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Self-Storage Design Case Study: Broad Street Self-Storage in San Luis Obispo, CA

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When designing a self-storage development, blending in with the local community is often the best course. In fact, municipalities sometimes require it. Read how the owners of Broad Street Self-Storage crafted their facility in San Luis Obispo, California, to represent the area.

When designing Broad Street Self-Storage in the San Luis Obispo, California, the owners were determined to create a beautifully designed facility that would blend well with its attractive architectural surroundings, as it’s located on a busy street. They knew it was also imperative to construct a modern, efficient business.

“The design was a collaboration between us, the architect and the county,” says Chase Morgan of Morgan Enterprises, which owns the property. “Since [the facility] is on such a heavily trafficked road, coming into San Luis Obispo, we did work with the county to make sure the façade of the property was designed in a way that was aesthetically pleasing. We figured this could be our flagship self-storage facility.”

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The project was designed by Norman & Vasquez Associates of Arroyo Grande, California. Phase one comprises 59,430 square feet in three buildings and 442 units, while a second phase will add two more buildings and double the storage capacity. West Coast Construction of Visalia, California, served as general contractor, and MakoRabco of Carlsbad, California, installed the metal buildings. The various components were supplied as follows:

McElroy Metal

  • Roofing: 24-gauge Mirage concealed-fastener panels, some in Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF Charcoal and others in Galvalume
  • End walls: 26-gauge U-Panel in Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF Clay
  • Side walls: 26-gauge multi-rib panel in Sherwin-Williams Fluropon PVDF Clay
  • Trim
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Awnings
  • Soffits

Janus International Group

  • Exterior roll-up doors in cedar red
  • Interior roll-up doors in glossy white

“It was important to the owners—who live in the community—to erect a self-storage facility that was functional and enhanced the aesthetics of [the city],” says Raul Gonzales, project manager for MakoRabco. “The main building nearest the road features towers and pop-outs (awnings) to help with drainage and add an aesthetic element.”

Ken Gieseke is vice president of marketing for McElroy Metal, a family-owned components manufacturer headquartered in Bossier City, Louisiana. Founded in 1963, the company has 13 manufacturing facilities across the United States. To reach him, call 318,747.8071 or email [email protected].

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