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.
Designing Space for Self-Storage Ancillary Services: Wine Storage, Records Storage, Boat/RV Storage and Retail
Designing space for the ancillary services offered at many self-storage facilities—boat/RV storage, records storage, wine storage and the sale of packing and moving supplies—takes consideration of the space required, cost and the existing facility layout. This article ...More
Self-Storage Remodeling Case Study: The Owner of a 20-Plus-Year Facility Upgrades Buildings to Keep Competitive
Carl Sutton, owner of Space Place Self-Storage in Midway, N.C., made the important decision to upgrade his 20-plus-year buildings to improve curb appeal and keep competitive. This article addresses the remodeling process, cost and benefits. ...More
Solar Self-Storage Design: Size, Location, Placement and Aesthetics of a Solar-Panel Array
There are many factors to consider when adding solar panels to a self-storage facility. This article addresses system design, including the general size, location, placement and aesthetics of a solar array, as well as the building requirements needed to host a system. ...More
Men on the Move Converts Empty Factory to Self-Storage in Glen Head, N.Y.
Moving and self-storage provider Men on the Move is nearing completion on a $3 million conversion of a former factory at 88 Hazel St. in Glen Head, N.Y., a small town on Long Island. ...More
Self-Storage Developer SBS Begins Construction on San Antonio Facility
SBS Construction has begun work on its latest project: Taft Self Storage, which will span roughly 78,000 square feet at 11707 Culebra Road on the west side of San Antonio. The facility is scheduled to be completed during the fourth quarter of this year, and Taft Storage LP ...More
Chicagoland Self-Storage Operator LifeStorage to Open New Facility in May
Chicagoland self-storage operator LifeStorage will open a new facility, converted from office space, in the River North neighborhood of Chicago on May 15. ...More
Company Releases Self-Storage Heat-Retention Products
Warm Storage Units, a division of Temperature Retention Systems Inc., unveiled its patent-pending Weatherization & Temperature Retention Systems and Door Curtains for the self-storage industry last week. Debuted March 15 at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las ...More
Self-Storage Professionals Peruse Products and Services at This Week’s ISS Expo in Las Vegas
This week’s Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas offers self-storage owners, managers, developers and management companies a chance to meet with more than 120 self-storage suppliers providing a wide range of industry products and services. Starting on Wednesday at ...More
New ADA Standards Go Into Effect for Self-Storage on March 15
As of March 15, the self-storage industry will be required to follow the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations passed in 2010, unless a property already meets the original ADA standards written in 1991. Any renovations or development of new facilities must be ...More
Self-Storage Planned in Upscale Mixed-Use Area in Loveland, Colo.
Self Storage @ Centerra, a $5 million, 780-unit self-storage project deemed "upscale" by its developers, is slated for construction at the Centerra mixed-use retail, office and residential complex in Loveland, Colo. The recent $1.4 million sale of 8 acres at E. 37th Street ...More