractive to investors. More

Attaining a Big-Picture Perspective With a Facility Master Plan

Michael Verdier , Vice President & Market Leader, Integrated Industrial Design (IID), BHDP Architecture (Q4 2020)

Don’t attempt a manufacturing site and facility master plan without these “must haves.” More

Developing and Executing a Site Selection Game Plan

Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. and Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. (Q4 2020)

After an internal assessment of the company, the location team should focus on key success variables, appropriately weighted, and consult with needed subject matter experts. More

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