The Trachte™ Create-A-Space Conversion System is a practical solution for converting existing buildings into storage facilities. Utilizing an existing structure is cost effective, as it minimizes the amount of required building materials and takes advantage of property already approved for commercial use. This freestanding system can also be installed within new construction.
Regardless of the existing building design, the conversion system can be customized to maximize available space and the unit mix can be tailored to meet customer needs, and ultimately increase your rental income.
With a structure formerly serving as a Wal-Mart, this conversion property features faux doors and a second story door bank behind glass for greater visibility. Patriot red doors are used throughout the property.
Bright white corridor system with patriot red doors in a self-storage conversion.
This building was a grocery store before the conversion. A whole new fascia was added to improve the overall look of the self-storage project.
Two story conversion of a former retail store, featuring a bright white hall system with evergreen doors. Lighted signage and windows showing doors advertises this site as a self-storage facility.
This property was formerly a lumberyard. Windows were added and enlarged to add curb appeal and display the doors. This project was phased by building only the first floor initially, with the exception of second floor units behind the windows for marketing purposes.
This lower level of a two story conversion has no ceiling and the lights are installed directly to the floor deck. A two story conversion with roll-up doors on both levels requires a 18’ interior ceiling height.
Conversion with car/boat storage, sunset orange doors and indoor drive-thru loading area.
Wire mesh is installed over the corridor system. Special clips and screws are used to attach the wire to the structure.
A bright white flush ceiling covers all interior duct work and completely encloses the corridor, resulting in a clean, finished look. Lights can be installed directly to the ceiling panel.
A brightly lit corridor with royal blue doors.
Nice lighting and signage are important aspects of a self-storage facility’s visibility.
This conversion features a distinctive stepped parapet wall detail. In addition to storage rentals, the facility also offers small office spaces for rent. The parapet wall features stucco and stacked stone. The Trachte buildings behind the office are clad in slate gray with evergreen doors and trim.
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Specs & Building Plans
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Interior Framed Openings (jambs and headers)
22-gauge Bright White
Partition System Heights
7' to 11' in 6" increments
Corridor Rigid Rib or Flush Walls
Corridor Top Trim
1 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 10'0" 24-gauge
Corridor Corner Trim
2 1/2" x 2 1/2" x panel height 22-gauge
29-gauge galvalume R-panel
Partition Corner Trim
2 5/8" x 2 5/8" x panel height 20-gauge
Partition Top Angle
1 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 10'0" or 12'0" 16-gauge or 20-gauge
Partition Bottom Track
1" x 1 1/4" x 1 1/2" x 10'0" 26-gauge
1 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 3'0" 20-gauge
1 1/2" x 2 1/2" 16-gauge
26-gauge Ribbed Swing Door 20-gauge Flush Panel Door 26-gauge Roll-up Door
4' or 5' Wide Double Stacked
Note: Product specifications are subject to change without notice.
Take your Trachte self storage facility to the next level with the enhancements listed below.
Note: Colors shown may differ from actual colored panel material.
For a steel color sample, Contact Trachte.
Each Trachte self-storage system is designed and manufactured to include Trac-Rite® roll-up doors. Trac-Rite doors are built to work hard, with sturdy door construction that’s custom engineered for strong, smooth operation.
Trac-Rite® doors are:
Easy installation and low maintenance save you time and money.
Rust-resistant components make life simple.
Smooth, quiet operation is what you can expect.
Factory-punched holes in brackets and guides allow for quick and precise installation.
Only the best raw material is used to shape the sturdy configuration of the door.
Tested and certified by an independent source so you are assured Trac-Rite’s doors meet your standards. 9′ wide doors are rated to 130 mph.*
EP3 extreme performance spring, the industry’s only corrosion-proof spring.
Every door is manufactured to the inch providing a perfect fit.
Doors use little back room and head room giving more space within the storage unit.
SpaceGuard latch works with magnetic security systems.
A full line of accessory options enhance your door package.
Tension adjustment device fine tunes door operation for optimal performance.
Optional space-saving motor operator meets ADA requirements.*
Seal-Rite pliable weather seal offers advanced protection.
Covered by industry leading guarantees such as the unparalleled 10-year EP3 spring warranty.
Array of colors to enhance your self-storage building.
* Does not apply to the portable container product.
Most common door model for self-storage applications.
Available in custom sizes from 3' to 11' wide x 3' to 10'4" high in 1" increments.
The “WL” model may be needed when building codes require a specific m.p.h. rating.
Swing doors, both ribbed and flush panel, are available for any interior application.
40-Year* Paint Warranty
Trachte Building Systems’ 40-year* paint warranty provides coverage against peeling and flaking, keeping your facility looking great for years to come. Warranty includes Trac-Rite® doors. All Galvalume® roofs are warranted for 25 years.
3-Year Parts and Workmanship Warranty
Trachte warrants all materials, including Trac-Rite® doors, to be free of defect for a period of three (3) years.
Headquartered in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, we are one of the largest manufacturers of steel self-storage systems in the industry. With 120 years of experience, we’ve mastered the art of developing smart building products designed, engineered, and customized to meet your needs.