When growth forces your company to move to a bigger or second location, there’s a lot that needs to be done. The first step is to choose a new location to build on. To do this, there are a few obvious considerations like traffic, ease of access for customers, and the commute for employees, but there some other factors you may not be aware of. These other factors will have a big impact on the long-term success of the new building.

Site Survey

When you find a site you think might be a winner, check the following criteria to see how it stacks up.

  • Grade of the site- will there need to be a lot of dirt work to get the site ready?
  • Load capacity- how much weight can the soil support?
  • Dimensions- is the site big enough for your project?
  • Environmental Factors- is the site located in a flood plain or high-wind zone?


Doing some digging at the prospective site is important, but you’ll also want to scope out the neighborhood. Ideally, you’ll want to build your new office in an area with complimentary businesses. If a law firm were to build a new office in an area surrounded by car dealerships, it might not make the best first impression to clients. However, you also don’t want to build right across the street from your competitors. Lastly, you may want to check to see how close a location is to your suppliers and vendors to ensure your workflow won’t be disrupted.

Nearby Amenities  

What does the neighborhood have to offer in the way of amenities? Restaurants for lunch breaks, schools, childcare facilities, and even the surrounding scenery can all impact how much your employees enjoy working at this new location. Make sure your new building site has enough convenient options to keep employees happy.

Finding a new place to build is a complicated process with lots of moving parts. Partnering with Cowen Construction gives you access to our 120 years of experience finding and accessing new sites to make sure they’re a good fit for the proposed project.