“We wanted Thornwood Self Storage Center to reflect our long-term and deep commitment to the local community and to energy conservation,” Kasman says. “The opportunity to address growing consumer demand for eco-friendly services is extremely rewarding.”
During the conversion process, 95 percent of the building’s structure was reused, and construction debris was recycled and reclaimed to reduce the impact on local landfills. Converting the building to self-storage also reduces traffic congestion and auto emissions by more than 80 percent.
The facility offers packing and moving supplies that include recyclable and biodegradable materials. It also uses only environmentally friendly cleaning products. Local vegetation was planted around the facility to eliminate the need for an underground irrigation system.
“These green practices help to dramatically decrease energy consumption, save natural resources, and provide a better experience for customers and employees, at no additional cost,” Gyory says.
The new facility also has several outreach-based initiatives and partnerships with environmental organizations in development. “We feel it’s important to raise awareness of good environmental practices among members of our local community,” Gyory says.
The 48,000-square-foot building offers a total of 35,563 square feet of rentable space and 361 climate-controlled units, with energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Individual units range in size from 5-by-5 to 22-by-20.
The center also features a high-tech security system, onsite power backup and an aerodynamically-designed, dual-alternative fuel truck available for public rental. Onsite customer service is another hallmark initiative of the owners, which includes being open seven days a week.
The developers of Thornwood Self Storage Center are an outstanding example of those who are sensitive to the environment and the community. The key was for them to surround themselves with suppliers who could support of their vision of how responsible business owners should behave in the 21st century.
Terry Campbell is the vice president of sales and marketing for BETCO Inc., a single-source manufacturer of self-storage metal buildings, doors and hallway systems. To reach him, call 800.654.7813; visit www.betcoinc.com.