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.
Insight for the First-Time Self-Storage Developer: What You Need to Know About Feasibility, Financing, Construction and More
Self-storage can be quite rewarding for the investor who does his homework and understands the business. Here are a few items every first-time developer should consider. ...More
Longview, Texas, Walmart Gets Converted to Self-Storage
A former Walmart store that has been vacant for six years in Longview, Texas, is getting new life as a Just Store It self-storage facility, expected to open at the end of July. ...More
Facility-Renovation Spotlight: AAAA Self Storage of Norfolk, Va., and its 100-Year-Old Building
The transition of AAAA Self Storage in Norfolk, Va., embodies an emerging trend in saturated self-storage markets. Well-located facilities in dire need of renovation can undergo restoration to become valuable opportunities for new businesses. ...More
Stor-It-Now Opens in Valparaiso, Ind.
Two commercial developers in Valparaiso, Ind., recently opened Stor-It-Now!, a self-storage facility with 660 units and 75,000 square feet. ...More
NDS Construction Builds Noah’s Ark Self Storage & RV Storage in San Antonio
NDS Construction, a general contracting company for commercial and residential real estate, was awarded the construction contract for the first phase of the new Noah’s Ark Self Storage & RV Storage in southeast San Antonio. ...More
Janus International Adds Three to Self-Storage Staff
Janus International, a supplier of rolling-doors and components for the self-storage, commercial and industrial markets, has added three employees to its self-storage staff. ...More
Council Approves Self-Storage Development in San Mateo, Calif.
The city council in San Mateo, Calif., Monday approved the redevelopment of a 3.5-acre site that will include housing and a three-story self-storage facility. ...More
Summer Shape-Up: A Self-Storage Operator's Guide to Complete Facility Maintenance
This ultimate maintenance guide covers everything from a self-storage operator's rooftop to the asphalt, unit doors to golf carts. Whether these tasks are performed weekly, daily or as needed, staying on top of them will ensure every self-storage facility is in top shape ...More
Self-Storage Owner Honored for Conversion of Coca-Cola Building
A self-storage owner who’s converting a former Coca-Cola bottling building in Pennslyvania into self-storage was recently honored with a 2010 Historic Preservation Awards from Historic York Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historic architecture in York ...More
Refurbishing Self-Storage to Maintain Market Leadership: A Virginia Facility Shares Its Tale
Shields Self Storage of Augusta County, Va., a business now including seven facilities, decided to rebrand two years ago, completing a renovation of its sites: updating computer and management systems, installing state-of-the-art security, designing and developing a new ...More