Warehouse Adaptive Reuse part two (Building the Walls)

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Large warehouse conversion into smaller commercial distribution units.

Initial staging: conversion of a large warehouse space located in the North Shore Chicago area.

We are separating this massive 13,000 square foot office space into ten individual storage units. To see the full specifications of all of our availabilities click here. 

A build out of ten smaller commercial storage units has been approved to meet the growing demand for smaller start up businesses.

Regarding the strength of the walls our head builder,  has said, “The wall is a standard steel wall. It is basically the same walls that are standard in every commercial building, and that we do for all our build outs, whether they be offices or warehouses. The concrete business located at the commercial building at 8111 St. Louis in Skokie, for example, also uses the same walls.

Each one of them is a fire rated gypsum drywall that is 5/8 -inch (apx. 15.9mm) thick and installed on each side of a steel drywall support chassis. The walls should be strong enough to sustain any damage.

However, Should the tennants run through the walls with a fork lift, it’s on them (they will be responsible to repair whatever damages they incur.)

On a more positive note, the ten commercial storage units will have access to three shared truck docs, where they can load and unload their product crates, and every unit will include 8 feet high by 10 feet wide entry doors. 

Unique to this warehouse is the 23 foot high ceilings, of which the bottom twelve feet will be covered in drywall. From the twelve foot height mark until the ceiling, the rest of the wall will be steel cage. City code mandates a sprinkler head every six feet, but the steel cages above the twelve foot mark will circumvent any problems with dry wall blocking the sprinkler system. And, because the drywall is not built all the way up, water coverage will not be blocked by drywall in case of a fire emergency.

Shared truck docks: The ten warehouse units will have three common shared truck docs by which to load and unload their products for shipping. One of the issues that comes with adaptive reuse of a commercial warehouse with office spaces and shared loading docs is that the tenants will have to coordinate their deliveries and shipments to some degree. Although they sacrifice convenience for the price of being able to run their small commercial distribution business and hopefully grow into a larger space where they can actually afford to have their own private docs at some point in the future. 

Each of the small office units at the front of the building can be rented out as individual 250-300 square foot private offices for the tenants who rent the small warehouses. We are going to demolish one of the interior office walls in order that the front also include a common break room with a kitchenette and a dining area for the employees of the tenants. The break room will be a pleasant area with a few chairs and a table where employees can sit down for lunch. The bathrooms will also be redone. 

Skokie Village code is complex regarding different fire-codes and space usages. As for this warehouse conversion, the back will not be developed into additional parking spaces at the moment, nor will we fix the damaged facade at the front of the building, because it’s simply an aesthetic issue and doesn’t affect the overall functionality of the warehouses. 

damaged warehouse siding at a Chicago north shore warehouse.

Damaged warehouse siding, as seen from heavy forklift usage.

*R.S.F=Rentable squre footage. This is the actual size of your office or warehouse plus a percentage of the buildings total shared space.  

*U.S.F= Usable square footage. This the actual physical measurements of the office or warehouse in question. This is excluding common areas, hallways etc..


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