Client Q&A: On-site Temporary Warehouse Storage Solution Cuts Costs

Storage facilities are a constant for any construction project. The type and location of your storage facilities are variables that make a big difference in the cost-benefit equation. This was certainly the case for one Sunbelt Rentals client, Ancos — a leading provider of polymer enhancement and finishing services. Ancos cut their storage costs by approximately 66 percent and improved business flexibility when they moved their off-site storage to an on-site temporary warehouse.

Valentin Alvarez of Ancos took a few minutes to talk to us about how Sunbelt Rentals temporary warehousing cut storage costs and improved their project bottom line.


Why were you looking for a temporary structure?

A majority of our storage materials were off-site—about 30 minutes away from our operations. The ancillary costs of off-site storage—in addition to the monthly fee for renting—had become significant. We were leasing warehouse space by the pallet, meaning we were charged for each 4x4 space our materials occupied. Other costs included the in-and-out fees charged by the storage facility, transport costs, and peripheral costs associated with the time and labor to travel to and from the storage site. We had been using off-site storage for about two years, and, as these costs added up, it was clear we needed to look at on-site storage to optimize our budget.

Did you consider permanent construction of an on-site warehouse?

We looked at a construction of a permanent building in the past, but we felt the commitment of both time and resources wasn’t a good match for our needs. Building a permanent facility is an expensive lengthy process. We were looking for a long-term solution we could get up and running quickly. We were also looking for something flexible and scalable—easy to change as our needs change. So, I thought, “What if we did an industrial tent?”

I realize Sunbelt Rentals may not be the only provider you spoke with. Why did you choose a Sunbelt Rentals temporary structure?

Sunbelt Rentals was the second company I contacted and the only company I found to be serious about customer support. Sunbelt Rentals adapted quickly to our needs with a custom solution—not just a cookie-cutter offering. The structure components were in stock in their warehouse, meaning we didn’t have additional lead-time to contend with. Sunbelt Rentals has been incredibly responsive since my first contact with them, and all the way through the project. Dealing with Sunbelt Rentals has been a great experience—the process has been simple and the customer service has been world-class.

Tell me about communication with Sunbelt Rentals throughout your project.

The Sunbelt Rentals team is attentive and very serious about their work (and our project). The team came to our site to conduct a walk-through, and we reviewed our ideal layout. Sunbelt Rentals did a thorough examination of our site and talked us through possible solutions. At our next meeting, they presented the ideal custom solution for our project. From there, we had weekly check-ins leading up to the installation to discuss any updates or changes, and we checked in daily during the installation. The entire process was transparent and smooth.

The Solution

The final structures for Ancos needed to be at least 50 feet wide and meet snow load and wind load requirements for the area.

Project CAD Drawings


The temporary warehouse solution was two MTS™ structures, each with a peak height of 34.5 feet. The structures were installed on site on an asphalt surface the client poured. The structures were available in Sunbelt Rentals' inventory and ready for immediate dispatch.

Sunbelt Rentals' solution included the following features:

  • 2 MTS™ temporary warehouse structures totaling 308,440 cu. feet
  • LED lighting package
  • Overhead door, personnel doors
  • Exit signs
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Gable vent fans
  • Expert project managers, designers, and an expert installation team

Hidden costs and complications don’t have to threaten the success of your next project. Temporary structures keep your crews working efficiently with supplies and equipment stored closely to your site.

Is it time to find a better storage solution for your operation? Talk to one of our expert project managers today.

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Topics: Extreme Weather Structures