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Warehouse Construction Guide: Designing Around Your Business

A growing company’s first hurdle to overcome is where to grow. An expanding business can leave you floundering for options, unsure of what type of facility you even need, and we completely understand.

With so many different types of warehouse storage systems available as well as plenty of different construction materials on the market, it can be confusing to make the best choice for your business.

The good news is that if you’re reading this, you’re making a great start. At Cedar Falls Building Systems, we’ve become experts in warehouse construction projects—from start to finish. We embrace a design-build construction approach that gives us an extremely deep understanding of what business owners need and how to help them get it.

Keep reading to learn more about warehouse construction and the various systems you can choose.

What Warehouse Storage System Should You Choose?

Your warehouse design depends on your business. Ideally, your storage system and workflow requirements influence building design, rather than being forced into a box later—often unsuccessfully.

Five main types of warehouse storage systems exist, with probably endless variations. We will walk you through the basics of each type:

What Are Pallet Racks?

Do you need a warehouse that can handle a variety of different goods? Or do you anticipate a high volume of product movement or turnover? Pallet racks, consisting of vertical uprights and horizontal beams that create levels of storage space, are designed to accommodate inventory that’s shipped in large, often heavy, boxes.

These pallet racks are stocked using forklift automation or another similar mechanism. We can design systems that maximize all usable space and use recent innovations in warehouse technology, like collaborative robots.

What Are Multi-Tier Racks?

If you are planning for limited floor space in your warehouse, multi-tier racks will help you make the most of vertical space. They’re also extremely flexible.

You can change the look of your warehouse easily by removing or adding tiers to accommodate your current needs.

What Is Static Shelving?

Looking for a cost-effective warehouse storage system? While they don't offer the same space optimization as dynamic storage systems, static shelves are easy to install and well-suited for storing items that don't require frequent access or reconfiguration.

What Is Mobile Shelving?

Mounted on carriages or tracks that allow them to move laterally, mobile shelving units reduce the amount of wasted space between aisles. They’re the top choice for refrigerated and cold  storage facilities.

What Is Mezzanine Flooring?

Structural columns support this type of warehouse storage system and it can be designed to accommodate specific load-bearing requirements. The other unique selling point of mezzanine flooring is that it increases both storage and working space within your warehouse facility.

You can extend offices or create raised platforms for production floors. You can also create more storage or machinery platforms with specially designed and reinforced mezzanines.

This particularly useful warehouse option is also fully customizable with a Butler Express Mezz™ system. You save time and future headaches with a system like this, as it’s designed for your specific space and requirements.

When it arrives on your job site, it’s also ready to assemble with no welding required.

Which Roof Should You Choose for Your Warehouse?

While there are many warehouse storage systems out there, the choice of your roof in Wisconsin really boils down to just one option. Butler’s MR-24 roof system is the ultimate solution for your warehouse.

In production and development since 1969, the MR-24 system has over 50-years of documented performance. Owners also continuously cite the low maintenance requirements and energy efficiency as some of their favorite perks. Don’t settle for anything less than the industry’s first and finest standing-seam metal roof system.

Cedar Falls Building Systems is your local Butler Builder®. If you need a warehouse for your company, we are here to help. Contact us today to book a consultation!

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