Would you like to find ways to increase revenue with your current equipment, assess your budget for a facility upgrade, or determine whether you should renovate, or start fresh?

When you need to make strategic decisions for your food business, consulting with food engineering experts in the industry can help you align near-term expenditures with long-term goals.

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Project Definition/ Master Facility Plan

When it is time to expand your growing business, how do you make sure that every step you take now does not become an obstacle during the next expansion?

To define the maximum potential of your investment growing over time, we develop a Project Definition complete with master planning. A Project Definition is a set of equipment layouts, building adjustments, specifications and budget estimates that define a phased and prudent capital investment.

Our objectives in creating your Project Definition/ Master Facility Plan are to:

  • Review the project scope, your goals, and desirable outcomes over a 3-10 year period
  • Define an optimized process layout
  • Establish a Basis of Design document to articulate the end in mind
  • Align project stakeholders to the facility phasing plan
  • Maximize the overall value of the investment

Working together with you, we plan for future productivity goals and additional space requirements while prioritizing throughput optimization at the lowest possible investment cost.

Upfront planning provides for a simple framework that can be followed to steer your project toward long-term success. Live AutoCAD sessions are one of our approaches to identifying both design constraints and opportunities for cost savings.

Preliminary Design

Preliminary Design bridges the gap between initial concepts and detailed design to allow for a deeper understanding of how the facility will come together.

Team members from each engineering discipline assess the general arrangement layout, equipment and utilities, quality requirements, and overall project parameters defined in the Basis of Design.

Drainage, pipe routing, and lighting are just a few of the crucial items included in the package, all based on how to best fulfill your project’s needs while complying with relevant building codes and regulations.

Site Search and Selection

Before you purchase property, we can help you make an informed, strategic decision by conducting market facility evaluations and assessments of possible locations. We consider key factors for your plant location, suitability of existing buildings for renovation, costs to add infrastructure, and access to the local supply chain.

Location Assessment

  • Determine if a property will support facility growth plans
  • Identify factors to support facility location
  • Identifying green and brownfield opportunities with our network connections

Facility Evaluation

  • Analyze conditions for purposes of renovation
  • Identify building code deficiencies
  • Determine costs to renovate
  • Factor in hygienic requirements of CFIA, FDA, BRC, GMP, GFSI, and HACCP

Job Market Analysis

  • Identify labour market size and local skills
  • Determine compensation requirements