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Case Study: Simply Self Storage, Orlando, Fla.

Mary Ann Diehl Comments

When Simply Self Storage decided to build its new offices and corporate headquarters in Orlando, Fla., the company wanted a look that reflected its services. The storage firm turned to U.S. Door & Building Components to achieve that look. The new corporate headquarters was custom designed with metal self-storage interior and roll-up doors from the door and hallway supplier.

"We had previously installed our self-storage doors and metal interiors into a Los Angeles architectural showroom. That experience gave us the expertise to transform a commercial interior that matched the needs of Simply Self Storage," says Charles Cordes, vice president of U.S. Door. "Office visitors, who are considering an investment in a self-storage facility, can actually ‘test drive’ our doors and visualize our hallways in their buildings before buying them."

The Design, The Look, The Means

Simply Self Storage’s new headquarters consists of 3,800 square feet of offices, a reception area and conference room. The interior is in stark contrast to the previous corporate headquarters, which was outfitted in a very traditional Midwestern style. "It was quite a change for our office employees, but everyone seems to be really embracing it," says Jared Farmer, vice president of development.

"No other interior designs were considered," adds D.J. Hobek, director of marketing for the storage company. "We wanted our investors and customers who walked in to know we’re a self-storage business."

Each private office was designed with a standard entry door and a Royal Blue Model 501 self-storage roll-up door. The Model 501 doors come with a high-performance polypropylene wear strip and are manufactured using hot-dipped galvanized-steel components. This wear strip reduces friction during use, making it quiet and easy to operate, both important characteristics when being opened and closed in an office environment. The wear strip also minimizes paint scratching that can occur during high-cycle operation of a rolling-type door.

The conference room is outfitted with the Model 502 roll-up door that features an electric operator to provide maximum opening convenience and effortless operation. As company meetings are about to start, the roll-up door is raised with a push of a button. The Model 502 has a galvanized steel barrel surrounding a "dead axle" spring assembly. The barrel provides even lifting along the width of the door opening and a protective barrier against field mishandling. The Model 502, along with the other self-storage doors in U.S. Door’s product line, is tested to meet 60,000 cycles. The doors are available in sizes up to 12-by-12 and in 22 different colors.

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