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Construction / Project Planning

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

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

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

Communicating Your Project’s Value to Local Stakeholders

Chris Chmura, Ph.D. , CEO & Founder, Chmura Economics & Analytics and Bryan Shelly, Ph.D. , Managing Director of Consulting, 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

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

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

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 , Credit & Incentives Practice, McGuire Sponsel 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 Southern 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

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

Trends in Industrial Design Accelerated by E-Commerce

Dan MacDavid, Principal, AO Architects (Q4 2020)

Future-proofing, building vertically, and mixed-use product integration are three trends that will shape the design of industrial assets for years to come. More

Redevelopment of Space for Booming Life Sciences Firms

Jeff Janicek, Jeff Janicek, Skender (Q4 2020)

As life sciences firms look to ramp up production, many are considering redevelopment of sites formerly put to other uses. More

In Focus: The Evolving Role of Outdoor Spaces

Louise Sharp, Design Principal Interior Architecture, HLW (Q4 2020)

Outdoor collaboration zones can provide workers with a sense of safety and return to “normal” in a post-COVID-19 world. More

Restarting Delayed Capital Projects

Shawn Buchanan, Vice President/General Manager, Graycor Southern and Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor Southern (Q4 2020)

A collaborative approach to re-evaluation of delayed capital projects is in everyone’s best interest. More

How Site Selection Can Help Meet Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Q3 2020)

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight LLC, spoke with Area Development about the confluence of corporate social responsibility and site selection strategy at our 2019 Houston Consultants Forum. More

Optimizing Project Outcomes Through Advanced Project Planning

W. Clift Montague, Executive Vice President, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. (Q3 2020)

Advanced Project Planning (APP) has evolved to address many of the challenges related to the fast pace of design and construction that is increasingly common. More

Assembling the Right Site Selection Team

Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. and Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. (Q2 2020)

Populating your site selection team with the experts critical to your particular project will lead to a successful location decision. More

How Pandemic Will Affect Corporate Location

Les Cranmer, Senior Managing Director, Savills  (Q2 2020)

The COVID 19 crisis will bring about changes in location strategies and how the process is conducted, as well as in which projects will go forward. More

A Disciplined Road Map for Industrial Site Selection

Courtney Dunbar, Site Selection & Economic Development Leader, Burns & McDonnell (Q2 2020)

By gaining real data in the pre-capital planning stage, a business can achieve a solid basis for making critical operational and locational decisions. More

Smart Facilities and Industrial IOT in the Era of 5G

Mo Fahim, Practice Leader, Intelligent Buildings, Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (Q2 2020)

Implementing 5G will bring real-time optimization to manufacturing and distribution facilities. More

In Focus: Key Success Factors for Building a Cannabis Processing Center

Andy Poticha, Principal, Canabis Facility Construction (Q1 2020)

Developers looking for growth opportunities presented by increasing legalization of cannabis must be familiar with state-level building codes for processing facilities. More

First Person: Technology, Collaboration Affecting the Design & Construction Industries

Vince DiPofi, CEO & President, SSOE (Q1 2020)

Area Development recently asked SSOE Group’s CEO Vince DiPofi about his organization’s evolving geographic and industrial markets, use of technology, and the effect of innovations in design and construction. More

The Evolution of Facility Design

Steve Kimball, Principal, emersion Design (Q1 2020)

Attracting and retaining the next generation of talent is now a critical input to the facility design process. More

What Does It Mean to Change the Game?

Brian Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Graycor Southern (Q4 2019)

Embracing “disruption” requires a shift in mindset, but those companies that welcome change can dramatically improve project outcomes. More

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

Risk Assessment: The Key to Successful Data Center Planning and Design

Mike Zarrilli, Executive Director, Data Center Solutions, Johnson Controls (Q4 2019)

Those planning a data center facility must consider not only geographic and security risks, but also the threat presented by acoustics from fire suppression and other systems. More

All Politics Is Local, Especially for a New Site

Phillip M. Perry, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2019)

Companies looking to open a facility in an unfamiliar location must assess its local political climate to determine if it’s one in which it can succeed now and in the future. More

Design-Build Firms Add Value to the Location Decision Process

Tom Gresham (Q3 2019)

With the aid of advanced technology, design-build firms provide valuable capabilities and expertise in the site selection process, reducing risk and providing cost and scheduling certainty. More

How to Avoid the Fatal Flaws in Site Certification Programs

Taylor Gravois, Principal, CSRS, Inc. and Ron Crum, Practice Leader - Industrial Site Selection, CSRS, Inc. (Q3 2019)

A “certification” label on a site is meaningless unless all the necessary data has been gathered and thorough due diligence performed with respect to your particular project. More

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