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.
Historic City Center Self Storage Building Comes Full Circle With Renovation
Built in 1906, the historical building that today is home to City Center Self Storage in downtown Pittsburgh was once the largest warehouse between New York and Chicago. Once featured on postcards and other artwork, the building’s history is chronicled in this video, which ...More
Pittsburgh's Brand-New, 107-Year-Old Self-Storage Business: A Conversion Tale
The conversion of a 107-year-old building to City Center Self Storage in Pittsburgh is truly a unique story. The author shares why the property was ideal for self-storage, the funding challenges developers faced, and the pivotal role technology plays in the facility’s ...More
Alameda County Appeals $1.7M Ruling in Favor of Lockaway Storage in Castro Valley, CA
Alameda County is appealing a $1.7 million court ruling in favor of Lockaway Storage after denying the self-storage operator the right to build a boat- and RV-storage facility in Castro Valley, Calif. Lockaway received a three-year permit from the county to construct the ...More
Proposed Self-Storage Facility in Colorado Dubbed ‘Disturbing’ During Committee Review
Initial plans for a proposed Town Center Self Storage facility in Highlands Ranch, Colo., have been rejected by the city’s developmental review committee. Residents and committee members voiced their displeasure for the project’s design during a meeting earlier this month, ...More
Storage Express Expands in Indiana With Self-Storage Acquisition, New Build
Bloomington, Ind.-based Storage Express recently acquired D-V Storage in Anderson, Ind. The 32,000 square-foot facility is along I-69, 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The company is upgrading the property with improved lighting, security and access-control features, an ...More
TI Storage to Build Self-Storage Facility in Manhattan, NY
Self-storage operator TI Storage has acquired a 36,000-square-foot parking lot in Manhattan, N.Y., on which it plans to develop a self-storage facility. The empty lot, 122 W. 146th St., is located just off Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive. ...More
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