7 Trends in Industrial Architecture Design to Watch.

Commercial real estate’s industrial sphere has been a winner in the business for years now. Often called the ‘golden child’ of commercial real estate, industrial spaces seem to thrive even when everything else is facing challenges.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that warehousing is the way of the future. Riding on the back of e-commerce alone, the industrial space is set up for success. But, in preparation for the anticipated growth, warehouses are undergoing a contemporary makeover.

Here are the latest architectural design trends that are impacting the warehousing scene:

Increasing the Baseline Dimensions

As warehousing and last-mile logistics experience an upsurge in demand, warehouse design plans are pushing the boundaries of height and width. In order to maximize the capacity and efficiency of these spaces, architectural designers will be seeking to attain higher clearance heights while expanding the loading doc’s bay area.

Even small adjustments here can streamline the packing and unpacking processes that happen adjacent to the loading docs.

Sustainable Features

Sustainability has been a priority for the warehousing industry for some time now.

Expect to see this incorporated into the design development process in the form of energy-efficient building features. The facility’s orientation and physical structure will be set up to facilitate passive heating and cooling, expanded natural lighting, and sustain better ventilation.

Automation in the Warehouse

Smart technology will be making its way into the warehouse scene in the form of all things automation. On-site Smart integrations, such as automatic lighting, AI-powered atmospheric controls, and remote-controlled doors will be the norm for warehouses into the future.

Multi-Story Facilities

In other parts of the world, multi-story warehouses are the norm.

CRE pros can expect to see this trend carry over into the U.S. in the near future. As the demand for last-mile logistics continues to grow, this space-maximizing strategy will help metro-rooted industrial sites thrive even with limited square footage.

Cold Storage Capacity

As the need for grocery delivery services expands post-COVID, this business requires a stronger web of warehouse infrastructure. Industrial designers are gearing up to explore the cold storage industry to facilitate easier and cheaper cross-country transportation of food and perishable items.

These projects will completely elevate the potentials for fitting groceries into e-commerce’s current model.

Expanding Parking Spaces

As more and more deliveries are happening at warehouses each day, parking is a prime concern.

Industrial buildings are expanding their parking capacity to accommodate simultaneous pick-ups and drop-offs without causing a traffic jam. These spaces need enough parking to support the on-site staff as well as industrial vehicles, so it’s likely that designers will choose to make two distinct parking areas for the different brackets of traffic.

Flexibility is Key for Growth

All in all, flexibility of design is being named as the top attribute for warehouse design.

The industrial spaces of tomorrow need to be able to quickly pivot, adopt the new trends as they roll out, and adjust their functions depending on the task at hand. The more a space is able to do, the better suited it will be to push forward into the next phase of warehouse design.

Keep your industrial portfolio current by paying attention to these up and coming warehouse design trends.

Here’s Why We’re Watching the Self Storage Space

The self-storage sector has immense promise for commercial real estate.

These spaces are resilient, in high demand, and fit seamlessly into the needs of contemporary society. As people become more transient and hold off on purchasing a home, storage space becomes a necessity – and the proof is in the numbers. In 2019, the vacancy rate for self-storage was only 9.9% and was projected to only climb to 10.0% in 2020. 

Evidently, self-storage units are attending to today’s pain points while pushing forward in the commercial scene. The expansion and success of domestic self-storage spaces have been attracting the attention of commercial real estate professionals and investors all over the globe.

Our eyes are on self-storage, and yours should be, too. Here’s what to look out for in the self-storage space right now:

Helping Homes Navigate COVID

As the coronavirus pandemic ushered in unanticipated changes to life as we know it, self-storage played a surprising role in supporting households and families during these turbulent times.

The economy shook, unemployment rates crept higher and higher, and people were fleeing from high-risk areas to stay with family members in less-affected regions. Not everyone lives in a mansion, and many households around the country needed to suddenly adjust to new rates of occupancy.

In order to make room for these last-minute move-ins, self-storage units were a savior for households struggling to make accommodations work. Unnecessary furniture, clutter, and non-essential items taking up too much space could be temporarily moved into self-storage units for the time being.

Impacts from WFH Trend

Market closures moved everything into the household. School, work, and everything in between are now operating from home-base… but how does that all fit in?

Flexibility and creativity were needed to turn those extra rooms in the house into personal offices or one-person classrooms. These disruptions won’t last forever, and self-storage provided the option of making a smooth transition between market closure and reopening. That extra furniture could be moved out of the house and moved back in – all without missing a beat.

Tech Integrations and Remote Organization

Although self-storage has been in a comfortable place, this industry hasn’t been idle. These spaces have been adopting a robust tech-powered infrastructure to facilitate a streamlined, modern, and digitally-driven operational flow.

This web of tech enabled the self-storage industry to quickly pivot according to the pandemic’s social-distancing protocols with remote integration. Self-storage provides a safe and contactless option for tenants looking to rent a space during the COVID-era and beyond.

Ready to Ride Out the Storm

The coronavirus proved that self-storage offers an indispensable value for communities.

In both good times and bad,  self-storage spaces provide key value for local commercial real estate markets. These investments are resilient. Economic downturns make self-storage even more vital as people are forced to relocate. On the other hand, bustling economies take advantage of the extra space.

In every situation, self-storage supports people in times of change – whether it’s a planned move or a sudden disaster, self-storage spaces are a must. CRE professionals, keep an eye on self-storage. It’s an industry ripe for expansion and success.