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Potential Cost Premiums of Warehousing: The Traditional Thinking Vs. Today’s Environment

I’d be the first to admit that I have taken, historically, some of the more common sense or ‘traditional’ approaches to warehouse space design & development. While always aggressive with the given space I was tasked with, traditional approaches or solutions still applied.

Yes, maximizing space utilization or ‘cube’ utilization were two biggies. Made perfect sense…buildings, building space is expensive.

To this approach, anymore, I must say “…not so fast!”

Code compliant design factors, with their cost considerations, are more prevalent today than in the past 20 to 30 years. As well, your Insurer may also chime in.

Meaning specifically, what you store and how you store it matters…a lot!

Storage concepts and design solutions fully endorsed or recommended in the past are analyzed differently today. Under such scrutiny, the “both eyes wide open” approach to your storage design, method or solution cannot be stressed enough!

What your ‘traditional’ approach has always been…
What you don’t know…
What you overlook…

Each of these will likely cost you if you haven’t completed a current and thorough design analysis.

The graphics on the opening page of the West Coast Warehouse Consultants (WCWC) website subliminally suggest that smaller space or smaller buildings are better. Certainly, the most cost effective. Again, today, not so fast!

As much as it pains me to say this…“Given specific scenarios, all things considered and valued, a bigger building or space may be more cost effective.”
Is this generally, a counter-intuitive statement? Yes, absolutely, agreed.
More importantly though? That you know there will be other factor’s and design considerations in play today.

One Hint: Per the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Commodity classification of the product you store is a substantial design consideration and potential cost factor.

To insure the detailed analysis you need as you navigate today’s challenges, please contact West Coast Warehouse Consultants. WCWC is your experienced warehouse project “partner.”

WCWC Blog #2, 5/16/13