Imagine you’ve finally launched your first company. The business plan and operational details are ready to go, the only missing component is your site selection. With all other bases covered, it’s tempting to speed along the location choice, however it’s not a bad idea to pump the breaks. A building’s location can have as much importance to its performance as the business’ core function.
The physical make-up of the site should be completely appropriate for your needs. This includes size of the land, its composition, nearby businesses/population, climate, land topography, soil quality, and township/city requirements.
If an organization with a higher-class image 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 client base.
From a construction manager’s perspective, the availability of materials for your finishes/structural demands is another consideration to bear in mind. Raw materials should be available somewhat nearby because typically, shipping can incur some avoidable costs if planned with local supply in mind.
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.