Business Planning Meets Building Design
We now WORK in a changing world!
On April 8, 2015, The Wall Street Journal (pg C4) ran a story: “The Rates in Spain Fall Barely Below Subzero Plain”. They spoke of Spanish bank customers who “PAY the government for the privilege to lend it money”!
On April 7, 2015, Nita Pichedvanichok, CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member for commercial realtors) told RIAOC (Realty Investors Association of California) that some Asian banks charge customers to keep the customer deposit, in lieu of paying the customer interest! For Southern California, as global funding resources look for ROI, business expansion may make sense.
Given world class businesses offering ROI, how do we use new funding with clear thinking?
Today, business leaders address strategic planning to gain mastery and steer the business ahead. With thoughtful global strategy, we may use tools that may be a little fuzzy in our memories given our recent major economic bust.
Many of these tools are actually tried and true. Many elements of comprehensive organizational planning have been proven over the centuries. Independent of history, capital investments, in either new buildings or major remodelings, provide new and long lasting benefits. Generally, these benefits address issues of strategic leadership – productivity, economy, technology, and organizational benefit.
The client organization’s combined real estate, plant and equipment is typically it’s second most valued asset. Combining thoughtful business planning WITH building planning is necessary for proactive strategic leadership. Rarely, do we discuss the in-depth combination of these two concepts to support business strategy. Unless we work in a large company, we do not really have in-depth processes to provide qualitative and quantitative benefits for our capital investments.
This starts with complete analysis of strategy and tactics, and continues to develop with an operational audit to examine how to meet business forecasts. These leadership issues directly impact today’s on-going, operational cost and sales tactics.
Many organizations may not have internal skill to undertake the operational audit to then explore new strategies. An operational audit can address, but not necessarily be limited to issues such as:
1. Efficient personnel locations & configuration
2. Fundamental work process and floor plan changes with new automation
3. How just–in-time delivery changes floor space requirements
4. Provide greater market penetration and better work delivery with new locations
5. How new or leased sites may support specific expansion
Insightful business planning combines business goals, facility use and new technology with real estate.
Using a comprehensive site and floor plan to illustrate all access, location, process, furniture, equipment, storage and personnel issues is illuminating. This leadership tool graphically and quantitatively describes new benefits.
The idea of examining operational effectiveness using a floor plan may be new to some folks.
One picture is worth a thousand words. The effective floor plan can illustrate how to save many dollars. After the floor plan is analyzed, then project plans and specifications outline leadership tools such as:
A) New features to create market differentiation
B) Requirements for building & equipment
C) Resource schedule and construction sequencing
D) Coordinating operations, revenue & cost reduction
The company’s new work space with appropriate finishes, lighting, furniture & support systems is a personnel recruiting asset.
Properly configured work space to limit equipment noise improves the work setting to reduce personnel turnover and enhance performance. Effectively designed work spaces reduce environmental stress, possibilities of injury, and contribute to reduced operations costs.
A good deal is obtained when the total benefits of new construction exceeds the cost. Each project is unique, and each local market has preferences. By intelligently matching local needs with professional standards, the capital investment is custom-fitted for optimal performance. …
I hope this helps. Carl Sherrill: 951-286-1503
Business Planning / Construction Management / Architecture
Carl Sherrill (firstname.lastname@example.org) as owner’s representative and construction manager, has delivered many capital investments in large corporate and Federal settings – nationwide. This includes, but is not limited to, restaurants, jewelry / toy stores / sporting goods, banking / financial facilities, nursing homes, a Federal lab / court houses / offices, miscellaneous military, security, and production facilities, and shopping centers.