Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Survey Finds Environmental Planning Standard in Industrial Parks

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Survey Finds Environmental Planning Standard in Industrial Parks

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A recent survey published in the December Geo-Sites Edition of Site Selection Handbook shows a trend in accepting environmental planning as a standard in office and industrial parks throughout the nation.

The survey article which appeared in the publication was a review of industrial parks built over the last four decades. It showed that the percentage of prepared sites which met advanced performance standards had risen from zero percent for parks built before 1950 to 33 percent for those built after 1980.

"These numbers prove that a commitment to environmental planning is now an accepted standard within American industry," said McKinely Conway, Site Selection Handbook publisher, who is also president of Conway Data Inc.

Conway said that "American industry's commitment to environmental standards has also proved to be good business."

To support his opinion, Conway points to the fact that even as the average park has grown increasingly smaller over the years, they have at the same time steadily increased in price.

Those who responded to the survey were asked to rate the standards of their industrial park into one of three categories: basic, moderate or advanced.

None of the parks built before 1950 met advanced performance standards. For those built in the 1950s, 5.6 percent met advanced standards.

The percentages of industrial parks meeting advanced standards rose to 9.7 percent in the 1960s, to 16 percent in the 1970s and made, according to the article, "a quantum leap in the 1980s: a full third of the parks built during the current decade meet advanced performance standards."

Dr. Michael O'Connor, author of the survey report, estimated there would be a total of 9,000 office and industrial sites in the nation by the year 2000, based on the rate of growth during the last 30 years. . .

- A new office building for General Motors Acceptance Corp. branch in Lawton is currently under construction.

Chris Graves & Associates of Oklahoma City is building the facility, which will be leased by GMAC when it is completed in February.

GMAC has operated a branch facility in Lawton for 29 years. The new building will accomodate the growth the office has experienced over the past few years in data processing requirements and personnel.

Chris Graves is owner and developer of the facility. Graves is also a principal in the Oklahoma City commercial real estate brokerage firm of Butcher & Graves. . .

- Jim Campbell Realtors has moved to a new location at 11217 N. May Ave.

The firm was previously located at 12324 N. …

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