Contributing Editors



Federal Documents Discovered in Michigan Storage Unit Trigger Concerns of Identity Theft

by John Stevens July 21, 2011 8:15 AM
A month after sensitive veterans’ records from Arlington National Cemetery were found in an abandoned Virginia storage unit, more government documents have surfaced in an auctioned-off storage unit in Michigan last week. [More]

New Colorado Self Storage Facility Earns Gold LEED Certification

by John Stevens July 18, 2011 10:43 AM
It takes a lot of dedication and resolution to decide to “go green” when building a new self storage facility. The ultimate prize is to become LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which outlines strict criteria for builders to follow. And while the up-front price tag will be five to ten percent higher to build a sustainable, LEED-certified structure, the building’s functional life expectancy is longer and long-term costs are less. [More]

With Thoughts of Expansion, Many Self Storage Operators Look to Boat/ RV Market

by John Stevens April 15, 2011 9:31 PM
Self storage operators often consider renovating or expanding space to grow their business. One avenue that more operators are now looking into is boat and RV storage. Many developers and owners are adding to their existing facilities in locations and markets where it makes sense. A popular trend in the self storage market is the addition of bigger units. [More]

Self Storage Industry Supports the Military

by Holly Robinson March 28, 2011 4:26 PM
It takes a special person to be willing to lay their life on the line for someone else. There really isn’t a bigger sacrifice that someone can make for another. In some relationships it is almost expected, i.e. parent and child. However, there are a group of people that are willing to put their life on the line for total strangers and often for people that may not even want them there—the armed forces. [More]

EasyStorageSearch.com Improves Ease of Use and Ramps Up Service

by John Stevens March 25, 2011 11:22 AM
When consumers look for self storage options, most hop on the Internet to conduct a quick search. Making that search easy, quick and thorough is what database websites strive to achieve. Making improvements to the search engine capability is ongoing. EasyStorageSearch.com recently revamped its website to better provide up-to-date pricing and rental information. [More]

Nebraskan Storage Facility Opens Vacant Units to Local Artists

by John Stevens February 3, 2011 12:12 PM
An Omaha, Neb., storage facility rolled up its storage unit doors for something much more extraordinary than boxes and bins. On Jan. 29, the Old Market’s Urban Storage facility reached out to its local artist community and offered up its vacant storage units for a two-part exhibition in which more than 75 artists and performers participated. [More]

Maryland Self Storage Company Leading Way in High Standard LEED Certification

by John Stevens January 21, 2011 8:21 AM
Getting a self storage facility built to the highest eco-friendly rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) http://www.usgbc.org/Default.aspx is no easy feat. And it takes a commendable dedication to the preservation of the environment to achieve. But the energy savings down the road are in the range of 20 to 30 percent. A facility can save thousands of dollars each year on its energy bill. A newly constructed ezStorage http://www.ezstorage.com/ facility located in Elkridge, Md., announced today that their facility received a Gold LEED certification. [More]

Innovative Professors Design House That Can Be Contained By Portable Storage Unit

by John Stevens December 29, 2010 8:31 AM
Two Tulane University professors have designed a 1,000 sq. ft. house that breaks down to fit entirely into a portable storage unit, ready for shipping. The National Portable Storage Association (NPSA) is promoting the concept, designed by Judith Kinnard, professor of architecture and Tiffany Lin, assistant professor of architecture. [More]

Niche Marketing Can Be the Basis for a Successful Self Storage Business

by John Stevens December 1, 2010 2:23 PM
When it comes to starting a new business or keeping a current one afloat it helps to have a stable customer base to count on. Having a certain level of consistent or repeat business you can count on makes it easier to plan what marketing efforts you will employ in hopes of creating more business. Identifying those niche markets and taking advantage of them can be the difference between failure and success. [More]

Portable Storage Unit Becomes Subway Opera House

by Holly Robinson November 1, 2010 9:45 AM
The strains of classical music merge with the hiss of brakes at a German subway station. An opera singer takes the underground stage within a portable storage unit, performing for a transient audience. [More]
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