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Last updated: 06-02-2009
The General Storage space type includes subgrade, attic, or other spaces with minimal finishes that are designated for storage of merchandise, materials, or equipment that is not hazardous in nature nor requires special HVAC, security, machine access, or utility needs. Supply areas, storerooms, and file rooms not finished to typical office finish level, but with only perimeter partitions and doors are included in this space type.
Important design considerations for the General Storage space type are efficient use of space, energy cost savings, and minimal HVAC requirements. Typical features of general storage space types include the list of applicable design objectives elements as outlined below. For a complete list and definitions of the design objectives within the content of whole building design, click on the titles below.
- Occupancy Group: General Storage space types fall into Storage Group S Incidental Use in Group A, B, E, I, M, or R Occupancy Classifications, assuming sprinklered construction and one-hour partition separation from other occupancies.
- Efficient Use of Space: Open space is maximized while providing adequate circulation paths for personnel and merchandise handling equipment such as hand trucks.
- Energy Cost Savings: Distinguish between areas for storage and circulation in the lighting plan to reduce unnecessary fixtures. Consider using energy-efficient lighting fixtures.
- Minimal HVAC: Exposed HVAC ductwork with suite thermostat control and ducted air return is sufficient in the General Storage space type, however separate zones can be designated for larger storage areas.
The following diagram is representative of typical tenant plans.
Example Construction Criteria
For GSA, the unit costs for general storage space types are based on the construction quality and design features in the following table (PDF 44 KB, 3 pgs). This information is based on GSA's benchmark interpretation and could be different for other owners.
Relevant Codes and Standards
The following agencies and organizations have developed codes and standards affecting the design of general storage spaces. Note that the codes and standards are minimum requirements. Architects, engineers, and consultants should consider exceeding the applicable requirements whenever possible:
- P-100, Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service
- International Building Code
- UFC 4-442-01N Design: Covered Storage
This space type is found in nearly every building.
Accessible—Beyond Accessibility to Universal Design, Functional / Operational—Account for Functional Needs, Secure / Safe—Provide Security for Building Occupants and Assets, Sustainable—Optimize Energy Use
- Architectural Graphic Standards, 11th Edition by Charles Ramsey and Harold Sleeper. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007.
- P-100, Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service (GSA)
- GSA PBS Design Notebook for Federal Lobby Security Design
- LEED® Cost Study (GSA)
- LEED® Applications Guide (GSA)