Imperial Design Builders is now working on a 94,000 square foot for Gatehouse Self-Storage in Clayton, North Carolina. This Class A climate-controlled facility will be three stories and have a “daylight”, or “walk-out”, basement.
Imperial Design Builders connected with the civil engineering team at Carolina Land Development Group, Inc during the early phases of the project to achieve rezoning with the Town of Clayton and to understand how the large portion of wetlands that were on the site would affect the structure. We also worked heavily with the Army Corps of Engineers to relocate the wetlands and increase the buildable footprint of the property.
Once the wetlands were relocated, this site presented another challenge. There was a 20’ elevation change on the property that made the site undevelopable with traditional self-storage builds. This is where the “daylight” basement comes to play; it allowed us to work with the elevation issues without the high cost of grading and safely build a three-story structure. To achieve the walk-out basement, we used a precast concrete retaining wall system that not only saved the owner a considerable amount of money and time of construction.
The design of the building was a joint effort between Imperial Design Builders and a local architectural firm, Architect Kurmaskie Associates, Inc. (AKAI) and CF Structures. We wanted a beautiful but cost effective building. Exterior finishes like EIFS and Waterford Stone, curved lentils, aluminum storefronts and tower elements were used to accent the office and stairwell.