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  • 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
  • Retrofitting a Security System
    Security can be a fantastic selling point at a self-storage facility, regardless of its location; but installing a security system in an already established site can be problematic. Retrofitting a site with security creates different concerns than with a newly constructed ...More
    September 1, 2003 Rod Davis Posted in Articles
  • European Storage and Security
    The European self-storage market is moving full-steam ahead. This expansion has been highly anticipated for years. Offering superior security creates a strong, competitive marketing advantage. It’s a lesson the European self-storage industry can learn from the U.S. ...More
    September 1, 2003 Chris Shope Posted in Articles