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.
- Efficient Use of Space: Open space is maximized while providing adequate circulation paths for personnel and merchandise handling equipment such as hand trucks.
- 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
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:
This space type is found in nearly every building.
- Architectural Graphic Standards, 12th Edition by American Institute of Architects, Dennis J. Hall. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016.
- GSA PBS-P100 Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service
- GSA PBS Design Notebook for Federal Lobby Security Design
- GSA LEED® Cost Study
- GSA LEED® Applications Guide