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  • Extreme Land Utilization
    Self-storage facilities of three or more floors are becoming increasingly common in heavily populated areas where land is scarce and expensive. Economics and the law of supply and demand necessitate multistory building, often with one or two basement levels. But designing ...More
    September 1, 2005 Ariel Valli Posted in Articles, Development
  • Insight to a Great Site
    Self-storage has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. The industry has become more refined, high-tech and competitive. In the '70s and '80s, the challenge was to convince potential customers they needed storage. Today’s goal is to convince prospects they should use ...More
    September 1, 2005 Erik Hermes Posted in Articles, Development
  • Build Right for Marketing
    Constructing a self-storage facility is a huge investment, and a customer base is no longer guaranteed. Before you make a million-dollar mistake, consider some of the following issues. The better you build your site, the better you can market it in the future. Feasibility ...More
    September 1, 2005 Fred Gleeck Posted in Articles
  • 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