La Tortilla Factory
Corporate / Manufacturing Headquarters
STRATIGIC FACILITY PLANNING AND FAST TRACK SCHEDULING KEY TO LA TORTILLA FACTORY ON-TIME MOVE-IN
Sixteen months ago, La Tortilla Factory was poised for expansion. To achieve their goal,
La Tortilla Factory chose The Fifth Resource, LLC. to locate and design their build to suit corporate headquarters manufacturing facility, consolidating out of six buildings.
How was La Tortilla Factory's expansion process distinct from that of any other Sonoma County Corporation?
La Tortilla Factory wanted a quality facility, customized to their needs, in record time. Sounds like a logical goal. So how did La Tortilla Factory achieve a positive end result when so often expansions are fraught with headaches? By choosing to engage The Fifth Resource, LLC., La Tortilla factory also chose to embrace a cutting edge "Facility Program" for design to build facilities developed by The Fifth Resource, LLC.
Who is The Fifth Resource, LLC.
The Fifth Resource, LLC. is the genesis of a unique approach to applying "new management" concepts in project management, design, and corporate real estate consulting. As a full service organization, The Fifth Resource, LLC. provides client consultation for transactions, development, facilities services, and asset disposition. The Fifth Resource Group, LLC.'s Facility Program offers coordinated project implementation and provides the client with the benefit of one-point contact. The results are enhanced integration of capital, people, technology, and information in corporate real estate activities.
How did the Fifth Resource Group, LLC. integrate the Facility Program to achieve La Tortilla Factory's goals?
By melding industrial parameters with La Tortilla Factory's customized requirements and working with Keegan & Coppin Company, The Fifth Resource, LLC. generated a superior "Request for Proposal" (RPF) resulting in a sound real estate decision. This RPF was the basis for The Site Search.
The Site Search and Facility Investment Strategy: Why are real estate strategies important to tortillas or any other company's product? As published in the Harvard Business Review, 25% of a corporation's assets are facilities. Recognizing a company's facilities as an asset mandates a viable return on the investment strategy of facilities management. The Fifth Resource Group, LLC. is committed to integrating facilities design and management with a company's primary business mission.
Why is this integration so vital for a company's success? While some estimates report that a quarter of all U.S. corporations now manage their real estate investments for profit, many still do not recognize the relationship between their facilities and their financial performance. Even fewer balance their long-term and immediate needs to maximize returns.
How to address this dilemma?
The Fifth Resource, LLC. applies the Strategic Facility Plan (SFP) as a cornerstone to the Facility Program that it customizes to a company's unique needs. The SFP is a flexible framework that identifies facilities' needs and incorporates alternatives to maximize productivity and profit. The result of the SFP is a wide angle snapshot of a facility for an objective and time-saving planning process.
Flexibility is created in the SFP by two key factors: The SFP works in tandem with a business plan that is proactive will financial modeling and costing, and anticipates at least three scenarios: expansion, maintenance at the status quo, and downsizing. The framework of the SFP must be computerized by tailor-made databases that are reviewed and updated on a frequency needed by the business, to support changing market conditions.
Jim Ford of The Fifth Resource, focuses the SFP on four components that identify and analyze business needs relative to:
1) Long-range facilities planning;
2) Real asset management and policies (acquisition / disposal and location /consolidation);
3) Space-management / best -use analysis (requirements and standards); and
4) Management of the design and construction procurement process.
For Strategic Facility Planning to work, it is essential for top management to be part of the SFP team, because top management knows the long- and short-term goals of the business. Department managers, facility support staff, and production managers then provide the more specific information. In addition, a long-range marketing plans may need considered as they will affect the growth of the company.
Fast Track Design and Construction -
The Fifth Resource Group, LLC. used the Facility Program to coordinate the site design and shell layout, as well as preparing the construction documents for the interiors. Ed Sohl, Architect, coordinate the La Tortilla Factory interior design that promotes integration of manufacturing and supervision with the Tamayo Family organization. By partnering with Westwind Business Park, DES Architects and Midstate Construction, the team was able to take the Facility Plan to complete the project in less than a year from contract signing. "Fast Track" design and construction were critical in reaching the target completion date.
The Fifth Resource, LLC. is very proud to be part of a team that met La Tortilla Factory Goals of retaining their community presence while providing them with an on time move-in.
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