A potential construction project is an undertaking that business owners can want to jump start as quickly as possible. Word to the wise: think about pumping the breaks. Here’s why— during these times of facility transition it’s important to remember a building’s location can have as much importance to operations as the business’ core offering itself. Don’t rush.
An urgency to move forward can sometimes cause oversight in big details. Whether a business is constructing their first building or an additional location, there are lots of unexpected factors to consider in choosing a building site.
The physical make-up of the site should be 100% compatible. This includes size of the land, its composition, nearby businesses/population, climate, land topography, soil quality, and township/city requirements.
At a broader level, the community is important to consider as well. If an elite organization establishes their first office space next to a nuclear power plant, there are not only health concerns, but there isn’t a cultural or image fit either. It is best to surround your business with complimentary neighbors, who can offer you a shot at collaboration, and don’t conflict with your customer base.
Availability of raw materials needed to complete the project is another consideration to bear in mind. Raw materials should be available somewhat nearby because they cannot be shipped inexpensively across long distances.
One additional area that is addressed frequently, but still needs to remain top of mind, is zoning. With this information available publicly based on the local city or county government, a building’s usage should match up with the current zone. Based on the zoning, there are often landscaping requirements that must be met. Also, there are “setback” policies that cover how far back your property sits from the street. All regulations set in the local government’s guides are openly available and should be read through thoroughly.
This outline of potential roadblocks only touches the surface. To play your cards right, make sure before construction you do your due diligence to ensure that the site you have in mind is the best fit for your business.