Warehouses are generally used for anything ranging from storage to office spaces. Even though there are a broad range of uses, there is some basic information you should be aware of when renovating a commercial warehouse.
Here are a few of the most common types of warehouse spaces:
These spaces include offices, meeting areas, storage rooms, filing rooms, private bathrooms, and other common rooms found in offices.
Storage space warehouses typically includes areas for storage, machinery, vehicles, loading areas, and employees.
Light industrial spaces are used for manufacturing packaging, assembly, repairing, and much more. Print labs, commercial laundry spaces, repair garages, and other shops typically fall under this warehouse type.
These warehouses are largely used for transportation and shipping and must be able to accommodate employees and large machinery, such as vehicles and forklifts.
No matter what warehouse type of space you occupy, there are multiple areas that warehouse owners consistently want renovated or included in their build-out.
For most warehouse renovations, there are a number of modifications that owners request time and again. The most common requests include:
There should be enough space for all occupants to comfortably complete their duties. If the company plans to grow, the layout should also be able to accommodate any necessary changes such as more storage space, a different layout, or room for loading docks.
The logistics of the warehouse space will depend greatly on the type of warehouse and the kind of work being completed within its walls.
Functionality should always be a top priority when conducting warehouse renovations. Warehouses that don’t function well are often costly to operate and can be difficult to fix once construction is complete.
Ensuring the safety of all warehouse occupants should also be a top priority that’s kept top of mind during renovations and build-outs.
In each warehouse project, there are multiple safety hazards that should be addressed.
For example, in warehouse spaces where aerosol, paint, petroleum, and other hazardous chemicals are going to be used there should be an adequate exhaust and ventilation system in place. Along with proper ventilation, safety measures such as combustible gas and carbon monoxide detectors and alarms should be present in each room in case of emergency.
In general, all warehouses should meet fire suppression requirements, be constructed in a way that addresses any common environmental issues in its location such as hurricanes, and have adequate entries and exits in case of emergency.
Many warehouses have docks, conveyors, storage areas, and other potentially dangerous spaces that should be properly secured, labeled, and have safety features like slip-resistant flooring installed to reduce risks.
Having a contractor that has worked on a wide range of warehouse projects ensures your project is completed to professional standards within the set timeframe. Professionals who regularly work on warehouses have experience with a variety of warehouse types and common issues, which means your project will be completed on time and within budget.
Over the years, Max Tripodi has renovated numerous warehouse spaces. One of the most recent renovations was for Robe Lighting, Inc. and included a 25,000 sq. ft interior office build-out. Aside from that project, he has created spaces for the following users and uses:
If you have questions about a warehouse renovation or build-out, please feel free to contact Max Tripodi, a licensed Florida commercial contractor, at (954) 931-6688. Max has a wide variety of experience with warehouse renovations spanning many different industries.
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