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Investing in the Industrial Sector
September 3, 2008   
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Manufacturing, distribution, R&D, whatever the end use is, all industrial sectors demand a diverse range of expertise - from machine foundation layout and placement, special floorings and automated material handling to highly sophisticated mechanical and electrical systems.

Industrial buildings are generally secondary to the process or function. Accordingly, the philosophy of Construction Management is that the construction process itself be as swift and uneventful as possible to accommodate early and effective revenue streams from a fully functional facility. The equipment inside is often of greater value than the building itself, therefore Construction Management places a heavy emphasis on early, detailed planning to carefully coordinate with client-furnished systems and equipment. Construction Management's particular programming, phasing and scheduling procedures, evolved over many years, easily adapt the construction process to suit the introduction of plant and equipment at any stage in the building program.

It also becomes crucial to understand the need to develop design with the lowest possible impact on the environment, but also to reduce the costs of production. The organization of process must be capable of providing the most efficient outcome available at the time of executing work. Moreover, thoughtful understanding of technology and continuous research on ways to improve it becomes a key factor in the planning phase. It requires flexibility to change the design, when new technology, offering an increase in capability, is developed.

In addition to specific challenges related to the industrial sector, general challenges in the construction market must be taken into the consideration. Even though the Polish building industry is growing with the increasing income and revenue and a variety of investments decreasing the unemployment rate, we can't overlook black clouds gathering in the Polish sky. A shortage of skilled workforce, increasing costs of production, can easily scare the investor. There is also the unsatisfactory and confusing legislation system and European Union requirements with regards to CO2 and SO2 emission - especially important for heavy industry investors. Professional reports claim that the shortage of employees in the industry sector amounts to over 300,000 people, including both construction workers and qualified engineers. Over 200,000 construction permits are issued annually, while the Polish market offers only around 60,000 engineers qualified to manage construction sites. As a result, a decrease in quality and a lower level of safety at work can be observed more and more often.

This state of the Polish construction market has caused an increase in interest in the Construction Management approach as it offers a variety of solutions to the above issues.

Faced with this challenging reality, Construction Managers with their strong emphasis on safety and international expertise, have gained extensive experience in handling unexpected situations arising with the changes in the market and protecting the construction process.

While there is nothing one can do to predict the future, there is a lot that can be done to prevent the surprise element. That is Construction Management's approach - helping to keep the budget and program at the pre-agreed level or even improving it, where possible.

Industrial projects are highly challenging due to their integrated character related to process installations, which is why it's essential to get sufficiently qualified staff to avoid failures and costly mistakes.

Artur Dziubak, Business Development Manager at Bovis Lend Lease
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