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Alternative Building Methods for Self-Storage

Elaine Foxwell Comments
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An example of a steel storage facility.

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Reduced Design Costs

Since the beginning of 2008, Mako’s steel costs have risen about 50 percent, says Caesar Wright, company president. Compounding the problem, even though Mako is typically involved with the client early in the project, it’s not uncommon for eight to 12 months to pass between inception to actual construction. “Take that time and rising construction costs, and creating a budget for lending purposes becomes difficult,” Wright says.

“We are continually researching new ways to improve the design of our building systems,” McCardle adds. Mako performs value-engineering on projects that have already been designed, but it’s always less costly to complete this process before breaking ground. If plans have already been submitted for permitting, the company has no choice but to construct the buildings as they are designed. The only other option is to go through redesign, then resubmit the new plans, which adds even more time and money, McCardle says.

Value-engineering can reveal improvements through small details such as clips, fasteners, anchors, etc. “These may seem insignificant, but when you consider the volume of these items required to construct a storage facility, the dollars add up quickly,” McCardle says.

“In this marketplace, it’s best to keep your eyes wide open,” Wright adds.

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