Capital Projects Evolve From Building Construction to Integrated Solutions

Companies expect investment in construction projects to help lead to business improvement.

May 14th, 2014

Owners have begun to exert more influence over capital projects. They have specific requirements—requirements intended to help achieve business goals.

Healthcare owners need buildings that allow efficient flow of patients. Manufacturing facilities must accommodate sophisticated machinery and processes. Almost all building owners desire to lower operational costs.

Whereas in the past, companies simply needed four walls, a few windows and enough space to fit everyone on the payroll, today's businesses want a facility that integrates well with corporate objectives and business processes.

At one time, highly energy efficient buildings seemed too high an investment for the return. Current standards have made energy efficiency performance part of the building code. From carbon footprint to waste to LEED® certifications, the modern building is becoming an integrated solution.

Times have changed. Rising energy prices, tighter margins, regulation changes and a myriad of other factors make capital projects a much more complicated investment. Corporate responsibility at one time meant volunteering or contributing monetarily to the local community.

Now, terms such as net-zero energy, Passive Design and carbon footprint have altered the landscape of how society views buildings: The meat processing industry has trended towards much more energy-efficient buildings; Manufacturers now must traverse international supply chains; The Internet has changed the volume and scope of how consumers purchase goods.

Atlas Roofing understands the emerging needs of today's building owner and that's why it delivers an Integrated Suite of Building Solutions. Each of the six Atlas divisions is committed to delivering high quality, innovative products that meet today's performance standards and tomorrow's sustainability needs.

A new building doesn't just need a roof. For instance, if energy efficiency is the focal concern, Atlas has an integrated set of products to achieve that overall goal—including polyiso roof and wall insulation, roof ventilation systems and interior polyiso insulation to further increase energy performance.

What was once just a roofing job has become an engineered roofing system. A roofing system that increases energy efficiency serves to make the building more stable and even adds points to an overall LEED certification. Simply providing shingles and underlayment won't necessarily accomplish the same goals.

The facility has become an integral point of the overall business solution.

As it has in the past, Atlas will continue to innovate and provide its clients the best solutions available. As a manufacturer, the company will leverage the technologies and processes that will take contractors well into the future.