Industrial Space Must-Haves: Know the Essential Elements of a High-Quality Industrial Build

16 December 2021

Industrial spaces provide a proper environment to store goods and materials that require protection from the elements. Industrial spaces must accommodate loads of the materials to be stored, the associated handling equipment, the receiving and shipping operations and associated trucking, and the needs of the operating personnel. The design of the industrial space should accommodate business service requirements and the products to be stored/handled. The economics of modern commercial or industrial spaces dictate that goods be processed in minimal turnaround time. Below is a guide to designing your company’s industrial space from tips from trusted commercial builders.

Industrial space Should Be Designed Based on Current and Future Needs

You can choose the type of space depending on the program of the industrial space. Space types vary dramatically from storage space, office space, loading docks for shipping and receiving, light industrial spaces, and computer centres. Industrial space must be designed based on current and future needs.

Industrial space Should Be Adaptable

Your industrial space should facilitate changes in business or agency growth. And the size or population of office and industrial spaces within the building. Industrial space should adapt to new functions such as offices on the ground or upper levels, computer centres, or light industrial fabrications. They should accommodate the need for future loading docks, truck space, and car parking spaces if space configuration changes through effective site design.

Industrial space Should In-Sync with Technology

Industrial spaces should be able to address material handling technologies and business practices, such as “just-in-time” storage, which have fundamentally changed the operation of industrial space and distribution centres and will continue to do so.

Industrial spaces Should Include Appropriate Design Components

Industrial spaces should include roof design with the built-in extra structural capacity to handle the addition of future rooftop equipment. They should be designed with fire protection capacity to accommodate the storage of materials with a fire hazard, especially with high plastic product content or packaging, and plastic shrink-wrapped pallets.

Industrial spaces Should Maximise Space

As an industrial space owner, you should maximise the space while providing adequate circulation paths for personnel and material handling equipment such as forklift trucks. You should use higher bays to take advantage of height allowances in the space. You should also optimise layout and configuration for the industrial space operation, including efficient circulation and material handling and storage processes. It is also important to relate interior and exterior receiving and shipping operations to the process flow of goods through the industrial space.

Receiving and shipping are best separated to avoid congestion at the loading dock areas in the building. And in the truck maneuvering areas. Alternative material handling methods will determine other building aspects, such as aisle widths, lighting design, need for mezzanine space, fire protection, and egress design. Businesses will often use different methods of storage handling simultaneously for various products.

You could also draw straw storage alternatives like floor storage with several vehicles. Among those are counterbalanced lift truck, floor storage with a reach lift truck, single deep rack with a reach lift truck, drive-in rack with a reach lift truck, drive-in rack with counterbalanced lift, double deep rack with a deep reach lift truck, single deep rack with swing reach lift truck, single deep rack with turret side loader lift, and single deep rack with swing mast lift truck.

Other picking alternatives can be functional too. These include case flow rack with centre conveyor, bin shelving with picking cart, single deep rack with pallet truck or stock picker, pallet flow rack with a pallet truck, horizontal carousel with shelf and conveyor, or vertical carousel.

Consult Pro-Tilt Construction Pty. Ltd. for your commercial contractor needs. We are a commercial and industrial builder and contractor based in Broadmeadows, Victoria. Our company specialises in commercial and industrial building and construction.

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