“We quickly adapted to our surroundings, including retrofitting an older building and maneuvering the busy Manhattan traffic," Nesbitt adds. The installation crew got to the job site before traffic kicked in each morning to unload product. A lot of custom design was used to adapt to the various ceiling heights and nuances of each floor. “We created an eye-catching door display, which is visible from the many windows at Gotham and really aesthetically presents storage in Manhattan in an appealing light.”
The Office and Other Features
Daniel Goldner Architects was hired to create a stunning management office that defied traditional storage standards. An angular, metal-panel-based exterior siding was used to produce eye-catching curb appeal, and brick walls were replaced with large pane windows around the management office and loading area. Custom cabinetry, terrazzo flooring, high ceilings and sleek styling provide for a visually stunning experience. Along with the upscale office surroundings, customers are treated to a coffee bar and Wi-Fi capabilities.
Customers can drive directly into the building itself and load/unload, all while being protected from the elements. Unlike other urban facilities, Gotham has dedicated parking spaces inside the building so customers can take their time and not worry about parking fees or tickets.
The facility features two 10-by-40-foot freight elevators for customer convenience. These carpeted elevators are large enough to accommodate a truck, and they are fully automatic to work like normal passenger elevators.
Customer storage areas are top-notch, with renovated floors and brand new units and roll-up doors. Units range from four-by-four to 20-by-80 feet. Each floor is temperature-controlled, carpeted, well-lit and equipped with Wi-Fi.
A high-tech, natural-gas-fed, mini-turbine system was installed for heating and air. The building’s own internal cogeneration plan uses excess heat from the production of electricity through the mini turbines to heat water, which warms the buildings in the winter. The same hot water runs through absorption chillers to produce chilled water in the summer to cool the building. This system is not only less expensive than using power from traditional methods, it produces far less greenhouse gas.