Two Trends Impacting Industrial Design and Construction

Apr 12, 2022

Recently, the manufacturing and supply chain community came together for a return to in-person trade shows at a record-setting MODEX event. Our cross-functional, industrial sector team connected with 37,000+ attendees and joined 800+ other exhibitors at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. MODEX attendees were ready to explore cutting-edge solutions and innovations to ensure their supply chain network can support their growing demand.

The significant growth trend for industrial space continues with many customers seeking ideas for new build-to-suit construction and trusted partners to help update, evaluate, expand or renovate existing buildings. Two key themes emerged in our conversations with end-users that ultimately impact how facility design and construction can improve operational efficiency and the entire supply chain process.

1. Automation & Technology

Facilities are getting more complex at the cutting edge of digital and productivity-enhancing technologies, task automation and robotics which are essential strategies to drive productivity, throughput and quality improvements. Examples include: automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), case-pick systems and goods to person (GTP) technology. Today’s industrial market is a true balancing act between customization vs. speed-to-market with companies seeking flexible design that can be adapted and modified based on the business need or process.

2. Sustainability

Sustainably efforts are at the forefront of every leading company’s strategic initiatives. There is strong interest for sustainable design construction and technology, including: EV/lithium-ion technology, energy management, low carbon footprint materials and solar solutions. There is increased focus and transparency in the value chain on cleaner, safer products and engagement with the local community. Momentum is building to drive waste diversion and carbon reduction from construction to final operations. Many Fortune 50 companies have made commitments to be “Carbon Neutral by 2040” or sooner.

MODEX is just the start of a conversation. From conceptual planning to final execution, the nation’s top distribution and e-commerce companies are consistently turning to us as their trusted partner for bringing their most complex fully automated, mechanized, cold-storage, conventional and custom warehouse projects to market. Whether it’s collaborating closely with automation integration partners or building solutions for our customers, we develop, design and construct facilities that support industrial operations at every level of complexity.

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