Facility Spotlight: Thomas and 83rd Self Storage, Phoenix

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Wide driveways accommodate trailers, boats and other toys. “It was a really flat sight so there weren’t a lot of elevation issues,” Williams says. “In order to maximize the site usage, we had to store some of the drain water underground.”

High-End Security

TLW turned to Azstar Communications in Mesa, Ariz., to install the facility’s integrated security system. Azstar chose security components from PTI Integrated Systems for the project. In addition to traditional security measures, such as gate access, keypads and electronic door strikes, Azstar also installed keypads on the facility’s two-story buildings, restricting access to the buildings’ tenants only.

The front office has two 42-inch flat screen monitors: one for video surveillance, another for site graphics, including occupancy and delinquent accounts. And the property’s 24 cameras are linked to a 32-channel DVR recorder, an upgrade over previous DVR recorders. “The 32-channel DVR has become more affordable in the last year,” explains Greg Sherwood, Azstar’s director of self-storage. The 32-channel DVR simplifies recording. “The manager only has to maintain and operate one video system,” Sherwood adds.

Another security component more self-storage developers—and tenants—are looking for is advanced intercom systems. Azstar installed an above-average system that includes not just an intercom, but also music and a paging system. The facility features an intercom every 75 to 100 feet. “It’s very customer friendly,” Sherwood notes. “The music tends to make people feel more comfortable, especially in the large buildings.”

For more information, call TLW Construction at 877.392.1656, or Professional Self Storage Management at 520.320.9135.

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