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Construction / Project Planning

Sometimes You Have to Move; Sometimes You Don’t.

Fabcon (Q2 2019)

Structural precast building materials can give you options. More

Building Smarter: How to Ensure Optimization from Start to Finish and Beyond

Jim Nannini, Vice President, Building Wide Systems Integration, Johnson Controls (Q2 2019)

A high-performing, future-ready, truly smart building can drive value for the occupants and organizations that depend on the facility. More

Utilities’ Role in the Corporate Location Decision

Grant Miller, Partner, Colliers International and Don Moss, Partner, Colliers International (Q2 2019)

Conveying a company’s utility needs to service providers and choosing a location that can properly meet those needs — now and into the future — will help to ensure a project’s success. More

Late-Cycle Site Selection: Risk Management Principles

Misty Ponce, Principal and National Client Manager, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. (Q1 2019)

If your company chooses an asset that calls for renovation or adaptive reuse, risk management needs to be an important component of your strategy. More

How LEED Certification Transformed Industrial Development Standards

Randy Thompson, Senior Managing Director, Build-to-Suit Advisory Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2019)

Today’s businesses aren't pursuing LEED certifications to the extent that they did in the past because sustainable development is now a given — it’s demanded by the market. More

Acing a Project’s Entitlement Phase

Peter Gourdeau , Director, Project Development, Windover Construction (Q1 2019)

Project due diligence along with clear communication with the project team and the surrounding community are needed to ensure your project gets off the ground. More

What Does Sustainability Mean in 2019?

Jennifer Taranto, Director of Sustainability, Structure Tone and Robert Leon, Senior Vice President, Structure Tone (Q1 2019)

Although sustainability in the built environment is still important, fewer projects are seeking certifications, while wellness features/amenities are becoming more mainstream. 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

How to Build a Data Center and Keep the Lights On

Steven Cooke, Managing Director, USA West Region, Linesight (Data Centers 2019)

The data center building process is extremely complex, requiring careful planning with input from experts in wide-ranging fields. More

Edge Planning Considerations in Data Center Development

Allen Tucker, Managing Director and Leader of Mid-Atlantic Data Center Solutions, JLL and Chris Curtis, SVP, Development and Acquisitions, Compass Datacenters (Data Centers 2019)

Low-latency requirements, which surpass the capabilities of centralized cloud-delivered services and data centers, have given rise to the need for smaller data centers, deployed at the edge of their networks. More

A Strategic Approach to Building a New Processing Facility

Chris Urchell, Consulting Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (2018 Food Processing)

The use of available data, due diligence, and a traceable decision-making process will yield the best result for your company when locating a new food processing facility. More

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

Collaborative Project Delivery Increases Efficiency and Cuts Design/Construction Costs

Mary Stepnick, AIA, PMP, SSOE and Todd Alsdorf , SSOE (Q4 2018)

When design/construction teams and owners work together as a cohesive unit, the results include lower costs, higher efficiency, and a smoother workflow. 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 discussed 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, 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

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

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

What Corporate Executives Need To Know When Making Location Decisions

Donald F. Smith, Jr., RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Q4 2017)

Companies should look to their landlords or developers of their facilities for several attributes, key among them being reliability, flexibility, and a sense of partnership. More

Top Mistakes Companies Make During the Site Selection Process

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q4 2017)

Oftentimes, companies make mistakes in the location decision process that may prove detrimental to their long-term success — Here are the most common ones. More

The Importance of Community Strategic Planning in the Location Decision

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Partner, Crowe Horwath (Q4 2017)

As the surge in corporate relocation continues, sophisticated organizations are demanding a relatively new — but critical — component for streamlining their site selection process and increasing the likelihood of success. 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 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, Partner, 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

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