Case Study: Simply Self Storage, Orlando, Fla.

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Using a floor plan provided by Jared Farmer, the U.S.Door design department engineered the required metal frames for personnel doors to securely fit into their structural pier and header system. The matching frames create a continuous self-storage look throughout the entire office space.

The hallway system was built around flush, polar-white, 16-gauge structural piers and headers. The structure is considered one of the strongest hallway systems available to the self-storage industry, according to U.S. Door. Chamfered corners, diamond plate aluminum kick plates and corner guards protected the steel components from any damage as objects were moved into the office.

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"We knew what we wanted. The custom doors and hallway systems vary from 5 feet to 8 feet wide," Farmer says. "You get a much more open office feel, which gives you the sense of working in a larger office compared to those with traditional 3-foot-wide doorways." The aesthetic look and the atmosphere the U.S. Door products create is something he enjoys every work day.

The designs provide a practical benefit as well. With the roll-up doors in an open position, communication is better in the office. Also, on move-in day, other benefits became apparent. "When we were moving furniture in and out, the roll-up doors made it very easy to move in, especially the large desks," Farmer says.

As visitors arrive at Simply Self Storage’s office, a reception desk similar in height and appearance to a self-storage rental and retail area is to the right of the entrance. A TV monitor behind the receptionist displays appropriate images for visitors seated in the reception area. Instead of the usual office art on the walls, one conference room has a display of a roll-up door, similar to those seen on the exterior of storage facilities. Staff at Simply Self Storage can point to those doors to better illustrate winning tips and strategies first-time developers need for success.

Other elements were installed throughout the interior to reflect the look and feel of a self-storage facility. Even the stained concrete and the unfinished black ceilings provide realistic features often seen in a storage facility. These finishing touches were provided by the other contractors who worked side-by-side with U.S. Door’s installation team.

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