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Visioning space to support facility repurposing

Steve Eckler,
3D model comprised of points captured by a 360-degree laser scanner

There’s a growing trend in the industrial real estate market—the abandoned assets of yesterday’s assembly line-based manufacturing are becoming today’s opportunities for the advanced manufacturing market. Building upon the due diligence of the founding architects of the “Location, Location, Location” site selection mantra, adaptive reuse can be a cost-effective option when coupled with today’s reshoring and sustainability incentives.

Adaptive reuse can be a cost-effective option when coupled with today’s reshoring and sustainability incentives.

Adding to the existing economic development foundation, the repurpose option also benefits from cost-saving, time-to-market-reducing factors such as the presence of an existing structure, adequate zoning, and readily available infrastructure. And for industries seeking sustainability credits, it is often stated that: the greenest building is the building never built!

And therein lies the challenge. With new building construction, the user is the architect, the designer, and the programmer; it is a blank canvas where the solution fits the need. Repurposing an existing building, which met the past and often dated needs of others, requires adjustments to space—the visioning of which can be difficult beyond a dated reality and the constraints of the human mind’s eye perspective. How do you capture and promote a building’s potential and energize the decision-making process? Visioning tired space for current needs can be a challenge and a knock-out negative in the competitive site selection decision-making process.

That is until now. Reality capture technology is an innovative 21st century tool, which can capture 3D model representations of real-world space. The laser scanning technology captures millions of points to create a three-dimensional point cloud. The scanned data (or point cloud) is georeferenced, and can be deployed to create virtual reality perspectives of existing and future space. Once created, the data can be used to facilitate site marketing, programming, cost estimating, and site-selection decision making. Tired assets become diamonds in the rough.

Put yourself on an equal playing field with undeveloped sites using a technology that provides the flexibility of a blank canvas, which can be manipulated to facilitate programming of future space requirements, equipment fit-ups, cost-estimating, and virtual tours. Reality capture technology is a time- and cost-effective tool to any adaptive reuse strategy.  

OBG continues to work with advanced manufacturing clients to use this tool to solve their repurposing challenges.

About Steve Eckler: Steve Eckler, an economic development expert at OBG, has more than 27 years of professional experience in a career that has focused on business attraction; local, state, and federal right-to-build requirements; environmental regulations and permitting; site assessments; and environmental compliance issues.

Steve Eckler
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