Scarano Architect PLLC. MEMBER AIA

Scarano Architect

88th Street

88th Street

Project Manager/Designer: Albert Faks

Completion Date: December 2005

Location: Woodhaven

When a marble and stone yard abandoned its yard and cutting facility for a more prestigious location, a self storage company saw the potential in redefining this property's purpose. This realignment of uses permits part of the existing multi-storied factory building to remain, while a new addition is constructed to envelope the old structure with new. Extensive structural and architectural detailing were required to join the existing structure with the new, an undertaking that was further complicated due to the irregular shape of the trapezoidal lot.

The structure of the building was modified to allow for sufficient clearance and turning radius for truck access in, out and through the building. A superstructure was constructed to acts much like a suspension bridge, bearing on existing reinforced side walls to allow for a relatively unobstructed, flexible interior.

The usability and operation of the building is critical to the success of the project as the much as the exterior look that it flaunts. For this reason, the design was approached much like a master plan for a little city, with its own interior roads, parking areas, loading, service, offices and support systems. Creating a "looping" road way pattern with user-friendly parking and loading berths has once again proved to be successful in this, our tenth self-storage facility with this company.

The final touch - Stop & Stor's signature red tile entryway and blue and yellow stepped stripping -- ensures the consistency and recognition required in the competitive arena of self storage.