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Building a Multi-Story Self-Storage Project: Factors to Consider

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You’ll also be required to install fire sprinklers in any multi-story building of this type. The city may also have certain restrictions on height, and this must be evaluated.

A typical multi-story facility is constructed so the core of the building is self-sustained, meaning the outer walls can be built of almost any material you desire. Some exteriors are less expensive, such as metal wall sheeting; others, like stucco, are much more expensive. There are many other options for the exterior: concrete masonry unit, brick, exterior insulation finish system, glass curtain wall, or a combination of these products.

The sky is the limit when it comes to design, thanks to all of these options. In many instances, the design can help you get approval from an architectural review board, local homeowners, the city or another governing body.

The design and construction of multi-story storage has come a long way in the last few years. The creativity expressed by many projects is nothing short of spectacular. From projects that look like high-end office buildings to others that look like residential apartments, the opportunities are limited only by imagination.

Before you build, consider all of the factors involved in an important development of this nature. This is best achieved by working with a team that fully understands these issues.
Charles Plunkett is president of Artistic Builders Inc. and CEO of Capco Steel Inc. He has presented numerous construction-related seminars and been featured in several self-storage publications. His experience includes welding, fabrication, steel erection and general contracting as well as the design, development and construction of commercial projects including self-storage. To reach him, call 210.493.9992; visit

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