Industrial and large office users are generally the clients that are best served by Quest, and our experience covers a wide array of industries. We can take a project through our proven process starting with feasibility analysis all the way to incentive capture. We can also provide specific services to clients at different points in the site selection process. Quest’s consulting process enables the client to make a defendable, informed site selection decision while maintaining strict project confidentiality.
Throughout these four phases, Quest contemplates a variety of information, including, but not limited to, property suitability (greenfield and existing buildings), utilities, transportation/logistics, workforce availability and suitability, training, education, financial climate, quality of life, and incentives.
Quest will conduct both desktop analysis and field visits to evaluate the proposed properties within a targeted search region. Each property will be evaluated against the project’s defined minimum criteria. Throughout the process, Quest will evaluate the building/site characteristics (size, shape, development issues, transportation infrastructure, and utility infrastructure), operating conditions (labor, costs, etc.), and community conditions (leadership, education, etc.). Quest will provide a comprehensive analysis of the short-listed properties to the client that covers all of these factors. Utilizing Quest to communicate with the targeted states and communities enables the project to maintain confidentiality at this early stage of the project.
Availability of a skilled workforce is a key driver in any site selection project. Quest compiles secondary data from a variety of resources while gathering primary data, such as existing industry labor interviews, directly from prospective project locations. Quest works strategically with clients to identify workforce needs and evaluate how prospective locations measure up against the criteria. This allows clients to identify potential workforce strengths and concerns at competing locations.
Incentives negotiations are critical for any project but should not be the sole driver of the site selection process. Quest will work with the client to create effective partnerships with the local and state authorities, as well as organizations such as utility providers, to best capture both statutory and discretionary incentive support that may be available. Capitalizing on Quest’s incentive negotiations experience will enable the client to utilize incentive tools that they may have not otherwise been aware of. The incentives negotiation process is tedious and requires an experienced professional team to successfully navigate.
SCOPE, a site/project assessment software, is used in collaboration with clients to create detailed models, providing instant feedback on potential properties regarding location cost, layout, and cut and fill. With this macro Building Information Modeling (BIM) tool, the project team can visualize and analyze the project to make informed decisions quickly.
The SCOPE process combines the visual verification and data capturing capabilities in a single model and therefore provides a major breakthrough in predictability. Formulas drive costs on each system based on the specific design, materials, site conditions, and other parameters that produce much more accurate information in a given time period.
The logistical benefits or disadvantages of selected location will have a long-lasting impact on the project's operating costs. Attraction factors (such as proximity to raw materials or customers) as well as aversion factors (proximity to competitors) should play a key role in the site selection decision. Logistics analysis can be available as part of the site selection process in determining the search region, benchmarking finalist locations, or as a standalone service.
Permitting an industrial project can be overwhelming for companies, particularly those not familiar with the process in various jurisdictions. Quest evaluates the permitting requirements, including the approval authority, timeline, and process for obtaining all applicable permits throughout the siting process. Permitting can have great implications on the start-up schedule of a project and will require attentions for all projects, especially those with intensive processes or located in more stringent permitting locations.
Quest can customize our scope of services to fit a client’s site selection needs and is willing to work with any of the client’s preferred third-party partners throughout the process such as engineering firms, environmental permitting consultants, legal support, etc.