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A Premier Facility

Sus t aina ble fac t or s define new sel f - s t o rag e faci l t y

When designing a second location for Premier Self Storage in San Antonio, architect Jeffrey S. Dallenbach, AIA, with San Antonio-based ARCHCON Architec- ture, chose to use the same vivid color schemes, different material uses and eye-catching concepts to tie back with the original facility, which was the 2010 Self- Storage Facility of the Year overall runner- up in Mini-Storage Messenger magazine. The 83,000-square-foot facility is made up of

an L-shaped facility that wraps around a 1952 retail center renovated to mirror the storage facility’s de- sign characteristics. “The Class A facility includes adaptive reuse in conjunction with a new eco- friendly building, which is the epitome of sustain- able modernity,” says Dallenbach. Metal plays a major role in the facility's design.

The custom-designed building structure is made up of 85,132 feet of repetitive steel ‘C’ channels and columns that support ‘Z’ purlins to carry the roof and 39,300-square-foot second-fl oor steel deck. Lateral bracing for the building structure on the interior structural walls were provided by 127,200 square feet of horizontal Galvalume wall sheets, supplied by Houston-based MBCI. Pre- fi nished Corridor wall panels line the building’s interior and frame the grey roll-up metal doors from Temple, Ga.-based Janus International Corp. Ad- ditionally, red exposed tube steel stairs and railings


emphasized the corners of the two-story struc- tures, which were brought to scale by incorporating pre-fi nished red banding within a fi eld of Galvalume exterior wall panels. Horizon Structural Systems Inc., New Braun-

fels, Texas, supplied the ‘C’ channels and ‘Z’ purlins, while MBCI also supplied 29,300 square feet of metal wall panels and 51,000 square feet of standing seam roofi ng. ARCHCON Architecture designed the solar shading, tube steel stairs and railings, which were all custom fabricated by Lobo Steel, Adkins, Texas. The four-building site incorporates two two-

story climate-controlled buildings and two single- story ambient buildings for drive-up access, in addition to meeting the needs of drive-through 18-wheeler access. The new retail and storage complex revitalizes a dreary neighborhood and meets the unique needs of the adjacent Fort Sam Houston Army Post, Dallenbach explains. The primary design goal was to continue the

brand image for the Premier facilities, utilizing an abstract yet playful offi ce as the eye-catching focal point, says Dallenbach. “A vertical red tower draws you to the facility and the red cap of the offi ce slices across the stucco entry element to create true ‘bleeding edge’ architecture. Envi- ronmentally conscious design techniques that incorporate recyclable materials, green insulated glazing in a ‘Mondrian like’ pattern, solar shading,

a water catchment irrigation cistern, and brilliant stucco are not only ‘green’ in color, but ‘green’ to the environment.” Natural light, motion sensors and lighting timers, bring additional energy effi ciency to the facility.

Premier Self Storage, San Antonio Architect: ARCHCON Architecture, San Antonio Fabricator/steel erector: Lobo Steel, Adkins, Texas Metal roof and wall panels: MBCI, Houston,, Circle #91 Roll-up metal door: Janus International Corp., Temple, Ga.,, Circle #92 Structural steel: Horizon Structural Systems Inc., New Braunfels, Texas,, Circle #93

By Marcy Marro, Managing Editor

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