Posts Tagged ‘mezzanine’

More on Creating Space with Mezzanines

July 23, 2010

I have been ignoring my blog on material handling because I have been very busy generating a proposal for a large, and rather complicated mezzanine. For this customer, the total is pretty large (over $100,000), but looking at the cost per square foot (about $20.00), it is certainly less than the alternative of adding building space.

Adding the mezzanine also offers more advantages. The addition of a building adds square footage, but it also adds more travel time within the building. This particular customer moves everything on carts, one at a time, so it is a big price tag to add another 250 feet to the travel on those carts. Additional square footage adds lots of costs: moving, utilities, maintenance and taxes to name a few. For a large company, even planning a move can cost double or triple the cost of a mezzanine.

The mezzanine will depreciate as a piece of equipment in 7 ½ years, unlike a building addition, which will depreciate in 39 years. If your company is profitable, the write-off can be significant (contact your tax professional!). Another big advantage of the mezzanine is that it can be modified, moved or sold in the future. We have several customers that have built mezzanine levels in several sections, as funds were available. One never knows about the future, so it is great to know that if your company relocates, the mezzanine can be taken down and moved to the new location. Stick built structures can’t do that!

There are lots of companies manufacturing mezzanines, so do your homework. You should not deal with any company that does not have structural engineers on staff. When you get a quote, it should detail the structure, size of beams, columns and all the weight capacities and loads. If you don’t have that information, then you can’t really know what you are buying. Some suppliers use lighter-weight structure, and the product costs less, but you probably won’t be happy with the finished product. In the mezzanine world, you get what you pay for.

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Space-Saving Mezzanines

June 1, 2010

Business is on the uprise.  During the economic downturn, many multi-location distribution organizations closed and consolidated warehouses.  As the economy picks up, then space becomes a major issue for the remaining locations. 

In many operations, a mezzanine system is the ideal way to add floor space.  Many work operations  I see are packed at the floor level, but there isn’t anything above 8′ or 10′  in most of the warehouse.  Creating a second level above the main floor has lots of advantages.  Moving or expanding to another secondary warehouse should always be the last choice. 

Mezzanines can be used in several ways.  Some companies will place office spaces, conference rooms, spare parts or slower-turning inventory on top of the mezzanine.  For others, a mezzanine is an ideal way to place a work cell in a designated area.  For more industrial applications, a mezzanine can be used for mixing operations, with raw materials fed from the top-level to the lower level, improving productivity and creating safer walking and work spaces for workers.  Materials can be moved to the top of the mezzanine by forklift, vertical material lifts or conveyors. 

The space above 8′ is already paid  for in the monthly rent or mortgage.  It makes sense to use the space for operations.