This document describes a general methodology for planning and constructing appropriate facilities manufacturing/configuration/rework activities.

Planning - commonly known within the facilities field as "programming", is an obvious and essential starting point. No other single item is as critical to the overall success of the facility.  Such programming should properly be based upon a corporate "facilities plan", as a part of the overall company business plan.   The decisions for any new facilities should be directly responsive to this plan;  such plans should be reviewed periodically and updated prior to the acquisition and development of a new site.

The output of the strategic planning process (programming) will be a planning document or "program".   Inputs to the program will be derived from an examination of all the aspects which drive this particular business activity, head counts, equipment lists, etc.  Not only will the "program" serve to ensure the facility meets the business objectives, it can also be a useful tool to promote the project and develop support within the company.  After the process is underway, the "program" will serve both as a bassis for derriving the RFPs for various vendors and contractors, as well as the initial input to project management software tools.

While the leadership of many companies contain individuals with experience in planning new facilities, the organization will often be best served by retaining the services of a professional organization to facilitate the process. Adapticom has a background in factory and laboratory architecture, engineering, construction and/or facilities setup and has the resources to devote full time staff to the process.

Some Common Program Checks:
  1. Use Permits.
  2. Utilities infrastructure serving the building/space/site.
  3. Back-up power requirements.
  4. HVAC system. 100% outside air? Number of air changes per hour and/or CFM/SF?
  5. Floor loading capacity
  6. Ceiling height and column spacing appropriate? (space allocated for exhaust ductwork and other utilities, making usable clear heights critical and too many columns make efficient bench and equipment layouts a challenge).
  7. Additional mechanical space (ground, basement, rooftop or penthouse) available (and suitable) for the placement of future equipment (HVAC, electrical generator, etc.)?
  8. Expansion space – adjacent or otherwise?
  9. Abandoned  plumbing, ductwork, ground, from previous owners/tenants, related liabilities
  10. Cable Abatement requirements as per 2002 NEC
  11. Is facility layout and casework modular, flexible and/or moveable?  Freestanding, skid-mounted and bench top equipment/instrumentation makes for faster process modifications.