December 2016: Mini-Storage Messenger


December 2016: Mini Storage Messenger

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Issue Summary

The December edition of Mini-Storage Messenger includes profiles of the 2016 Facility of the Year winners in the Overall and Construction, New Facility, Conversion, International, and Renovation categories.



Cover Story

Overall and Construction Winner

M3storage Tobalaba – Santiago, Chile

By David Lucas

Facility Of The Year

Santiago, the capital and largest city in Chile with nearly seven million residents, is surrounded by the Andes Mountains. The city is virtually landlocked, creating a finite area of developable land, resulting in fierce competition among real estate developers. Santiago-based M3storage had to get creative in order build its second facility. After a lengthy search, the land was leased and planning began. The resulting facility includes an innovative self-supporting, “recyclable,” mezzanine-type steel structure under a warehouse roof to host the storage units. When the lease is completed, the operator can conceivably remove the recyclable structure from the warehouse and relocate it to another site.




New Facility Winner

Tri-Village Self Storage – Columbus, Ohio

By Erica Shatzer

Facility Of The Year

Columbus is the capital and largest city in Ohio, with a population of 850,000 residents. The downtown area’s latest and greatest self-storage facility is Tri-Village Self Storage. The fully climate-controlled, six-story facility takes the phrase “state of the art” to a whole new level with keyless locking features and a biometric security system for the wine storage area. Moreover, despite its grand stature, Tri-Village Self-Storage’s upscale retail appearance enables it to seamlessly blend into the downtown area from street level.


Conversion Winner

Metro Self Storage – Northbrook, Illinois

By Paul Vachon

Facility Of The Year

The village of Northbrook on Chicago’s North Shore is a relatively small community of less than 34,000 residents who enjoy a median income of $124,916 – one aspect that makes it a suitable location for a storybook self-storage facility like Metro Self Storage. The new Northbrook location represents an attractive marriage of form and function with a dash of good business acumen added in. Features include high-capacity loading elevators, an efficient and pleasant working space for office staff, and plenty of curb appeal – a necessity in an upscale community.


International Winner

Mr. Bodeguitas – Juan Pablo II – San Salvador, El Savaldor

By Steve Bergsman

Facility Of The Year

Back in 2003, a small company based in Guatemala City opened a self-storage facility in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, the political capital, commercial center, and most populated city in the country. It was called Mr. Bodeguitas, and it was the first self-storage store in the country with four more facilities to follow. The third store, Mr. Bodeguitas – Juan Pablo II, was the first four-story, urban and modern-designed self-storage facility in San Salvador, if not Central America. It also changed the face of self-storage tenancy in the region, targeting residential customers, particularly wives, for the first time.


Renovation Winner

AAAAA Rent-A-Space – Foster City, California

By Kerry Fivecoat-Campbell

Facility Of The Year

The AAAAA Rent-A-Space in Foster City, Calif., has seen some changes over the years. When the facility opened in 1976, a gallon of gasoline was $0.59, the country was celebrating its bicentennial, and nearby Silicon Valley was in its infancy. Despite multiple remodels, the facility was designed during the self-storage industry’s infancy and still retained some of those outdated design elements. The results of the latest $1.2 million renovation not only brought AAAAA Rent-A-Space Foster City into the modern self-storage world, it brought in more customers as well.



Look Who’s Talking

Heath Mulkey – Owner of Storage Structures, Inc.

By Erica Shatzer

Look Who’s Talking

There are so many building aspects to contemplate with ground-up development that some items can be inadvertently overlooked. Indeed, from materials and design to labor and costs, there are hundreds of matters that require in-depth consideration. That’s one of the reasons Heath Mulkey, owner of Atlanta, Ga.-based Storage Structures, Inc., which designs and constructs self-storage facilities, decided to shed some light on the subject.


Overtime Issues In Self-Storage

Understanding The Regulations

By Scott Zucker

Legally Speaking

An ongoing issue in the self-storage industry is addressing the hours worked by managers who live on the facility premises. The concept of resident managers was initially meant to offer customers a sense of security and improved customer service. But along with that comes the risk that employers and employees may have different expectations of hours for managers to work. This issue has been addressed by the Department of Labor, and this article attempts to provide some information on the subject.


Technology Resolutions

The Top Six Trends For 2017

By Jana Basler

Technology Tips

After you’ve cleaned up the party confetti and tossed the empty champagne bottles, the new year is the perfect time to revisit company goals. But where is your self-storage business headed in 2017? Because your goals are only as good as your knowledge of the industry, we took a closer look at technology trends for 2017. Check out these six trends that can help you shape your business strategy for 2017.


Automatic Sprinklers

The First Line Of Defense

By Rob Neale

Property Protection

Fires in self-storage facilities can have a devastating effect on contents and buildings. In extreme cases where unauthorized persons have taken up residence in a storage unit, human lives may be at risk. A reliable first line of defense is the automatic fire sprinkler system. Fire sprinklers systems have protected property and lives for more than 120 years, and they have an enviable performance record.


Move To End Abuse

Storage Company Helps Victims Of Domestic Violence

By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

Helping Hands

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute – mostly women – are victims of domestic violence. This equates to 10 million victims per year. While there are many shelters to help victims flee domestic abuse, most of these victims have no place to store their belongings while in the shelter. One San Luis Obispo company is seeking to change that.


The Last Word

Periodic Roof Inspections Insure Against Future Problems

Andy Sullivan – President Of ReRoof USA

The Last Word

Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 9 in