What Does it Mean? Planning a facility is all about the type of building you need for your business and the appropriate infrastructure to support it. You need to clearly define key features in your building for your business to be successful- for example, do you need loading docks or floor space that can be easily adjusted as you add employees? How much parking will your customers want?
You will also need to know what your traffic impact will be, as well as your sewer and water requirements. Do you need internet access and if so, what type? Are you going to be creating noises, odors, or other external impacts that could affect your neighbors? What does your growth look like over the next five years, and will your new location be able to accommodate that growth?
Who Can I Call? At this stage, it makes sense to work with a local engineering or architecture firm who can help you better plan what type of building and infrastructure you will need for your new facility. If you are not building, we recommend meeting with a commercial real estate agent who can assist in narrowing down your search to properties that makes sense for your needs. The Alliance can assist in providing contacts for these key people.