Self-storage construction has become more sophisticated over the past decade due to heightened consumer expectations as well as more rigid approval processes through municipal planning and zoning boards. Where self-storage was restricted to industrial zones in the past, it now often enjoys prime locations in commercial and even residential areas. Self-storage buildings, primarily constructed of metal building panels, are available in increasingly attractive options. Suppliers provide roofs, corridors, roll-up doors, mezzanines, lifts, elevators, relocatable buildings, and more. Important aspects of self-storage building include site layout, design and unit mix. Trends in self-storage construction include conversions, multi-story building, climate control and ‘green’ building, which can involve LEED certification and sustainable options such as solar panels. Specialty niches include boat/RV storage, wine storage and storage condos.
Self-Storage Retrofit Opens in Key West, FL
A vacant warehouse in Key West, Fla., that formerly housed a beer distributorship has been converted into a self-storage facility featuring 501 units. Choice Storage Center, which opened in late March, was repurposed from the Silver Eagle beer-distribution center on N. ...More
Milt’s Mini Storage Develops New Self-Storage Facility in Omaha, NE
Self-storage operator Milt’s Mini Storage is developing its 11th facility in the Omaha, Neb., market. Construction will begin in late July. ...More
Self-Storage Design Study: Working With Small Land Parcels, by Mako Steel Inc.
Situated on a skinny parcel of just 1 acre, West Coast Self Storage in Costa Mesa, Calif., needed serious pizzazz to gain notice in the crowded neighborhood. ...More
Self-Storage Design Study Using Complex Materials, by Capco Steel Inc.
A-AAAKey Mini Storage No. 43 in San Antonio features a complex melding of colors, textures and materials to create an eye-catching exterior appearance. Capco Steel Inc., a steel supplier and erector of metal buildings, RV and boat storage, provided the steel, panels and ...More
Kutztown, PA, Gets Its First Self-Storage Facility
Kutztown Self Storage celebrated its grand opening May 10, becoming the first self-storage facility to open in the borough of Kutztown, Pa. ...More
City Denies Menards Self Storage Conversion Project in Janesville, WI
The Janesville, Wis., planning commission denied Menards Self Storage’s request for a conditional use permit to convert its former retail building into a self-storage facility. The commission rejected the proposal by a 5-1 vote. ...More
The Lock Up Self Storage to Build Facilities in Wheaton, IL, and Bonita Springs, FL
The Lock Up Self Storage is building new self-storage projects in Wheaton, Ill., and Bonita Springs, Fla. The Wheaton facility will be located next to the Main Street Marketplace and comprise 81,543 square feet. The Florida project is already under construction and features ...More
Is Your Market Ready for New Self-Storage Development? Factors to Consider Before Buying Land
With increasing land costs and escalating city and county building requirements, self-storage developers are getting more creative at finding sites on which to build. This article outlines considerations for acquiring a parcel for self-storage. ...More
Self-Storage Design Study: Inventive Use of Space, by Janus International
When Christopher Zupsic of Portland-Pacific LCC, a private real estate investment firm, decided to turn an empty building in downtown San Francisco into a self-storage facility, he turned to Janus International for help in designing some very creative spaces. StoragePro of ...More
Residents Oppose Proposed Self-Storage Facility Near Cedar Park, Texas
Two proposed development projects, including a self-storage facility, have drawn the ire of subdivision residents near Cedar Park, Texas. Residents have collected more than 600 signatures on a petition designed to stop two separate developers from building a gas station and ...More