Synergy Self Storage, a two-story facility in Merrimack, N.H., opened the first of two phases on April 1 with nearly 400 climate-controlled units. The second phase, slated to be built next year, will add another 800 units and three more stories. Once completed, the facility will encompass 140,000 square feet of storage space and include a three-story glass façade.
The property at 403 Daniel Webster Highway features all climate-controlled units, some of which are exterior-facing, drive-up spaces. The site’s unique topography made it possible to add ground-level access on three separate floors. Facility amenities include moving and packing supplies, video cameras, motion detectors and electronic gate access.
Although self-storage isn’t new to the area, owner Chris Ross said the facility fills a niche for an unmet need, in particular by providing better climate-controlled spaces. “Our HVAC and dehumidification systems address the three major factors of material degradation to stored items—excessive humidity, airborne pollutants and extreme temperature swings,” he said. “It became apparent to us that while many facilities offered temperature control, the additional investment in dehumidifiers and proper air exchangers was not commonplace. We designed this facility to be able to store our customer’s belongings as we would want our own stored.”
In addition, the perimeter of the building is insulated with high-performance, spray polyurethane-foam insulation, Ross said. Due to the large scope of work and unique nature of the project, information about the use of spray-foam insulation will be included in an article in an upcoming issue of “Spray Foam Insulation & Roofing Magazine,” a trade publication for spray-foam insulation professionals, Ross added.
The self-storage business is the culmination of a decades-long dream for Ross. The project took three years to plan, design, achieve permit approvals and build, he said. “We believe we fill the niche of an unmet need, that of a secure storage location for temperature- and humidity-sensitive items, such as furniture, collectible items and paper-based products.”