Facility Startup/Relo/Closure Projects

Launch your new facility with the right project management partner

Launching a new facility is a daunting challenge. Organizations wonder if they have the resources necessary to bring the project to fruition, especially when time pressures are intensified by the need to achieve strategic goals in a competitive market. Given the significant expenditures new facilities require and the long-term value they’re expected to deliver, the risk of failure also gives companies pause. Getting this type of high-profile project right the first time is critically important.

For organizations contemplating a new facility, choosing the right project management partner is key to success. The team at PMAlliance has exceptional experience in the facility development sector, and their consultants bring with them the skills necessary to turn ideas into reality. PMAlliance’s project management experts have executed some of the most complex and time-sensitive new facility launches in the world. They have what it takes to set realistic parameters for each project, develop timelines that are achievable, control projects at each step to avoid delays and cost overruns, and drive the kind of final results that move organizations into the future.

Know the top critical paths

New facility startups are complex undertakings, particularly when the effort includes the relocation of operations from other sites and the shutdown of locations that have become redundant or obsolete. With all the priorities clamoring for attention in multi-layered initiatives such as these, it’s important that everyone on the team knows their project’s top critical path. They must also be aware of secondary and tertiary critical paths, to ensure progress remains on track across the entire project and that the top critical path isn’t overtaken by delays, reactive firefighting, unexpected activity conflicts, or a lack of attention to any of the most important tasks that must be executed.

Experienced outside support when it’s needed most

For new facilities that are dependent on the closing or relocation of one or more existing sites, organizations must be mindful of some unique stressors. Unless concerns around issues such as workforce relocations or downsizing are carefully managed, they can quickly derail efforts. PMAlliance has deep experience in the planning and execution of sensitive projects. They provide an important benefit by acting as a neutral outside party, with no ties to any of the facilities or workgroups impacted by the launch, relocation, or shutdown. This helps their clients develop the most efficient schedules and work streams, even when internal tensions are high. It also eliminates the risk of untimely information disclosures and ensures that affected stakeholders remain engaged throughout the project.

Manage system and process implementations without missing a beat

Today’s organizations must plan for the deployment of new systems and internal processes as part of any startup facility project. The new best-in-class technology solutions, for example, must often be integrated with existing systems. New processes must be developed to align with best practices and regulatory mandates. Coordinating these activities calls for targeted experience and expertise. With PMAlliance’s strong background in new facility projects, their team has an edge when it comes to systems and processes, an advantage they pass along to their clients as they work together to implement new technologies and internal practices.

Benefit from the right mix of resources

Complex facility startup initiatives require the support of many different disciplines, ranging from construction to technology. Unfortunately, the risks of failure are high if multiple parts of the organization remain inside these functional silos. A business partner able to bring together all the necessary resources—both external experts and internal know-how—and effectively drive everyone toward a single integrated plan is a valuable addition to the team. PMAlliance has the experience to address these difficult problem areas and ensure high-stakes facility projects are successfully executed, on time and on budget.

A project management strategy that offers a competitive advantage

The team at PMAlliance has the background to identify potential risks and challenges, whether it’s a lack of synchronization between construction and startup activities, or putting the right processes in place to ensure the new facility is ready to perform to its full potential. Using their time-tested project management methodology, PMAlliance’s consultants bring together the right experts to facilitate estimating accurate task durations, assign individual-level accountability for activities, and deploy robust project controls to monitor progress and ensure the scope of the project doesn’t creep outward. This methodology enables their clients to successfully deliver even the most highly visible, strategically critical facility projects.

 

Case Study

Industry
Manufacturing
A heavy manufacturing company asked PMAlliance to provide project management support for the development of its new assembly plant. The huge, global project team faced several significant challenges including communication hurdles, a mid-project scope revision, and a large, integrated technology sub-project. Challenges Included: Major Scope Revision Mid-Project; Large, Diverse Team and Long-term Timeline; Large, Integrated Technology Sub-project