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Implementing Capital Project Strategies

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

Strategic Facility planning and Industrial Infrastructure Upgrades

How do we avoid creating a patchwork of system upgrades and make strategic facility planning decisions on what to upgrade and when?

Instead of treating test cells and facility upgrades as isolated projects, view them as part of a long-term phased project executed over a long period of time with priorities defined within a master plan that aligns with projected business goals. Implementing capital project strategies provides the foundation for a cohesive and efficient facilities upgrade process over time.

For facilities that are over 50 years old. Does the age of a facility impact the feasibility of a phased approach to upgrades?

It can. Where the infrastructure is outdated, there’s always the question of whether to decommission the facility instead of making extensive upgrades. The condition of the infrastructure and the building is crucial in making this decision. If the building has structural issues, then demolition and building new may be the more economically-sound choice.

How can facility teams balance the familiarity of current practices with the need to adopt more efficient and flexible approaches in new construction projects?

It’s a common challenge. Facilities often rely on what has worked for years. We encourage a phased approach to systems upgrades. This ensures gradual adaptation and helps them make informed decisions for new construction projects, balancing familiarity and advancements.

How can facilities benefit from upgraded utilities without resorting to major capital projects to modernize all central systems?

Older buildings often have large central systems with a unused capacity. The trend is shifting to building unitary systems for new test cells. This minimizes downtime, manages costs, and provides greater flexibility.

How do we future-proof facilities considering the uncertainty in testing needs over the next five years?

All testing relies on utilities. Focus on enhancing facility capacity and flexibility to efficiently meet evolving requirements. This is a cost-effective strategy that ensures you’re investing in upgrades that will provide returns over the long-term.

How can facilities balance the need for industrial infrastructure upgrades with maintaining existing infrastructure efficiently?

Aim for a long-term vision where you can phase out old systems. This allows you to upgrade utilities without disrupting existing operations, keeping maintenance manageable while increasing the facility’s flexibility without any unnecessary duplication of systems.