Type: Commercial – mini storage
Building method: Type 5, Wood frame, stud and stucco construction
The Alamo Self Storage Facility is a two story commercial business located in Carpinteria, CA and consists of private storage spaces ranging in size from five by five ft closets to ten by twenty foot garages with rollup garage doors. The project also has a two bedroom apartment for the local on site business manager. The majority of the smaller storage closets are on the second floor which is served by a freight elevator and stairs. The larger units are all on ground level. The building has a Mediterranean type design with textured stucco walls and a clay mission tile roof. The building structure has a slab on grade with continuous spread footings supporting a wood frame structure of 2×6 wood studs and wood truss roof structure with stucco exterior. The interior partitions between units are made of corrugated metal similar to the walls of pre-engineered metal buildings that are also commonly used for public storage projects. The building walls and roof are not insulated but the moderate climate in Carpenteria allows for moderate internal temperatures . The driveway access to the units is asphalt pavement that is 3” thick on crushed aggregate base. The street frontage was improved by widening the street and adding concrete curb and gutter and a new driveway approach. The frontage facing the street is fully landscaped with automatic irrigation and there are many island planters inside the complex to help soften the internal architecture. All roofs have gutter and downspouts to capture and control rain water. Although there are several chimneys throughout the project only one, at the manager’s unit, actually serve a fireplace.