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  • Feasibility to Update 1-Story Non CC Facilities - Convert to CC or Multilevel?

    Just curious of any stories of updating your existing facility or if you have even looked into it or heard of others doing it. Mainly for single story building with interior corridors and drive up units on the perimeter, has there been any successful conversions to climate control? If you have a larger rectangular pad is there any possibility to go multi story either building above existing or I assume demo and build new on pad or would this not work due to strength of existing concrete? Any other stories of what you are doing to modify and compete with the newer big box/all cc facilities?

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    Building up is possible but a pain (and will probably not be cheap). You almost certainly cannot bear the load on your existing concrete, i suspect you would have a completely self supported new structure on piers over the old. Converting standard storage to climate controlled will range from difficult to impossible depending on building codes and height of the existing building. Insulation is very difficult to install once the roof is on, and retrofitting the HVAC system will be difficult. Some areas require insulated foundations.

    Putting up a new building or finding an existing insulated big box/factory building to convert may prove to be a lot more sensible unless your land and rent costs are astronomical.

    Security, curb appeal, customer service, technology, marketing and amenities are probably the topics to hit for competing with the big players. Also if you are full, be sure to re-examine your pricing.
    Last edited by Steve_hajewski; 13th October 2019, 11:10 PM.

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      Originally posted by Steve_hajewski View Post
      Building up is possible but a pain (and will probably not be cheap). You almost certainly cannot bear the load on your existing concrete, i suspect you would have a completely self supported new structure on piers over the old. Converting standard storage to climate controlled will range from difficult to impossible depending on building codes and height of the existing building. Insulation is very difficult to install once the roof is on, and retrofitting the HVAC system will be difficult. Some areas require insulated foundations.

      Putting up a new building or finding an existing insulated big box/factory building to convert may prove to be a lot more sensible unless your land and rent costs are astronomical.

      Security, curb appeal, customer service, technology, marketing and amenities are probably the topics to hit for competing with the big players. Also if you are full, be sure to re-examine your pricing.
      Steve great info as always......we are an existing facility without expansion land and not 100% climate controlled in a market where demand for that is increasing so thought it may be worth running the numbers on a conversion and the payback period with increased rates. Sounds like you would almost have to build another shell over the existing building (75'x250' for example) and would still have to workout running the HVAC through existing units? May just be a plan to have in place if vacancy reaches a high level? Or totally unfeasible, have you all done any conversions like this?

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        I only know of one building that was converted from regular storage to climate controlled. It was already a building will halls down the middle. The exterior access units were left as standard drive, insulation was added to the ceiling from inside, as well as the walls between the interior and exterior access units. This isn't the kind of project that Trachte gets into - it's a ton of labor (but not much more steel which is kind of our thing), and if you have any kind of modern energy code to deal with, it will be very difficult to comply.

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