We have an opportunity to lease a building that is currently being built. We can "spec in" features that we want. Some options we are considering are:
vents for spray booth
Any more ideas?
1) Electrical and air drops where your workbenches are.
2) Where are you putting your dust collector--do you need outside discharge?
3) Good lighting in your finish area.
4) Water line for a shop sink and eye wash area.
5) 14' wide overhead doors are great for moving materials in and out.
So, we added a buss bar in our new facility. Up front costs are not cheap, but the flexibility is well worth it. Our plant manager can move or add equipment without an electrician.
Radiant heating works great for us (we put metal heat shields under the hottest part of the tubes to deflect direct heat away from things below). You need to have a way of adding humidity in the winter, no matter what kind of heat you have.
16' wide by 14' high main door. Truck loading dock? An enclosed room with ventilation for the air compressors, to cut the noise. We have skylights and windows in the newest part of the shop, very nice! Lots of lighting. An insulated office with outside air supply to slightly pressurize it, so the dust from the shop doesn't come in as bad. Fire sprinkler system. Overhead doors on both sides or ends of the shop for flow-through ventilation in the summer.
Do a CAD drawing of your shop and make tool "blocks" that you can move around on screen. Provide for future tools in your layout so you don't have to move everything to stay efficiently arranged. I'm in my 5th shop that has now had two additions. We just got through moving every tool in the shop, putting in more power, all new lighting, new air drops, etc. After 8 years of adding tools wherever they would fit, we were a disorganized mess!