"Did that sign say self-storage?!" This is the reaction from the residents of Honolulu, HI when driving past the newly opened Aloha Island Self-Storage on King Street. In a time when local municipalities and residents are demanding attractive, environmentally significant structures that fit the style and character of the neighborhood, self storage development must reflect the refined design and creative solutions seen in other industries. The self-storage owner, designer and builder should be a cohesive, organized, team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals committed to not only building a profitable facility, but to meeting the needs and demands of the local community.
In just a quick roadside glance at the exterior of Aloha Island Storage, it is immediately clear that the team of facility owner Aloha King LLC., Jordan Architects
and general contractor MST Constructors, Inc. established a visually impressive building welcomed by the locals. A more in depth study reveals that, from the very beginning, this project was saturated with design and construction difficulties. QUOTE "Day one, we all knew this would be a challenging project," said Donnie Gerault, VP of MST Constructors.
The Honolulu municipality was skeptical, to say the least, of the group proposing to build a self-storage facility in the heart of downtown. With questions such as: What will it look like? Will trees be cut down? How does a self storage facility fit into distinctive, eclectic character of our town? Will this impose environmental stress on the already damaged site? Jordan Architects stepped forward with a creative, attractive design that shattered the locals' images of low, drab, unappealing storage sheds. Environmental remediation took place to ensure the building would meet state and local requirements. The 134,000sqft structure has 98,782 rentable square feet. This consists of 1200 storage units. In addition, there are 800 lockers specifically designed for surf board storage.
In its pre construction condition, the Aloha site presented the first set of construction obstacles. The site had previously housed a service station and restaurant. The discovery of bad soils and ground contamination required that the MST crew remove truck loads of soil and old fuel tanks. The tide may be great for surfing but the fluctuating water table made constructing a 5 floor building a challenge. MST used well-pointing and continually ran pumps during concrete pours. The beautiful, old Mahogany trees lining the site are protected by law and no structure can be built within three feet of them. MST carefully trimmed branches to preserve the trees' health and maximize site usability.
The eclectic use of structural components and finish materials creates an aesthetically pleasing exterior as well as providing a functional, cost-effective and superior quality storage facility built for long-term profitability. The basement is a conventional slab on grade while the ground and second levels are post tension. To construct the elevated post tensioned decks, MST built raised platforms to pull the steel cables. Floors 3 and 4 are composite deck. CIP columns and walls are used on the basement and ground floor. The basement houses additional storage units while the first floor is a parking deck with a large 1,605sqft office. Throughout the structure MST used cold-roll component steel framing and insulated metal panel. The facility has a Duro-Last single ply membrane roof.