• Starting Small
    As the saying goes, “Good things come in small packages.” Twenty-five years ago, I could barely fit a computer on my desk; today, I can tuck one in my briefcase. My cell phone is about the size of a pack of Tic-Tacs and will take a picture. Video cameras, televisions and ...More
    September 1, 2005 Melissa Hermes Posted in Articles, Development
  • Car-Wash Construction
    Building a car wash is a long, tedious, expensive project. Each type of wash carries its own set of requirements, whether it’s a self-serve, self-serve with automatic, automatic, or conveyor tunnel (exterior or full-serve). Utility, site layout, traffic and production ...More
    September 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles
  • Using a Self-Storage Consultant
    So you’ve decided to enter the self-storage industry. Good for you! You’ve found a piece of land, hired a professional to conduct your feasibility study, and received a favorable report. You’ve also hired an architect who specializes in self-storage design, and you’re ready ...More
    September 1, 2005 Pamela Alton-Truitt Posted in Articles
  • SS-20 Building Systems Inc.
    Safeguard Juniata in Philadelphia She company’s mission is clear: “To be a quality supplier and installer of building products to the self-storage, industrial and commercial markets,” says Chris Woodward, president and owner of SS-20 Building Systems Inc. The Bradenton, ...More
    September 1, 2005 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Not-So-Secret Sales-Agent Man
    Charles “Chico” LeClaire should invent an industry version of Monopoly for self-storage brokers. Over the years, he’s sold the storage equivalent of every property on the board—the Baltic Avenues, Park Places, Marvin Gardens and Boardwalks. His Community Chest runneth over ...More
    September 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Practice Makes Profit
    On days when the weather is nice, I ride my bicycle to work. It’s about an 8-mile trip each way. I was recently forced to take a hiatus due to some business traveling and a week of rain. When I finally hopped on my bike again, I found I had to stop and rest along the way. I ...More
    September 1, 2005 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • Is Metal Just Metal?
    Metal construction dates back to the early 20th century. Less than a century later, metal buildings comprise 38 percent of all one- and two-story commercial projects in the construction market. Metal products and assemblies are used in government facilities, shopping ...More
    September 1, 2005 Justin Farris Posted in Articles
  • Planning for Records Storage
    More and more self-storage operators are considering the addition of records storage as a value-added service to their existing business. The most important ingredient is planning the space to accommodate the new venture. There are four options: Option 1: Adapt Existing ...More
    September 1, 2005 Cary F. McGovern Posted in Articles
  • Product Showcase
    INSOMNIAC Customers testify on behalf of OpenTech kiosks As OpenTech Alliance Inc. approaches its three-year anniversary, it has a lot to celebrate. In its short history, the company has emerged as a leading developer of self-service kiosks for the storage industry, with ...More
    September 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Burning Question
    To build or not to build is the biggest question facing today’s self-storage developer. When considering a plan, he has to examine a number of critical issues to ensure a viable and profitable project. Some considerations are whether the area can support more storage, how ...More
    September 1, 2005 Jamie Lindau Posted in Articles, Development