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JUN 2019

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the other hand, I've also experienced jurisdictions that include everything in the building envelope. Architectural Features Regardless of a site's development limitations, unique architectural elements can go a long way in capturing the eye of potential clientele as well as satisfying jurisdictions and surrounding neighborhoods. Alternating materials, building articulation and thematic architecture are all creative ways to ensure you're getting the most value out of your land and project. For example, spending a little more on design at the entry speaks volumes for a project. While high-end materials can help, it's important the architecture frames the entry by implementing vertical and horizontal articulation. The building should tell a story, with the office being the climax. Topography It's becoming increasingly rare to find sites that are the optimal size and shape, have the ideal location, and are flat. However, uneven topography can work to your advantage and give you an edge in the market if the project is designed correctly. For example, the landscape might lend itself to a multi-level facility design. Depending on the amount of fall across the site, a two-story self-storage project can offer drive-up units on both levels by using the slope as a ramped-drive SmartStop Self Storage in Chula Vista, Calif., where a drive-through loading area helps meet parking requirements aisle. It also removes the need for costly and maintenance-intensive elevators. Eliminating elevators adds net rentable area to the project, making for a more efficient development overall. In addition, using the topography cuts down on the import or export of soil, saving on construction costs. As the self-storage industry continues to garner popularity among the investment community, viable sites will become more difficult to come by. However, with an imaginative approach and creative design techniques, most challenges can be overcome to bring value. Bruce Jordan, president of Jordan Architects Inc., has more than 30 years of experience in architecture, preceded by an extensive background in construction and real estate development. His experience includes self-storage, professional office buildings, high-density residential projects, mixed-use projects, retail facilities, hotels, restaurants, industrial, commercial, and specialty projects such as museums and theme parks. For more information, call 949.388.8090; visit June 2019 I ISS 37

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