Space Requirements

Prioritizing your requirements will help you to identify the critical factors for an optimal site.

After aligning your site selection project with your company’s strategic plan, you need to identify and prioritize your space requirements. This is where you identify your "must-haves" vs. your "desirables."  This will save you time wasted touring spaces that won’t meet your needs.

Site selection criteria vary by industry and company size. An experienced industrial real estate agent should be able to help you compile and rank a list of factors specific to your company. Below is an abbreviated list of some of the more common factors in industrial site selection.

Building/Site Features

  • Access (highway, airports, railroads)
  • Proximity to clients and suppliers
  • Loading areas
  • Drive-in doors
  • Truck turnaround space
  • Ceiling height
  • Bay spacing
  • Floor load
  • Lighting
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Utility requirements (electricity, water, gas, sewer)
  • Special ventilation
  • Employee/client parking
  • Amount of office space
  • Room for future expansion

Regional Attributes

  • Skill level and suitability of the labor market
  • Wage rates
  • Union profile
  • Occupancy and construction costs
  • Incentives
  • Tax rate
  • Availability of housing
  • Cost of living
  • Public transportation
  • Surrounding amenities
  • Crime rate
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