• Self-Storage Conversions Abroad: U.K. and Europe
    Thinking about establishing self-storage facilities in the United Kingdom or Europe? Naturally, you want them situated in urban areas for the best possible return on investment. With the shortage of land, it is often advantageous to consider converting an existing ...More
    September 1, 2003 Rod Edge Posted in Articles
  • DBCI Doors & BuildingComponents Inc.
    Atlanta-based door manufacturer DBCI has a simple but noble mission: provide the best customer service possible. How? Supply customers in the self-storage and commercial markets a quality product at a competitive price, with unequaled service and response. To do this, some ...More
    September 1, 2003 Elaine Foxwell Posted in Articles
  • Dealing With Hazardous Materials
    The discovery of hazardous materials in a self-storage unit can happen to even the most cautious storage operator. You might come into work one day and discover gas has spilled onto your property from a nearby construction site. Perhaps you find an abandoned unit filled ...More
    September 1, 2003 Amy Brown Posted in Articles
  • Site Design & Unit Mix
    If Forrest Gump was in the self-storage business, he would say site design and unit mix are like peas and carrots—They always go together. this is very true if you think about how many seminars and roundtable discussions at self-storage conventions combine these two into a ...More
    September 1, 2003 Victor Lopez Posted in Articles
  • The Value of Climate Control
    A museum was planning renovations as well as a large addition to its original building, which required moving more than 11,000 pieces of art to a temporary storage facility. There was no question as to whether the facility would be climate-controlled—the museum’s ...More
    September 1, 2003 Dan Curtis Posted in Articles
  • The On-Site Managers’ Apartment
    One of the biggest decisions an owner faces when building a new site is whether to include an on-site managers’ apartment. Most experienced managers in the industry are used to working and living at their storage facilities. This arrangement affords them the convenience of ...More
    September 1, 2003 Pamela Alton Posted in Articles
  • Lackland Self Storage
    Middlesex, N.J.-based Lackland Self Storage has been nominated for the New Jersey “Family Business of the Year” Award. The award is given in recognition of the significant role a family business plays in the state’s economy and its importance and vital contribution to state ...More
    September 1, 2003 Posted in Articles
  • Building Multistory Projects
    Today’s escalation of property values has created a higher demand for available land. The scarcity of affordable commercial- or industrial-zoned property with premier frontage exposures has driven many storage facilities into the multistory market. In the past, many storage ...More
    September 1, 2003 Bruce Jordan Posted in Articles
  • Making Waves
    This summer, Buchanan Street Partners made a splash with its annual charity fundraiser in support of several children’s causes. On June 6, members of the 40-person firm dove into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake at 6 a.m. to kickoff an Ironman-triathlon relay dubbed “From ...More
    September 1, 2003 Posted in Articles
  • Who’s on First?
    When the staff of Inside Self-Storage contacted me about an article for this issue, I was asked if I would be interested in addressing the topic, “Selecting a General Contractor.” My answer was, “yes and no.” If you’re going to build a self-storage site, yes, you will need ...More
    September 1, 2003 L. Bruce McCardle Posted in Articles