Design Solutions to Rethink the Traditional Package Room
E-commerce was growing fast before Covid-19, but the pandemic has contributed to even more consumers opting to shop from the comfort of their own homes. We are staying hopeful that Covid-19 will remain on the downswing, but people will most likely continue to enjoy the convenience of having almost anything imaginable delivered to their homes.
For multifamily properties, this means lots and lots of packages! For many property managers, this has become a huge logistics headache. This influx of deliveries has resulted in large piles of packages next to concierge desks and in lobbies that are not only unsightly but also safety hazards ie. trapping, blocking egress paths, etc. Not to mention the potential for unhappy residents with lost packages, and the stress caused by an overall lack of a practical way to organize the never-ending piles of deliveries. Here are a few design solutions that may help mitigate these problems.
Use Partitions to Create a Makeshift Package Room in a Common Area
Aesthetically pleasing partitions could be added to an area of a lobby to make a makeshift package room. Have a custom one designed or find a manufacturer that makes one that matches the décor of your building. This is an easy, attractive, and flexible way to keep packages contained and out of sight
Modular storage compartments like the ones pictured above offer an attractive and flexible solution to store packages. They can be lined up against an empty wall or behind a leasing desk or wherever space allows. Custom modular cabinets could be designed to match the aesthetic of any décor. The fact they are on castors also allows them to be easily relocatable. The volume of package delivery could be higher during certain times of the year, like around the holidays, and less during others. When less package storage is needed some of the cabinets could be rolled away and stored elsewhere or in an empty unit and then easily rolled back out when it is needed again.
Utilize empty parking spots or unused space on a loading dock as package storage space
A couple of parking spots in a parking garage or some extra space on a loading dock could be enclosed to create a secure area to store packages. This is a great solution so that delivery drivers do not have to push carts and lug large packages through common areas like the lobby where columns and walls are too often damaged from delivery carts. A keypad can be added so that residents can access their packages themselves without taking a concierge or leasing agent away from other duties. A mesh enclosure like the ones pictured below could be used as a cost-effective option to keep packages secured and organized. Another option would be to add storage lockers in these spaces.
Convert an Empty Unit Into a Package Room
Turn an unleased studio or 1 bedroom apartment into a package room. Wire shelving or carts could be added to organize packages and easily removed if the unit needs to be leased. Again, maybe a keypad is added to allow residents to access the package room themselves. Storage lockers could even be added as a more permanent solution.
Our team at SR/A would love to talk further about how we can create design solutions that improve the flow of your space for everyone.