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Warehouse Design and Layout

Massey Admin - Thursday, May 13, 2010
Let us look at current ideas on design of your projected warehouse:

1. Concrete wall- typically tilt up style-fast and low cost. Pre-fab metal building are fast and low cost. Both systems are very good.

2. Interior clear height should be 20 feet. This should be the dimension under the bar joist.

3. High density sprinklers located within the bar joists.

4. Fluorescent light fixtures up in your joists, centered over your aisles.

5. Motion detectors to activate your in aisle lighting system.

Warehouse Design: Interior Considerations

Massey Admin - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Remember, your warehouse structure is no more than a skin around your products stored. It is there to protect the products against the environment and theft.

Design the interior system first, then design the skin.

Some ideas to make your warehouse more green and more functional:

  1. Are roof air vents (to increase airflow) and skylights (to increase natural light) appropriate? Think green, think energy savings.
  2. Are wall panels that are translucent a good idea to increase natural light?
  3. Protect your building columns from damage by using the new plastic column protectors. Much less costly than pouring concrete around your columns for protection.
  4. Concrete floor design: Minimum 6" thickness with a good sub-base. Determine the weight of the products stored per square foot plus the rolling load imposed by the warehouse equipment.

Warehouse Design Parameters

Massey Admin - Monday, February 08, 2010

1.   Storage systems design required information:
    a.    Clear height in building
    b.    Aisle width
    c.    Product specs
This information is used to build the warehouse around the storage system.

2.    80% of all storage systems on the midcontinent area are based on the following parameters:
    a.    12’ wide aisles.
    b.    20’ high storage height
    c.    Pallet: 40” x 48”
    d.    Load 2500# per pallet
    e.    Counterbalanced fork lift truck, triple stage mast, and side shifter.

3.   Building column centers 40’. A 40’ dimension provides maximum use of floor space when using a pallet foot print of 48” x 48” and a 12’ aisle. This 40’ centerline to centerline between columns is normal for new roof spans (joists and beams).

Warehouse Initial Layout Considerations

Massey Admin - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

If you are designing a warehouse from scratch, please consider the following:

  • Location of your warehouse as a distribution point: Remember 300 mile maximum radius to ship. LTL and Truck Load rate add too much to product cost.
  • Location of your warehouse on a plot of ground: If possible place your loading dock on the east or south side of the warehouse. This will eliminate most of the weather problems in the northern hemisphere (prevailing winds and weather west to east).

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