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ISS Releases Podcast on Self-Storage Development and Construction Trends


Inside Self-Storage (ISS) has released a new podcast examining current trends in development and construction. Part of the ISS “Sounds of Storage” series, the eight-minute recording features an interview with Rick Dodge, executive vice president of Paramount Metal Systems, a company specializing in the design and construction of self-storage buildings.

Dodge has 30 years experience in the industry and is an authority on new construction projects as well as retrofit framing and roofing systems for conversions and facility renovations. During the interview, Dodge talks about whether it’s better to buy an existing self-storage facility or commit to a conversion project or ground-up construction. He also discusses tips and common mistakes new developers should consider when dealing with city officials and local residents.

Other topics include trends in building and site design, and the impact the Americans with Disabilities Act can have on projects.

Dodge has been a speaker at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo and recently presented during the ISS Developers Conference in New York City. The one-day event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was designed for investors, developers and aspiring self-storage owners interested in the business as well as current operators with plans to expand their portfolio or renovate facilities. Additional ISS Developers Conferences are being planned for the fall in other major cities. Details will be posted to

The Dodge podcast and other installments in the "Sounds of Storage" series may be accessed by visiting the ISS podcasts page.

For nearly 25 years, ISS has provided informational resources for the self-storage industry. Its educational offerings include ISS magazine, the annual Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas, an extensive website, the ISS Store, and Self-Storage Talk, the industry’s largest online community.

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