Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI), first opened its doors as a civil engineering and surveying firm in Fargo, North Dakota, back in 1968. Since that time, the company has expanded its capabilities, staff and geographical locations. Today, HEI provides a full range of civil engineering, environmental, planning, and technological consulting solutions for clients across the United States.
HEI’s Maple Grove office was originally located in a single-story business center. As the office grew, it added space at that location until one day, its L-shaped layout was no longer efficient nor able to address the future growth. With nearly 50 employees commuting from areas across the metro and beyond, office space and parking space was at capacity and a limiting factor. With the lease coming due in the near-term, it was time to find a new location.
Given the number of options to evaluate for each building, Cory recommended that HEI consider using a selection criteria chart methodology to help determine which building would best meet their needs.
HEI had a team of six employees from various functions within the company working on the selection process. The team members created a list of key criteria that were important to the company. When selecting a new location, they ranked the criteria accordingly, and being an engineering company, they analyzed and charted the results.
Cory J. Miller, CCIM | CoryMiller@Ackerberg.com | 612-924-6509
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