12756-file-200Verona Shelving Facility Makes the Difference at UW-Madison With Off-Site Archival Storage

Ten miles southwest of the vibrant energy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, an unassuming warehouse sits just off a wooded country road in Verona, Wisconsin. From its modest location and stature, not many would guess that this warehouse is home to over 100,000 volumes of rare books, manuscripts, and thesis works—with the goal to store well over a million volumes in the space over the next several years. For UW-Madison, the warehouse represents more than just a place to put books-with 40 libraries stretched across the campus, it’s also a critical investment in the future of …

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In-House Engineering Makes Custom Lockers a Layup

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is no stranger to winning championships. Since 2013, this Division III athletic program has won National Championships in football, basketball, gymnastics, and football. There’s also another program, however, that is also deserving of its many accolades: UW-Whitewater’s Wheelchair Basketball Program. The men’s team has captured four national titles in the past six years—with a total of 12 overall since its inception in 1973—and the women’s team has one three back-to-back championships (2012, 2013, and 2014) since its start in …

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Sensitive Information Secured for Natural Gas Company

Workplace security breaches are very real—and even though digitized files and computer data is what make up most of the stories we hear about on the news, the most common scenario is a simple one: a single employee gains access to paper copies of personal information about the company’s employees and exploits that information. And, with employers being held liable for any harm suffered by employees on account of a workplace breach, it’s become more important than ever for companies of all sizes to make sure their HR paper personnel files are secure and limited only to the people who are …

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Touchscreen a Natural Fit for University Students

Located in the center of the Bellevue Avenue Historic District in Newport, Rhode Island, Salve Regina University is an accredited institution that serves over 2,500 students a year. Even with a small student body, the University offers a wide range of academic studies, and as a result, the University’s McKillop Library holds approximately 15,000 volumes in addition to being the home to a computer lab, workspaces, and collaborative areas. In order to make room for these collaborative areas, Dan Loreaux, an Account Manager at Donnegan Systems, a certified Spacesaver distributor …

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Historical Mansion Adds Efficient Archive Storage

Blithewold Mansion, in Bristol, Rhode Island, was once the summer home of the Van Wickle family.Today, anyone who visits the home will see it almost exactly as it was in 1910. Recreated from family photographs and an article featured in Country Life Magazine, the rooms are arranged as they were then, with all of the original furnishings and most of original wallpapers. The gardens remain much as they were designed over a hundred years ago. In her position as Curator, Margaret works with family archives and materials that are stored in the attic of Blithewold. Over 8,000 letters and 5,000 …

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Salve Regina Library Makes Room for Makerspace

Salve Regina University is located in the center of Bellevue Avenue Historic District of Newport, Rhode Island. An accredited university since 1995, Salve Regina offers a wide range of academic studies to over 2,500 students a year. Within the past five years, Salve Regina, like many other universities, has started to repurpose the library space. The rise of e-books, technology and the need for collaborative spaces has lead to the demand for more open and creative working areas within public and academic libraries. …

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Salt Lake City Combines Police, Fire and Emergency Response in Incredible New Facility

The Salt Lake City Public Safety Building was created to serve as a central hub for the community by combining the police, fire and emergency response departments to one location. With all of the emergency departments working together in one space, it was crucial that the new public safety building be functional, efficient, collaborative and most of all safe. In the beginning stages of planning for the building layout and design, the police department team looked at other modern public safety centers throughout the country including Parker Police Department located in Parker, Colorado. …

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Among the Best Evidence, Records, and Gear Storage Systems Anywhere

Parker, Colorado is a suburb in the southeastern Denver metro area and has seen a significant economic growth over the past 10 years. As the city continues to grow, so does the Parker Police Department, in staff as well as materials like evidence and equipment that they need on a day-to-day basis. With a facility of only 15,000 square feet, the previous police department had no more room to grow and they began using offsite storage. Even with offsite facilities, Parker PD needed a more complete solution that would allow them to have all of their department functions under one roof. Planning for …

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High-end Automotive Dealer Gets Top-line Tire Storage Solution

At the time this Porsche automotive dealership was built in the Vancouver, BC area, proper tire storage consideration was an after-thought. Once they realized the importance of this much-needed space, they allocated the only available space in the building–a small mezzanine above the tire balancing area of service center–for their tire inventory. With limited mezzanine space, methods to store the tires included floor stacking or traditional static tire racks. In both options, tires had to be manhandled and required constricted access, allowing for a smaller inventory size. Enter …

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World-renowned Herbarium and Collections Stored on Compact Mobile Shelving

The New York Botanical Garden constructed a new building, the International Plant Studies Center, to house its growing library and herbarium collections. The new state-of-the-art building was fastidiously designed to house vital collections and included features such as, controlled environmental conditions and Spacesaver compact mobile shelving. “The collection was very crowded and the specimens were often damaged because they were crammed into the cabinets. explained Jackie Kallunki, Associate Director of the herbarium. “Our only option for expanding the storage space …

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Pharmaceutical Storage of Compound Chemical at Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

In the United States, the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries will continue to grow rapidly in the years to come, and the biopharmaceutical industry in particular is expected to grow 6.5% annual through 2015, driven by shifts in production technology as well as more targeted diseases such as cancer and diabetes. With this growth, more drug producers are adding biopharmaceutical manufacturing plants around the world as well as renovating storage rooms with an eye toward increased storage capacity. Read more on the details of how a mobile shelving system with modifications …

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Increased Climate-Controlled Storage Capacity for Independent Seed Testing Company

One of the world’s largest independent seed testing companies was quickly running out of space in their climate-controlled storage facility. They needed more storage capacity and a better method to access, track and control samples, but wanted to avoid the potentially costly construction of an entirely new building. Haldeman-Homme, the local Spacesaver Representative in North Dakota, was presented with this challenge and proposed the ActivRAC 7M system as the ideal storage solution. This high-density mobile storage solution eliminates the need for idle aisles and can more than …

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University of Notre Dame Football Equipment Storage Upgraded

The Football equipment storage room at the University of Notre Dame used to have static, wooden shelving installed in a sparse room with concrete floors. The aisles between the static shelving units were wide, originally designed to accommodate a skid and a pallet, and took up most of the floor space. “There was just so much wasted space,” said Ryan Grooms, Head Football Equipment Manager for the University of Notre Dame. “It really wasn’t functional for us.” Rubbermaid tubs filled with gear and equipment were stacked around the room, and even on the one counter top space. Grooms …

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Archive Storage – 8,000 Boxes in a 16-Foot-Wide Building

The Chemical Heritage Foundation needed to convert a boarded-up eyesore of a building into the John C. Haas Archive of Science and Busines at CHF. But the building could not be torn down or expanded because of its historical significance. The tall, narrow structure needed a substantial transformation to become a great solution. After Chemical Heritage Foundation’s building (which was built in 1865) went through a massive renovation in 2008, there was no more space to build additional archive storage. However, there was an old building near that site from the 1850s. The Foundation decided …

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Protecting Property and Equipment With Military Lockers

Soldiers in the North Carolina National Guard were required to store their gear and equipment in their homes. This was not an ideal solution, and often times resulted in the loss of government property. To avoid FLIPLs, there needed to be a system in place to ensure accountability and security of equipment. A study concluded that over 90% of Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) losses occurred in the ranks of E1 through E5. For the North Carolina National Guard, the solution to this problem was to create a locker room in each National Guard readiness center throughout the …

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Dedicated to Artifact Care With Custom Museum Cabinets

The Galt’s existing static shelving could not accommodate the growing number of objects they were acquiring and, increasingly, things were being housed in a non-best practice environment. In an effort to house its growing collection within limited space and using inflexible shelving, the Museum was progressively resorting to layering and stacking. These two “solutions” decreased overall ease of access and, worse, posed a risk to object care. When the museum added a new wing in 2005, they worked with Spacesaver to install mobile shelving and custom museum cabinets that provided …

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BOM Container Inserts Securely Stored on Industrial Shelving System at Fort Carson

The ActivRAC 30P industrial shelving system was installed at the 4th’s SSA Building at Fort Carson, Colorado. It mainly stores inserts for cargo containers. The containers reside just outside the building approximately 50 yards from the system. The ActivRAC system allows the group to access the materials they need immediately without having to go outside in the elements and unlock (and lock) the BOM containers each time materials are loaded or unloaded. This saves time and helps maintain organization of the unit’s materials. The system was designed with several security measures …

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Tulane University Law Library Storage Makes Room For the Past, Present and Future

In New Orleans, Louisiana the John Gitten Weinmann building for Tulane University Law School incorporated Spacesaver mobile shelving systems to store more than 500,000 volumes, making it the 33rd largest in size among law school libraries. “During the 25 years we were in our old building, the law school faculty, student population and library collection had more than doubled in size,” explained Ray Lytle, Director of Public Services. “If we didn’t incorporate mobile storage, we would have had to discard more than 40-percent of the collection or move to off-site library …

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Houston Police Department Sizes Up Evidence Storage Solution

Before the city of Houston built its new Houston Police Department (HPD) property room, evidence storage and property was housed in an antiquated building that had outlived its purpose. Not only was the facility unable to fit any additional evidence, but the lack of organization made it hard for staff to locate evidence when needed. According to Evidence Control Systems President Joe Latta, the importance of DNA evidence had significantly increased the amount of evidence that departments need to collect and store. Before beginning construction of their new facility, HPD identified …

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High-density Mobile Storage System Doubles Capacity For Inmate Property at Arapahoe County Detention Center

The Inmate Property department at the Arapahoe County Detention Center in Englewood, Colorado, had outgrown its storage space. The outdated system needed to be replaced and capacity expanded, yet adding more space was not an option. “Headquarters had already installed high-density mobile storage systems for inmate property and evidence storage and records, so I knew what I wanted,” said Inmate Property Supervisor Sue White. At her supervisor’s recommendation, White contacted Phyllis Aragon at Spacesaver to work out a solution. With the space saved by the powered, compact …

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Satisfies 20-Year Growth Plan using Spacesaver Mobile Shelving System

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) had a 20-year developmental plan that included additional space and remodeling of its current space in the State Museum of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State Archives building located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Fifty-two thousand square feet of the total 93,000 square feet of new space assigned to the PHMC was designated for State Museum collection storage spaces, work and collection processing spaces. The PHMC decided to move its three science collections into the new space, which includes Archeology, …

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Scout Ranch Expands Museum Collection Storage, Protects Artifacts

The Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., ran out of space in its museum for storing its collection of Native American and Southwestern artifacts. Museum collection storage was at a premium, as the collection of artifacts is always growing.The museum installed a mechanical assist mobile system, which quadrupled its storage space and allowed for more work areas “Before, we were full and had no room to store additional items,” explained Steve Zimmer, museum director. “With the Spacesaver system we quadrupled the storage space in the same amount of floor space and freed up room for …

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Consolidated Museum Storage Leads to Improved Safety and Efficiency at Peabody Museum of Natural History

The new 100,000 square foot facility — which houses 60 percent of the Peabody collection as well as offices and labs for faculty from the departments of Anthropology, Geology and Geophysics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the School of Forestry — includes more than 250 high-density carriages, 40,000 drawers, 2,000 museum cabinets and 16,000 linear feet of shelving “Anytime you build a new university facility, campus space is an issue,” said Tim White, assistant director for collections and operations. “By utilizing Spacesaver compact storage systems instead of …

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Strong’s National Museum of Play Improves Artifact Storage Now and For the Future

The National Museum of Play® at The Strong in Rochester, NY, houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts, documents and other materials that are devoted to the meaning and importance of play. The Strong needed to significantly improve the storage and safety of current museum artifacts as well as prepare for the indefinite growth of their collection with the option for further expansion. The sheer number of objects in the collection made finding a suitable storage solution quite a challenge. Fortunately, The Strong applied for and received a grant to dramatically …

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reports Good News About High-Densty Mobile Storage System

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin’s largest daily paper, utilizes multifunctional high-density mobile storage systems to improve its storage of news resource and reference information. Given space constraints, they accomplished this by storing items in a highly efficient manner. Prior to the remodel, materials and information were scattered throughout the building, in different departments and storage areas. It was difficult and time consuming for reporters and library staff to locate necessary information to complete a story.“I had to fnd a way to bring …

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Century-old Law Firm Incorporates Mobile Storage System in New, Upscale Offices

Lathrop & Clark LLP, a 100 year-old law firm in Madison, Wisconsin, who specializes in several areas of public, private and business law, consolidated offices and moved into a new building. They needed to improve their storage methods and design a fling system that aesthetically blended into their new, upscale space. “We wanted to be sure that we allocated enough space for all of our active files,” said Colleen Dring, the law firm’s office manager. “The firm gains 1,500 additional files each year and only periodically purges inactive files to an off-site warehouse that holds our …

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High-Profile Law Firm Selects Spacesaver’s Cantilever Shelving for Newly Designed Space

Heller Ehrman Attorneys, a California based high-tech and bio-tech law firm moved into a newly leased space to expand its offices and accommodate growth. The company chose Spacesaver library cantilever shelving with custom wood end panels in its new law library and mobile storage in fling areas.The new law library, located on the second floor, incorporates a modern design motif with custom-designed tables, black lighting fixtures and an abundance of light from the windows lining both sides of the room. “We were trying to create a library that was a light, airy place where people could go …

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Johnson Financial Group Uses Mobile Storage System to Improve Filing System

Johnson Financial Group, a consolidated group of holdings under Johnson International, which is S.C. Johnson family owned, recently consolidated offices into a beautiful new headquarters complex located on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Racine, Wisconsin.The consolidation of records, the overall growth of the company and acquisitions of other banks have all contributed to the need for reevaluation of the company’s storage needs. Security, accessibility and cost of space were all issues that needed to be addressed. “When we were given the task to consolidate seven buildings …

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Deloitte Consulting Utilizes High-Density Mobile Storage System to Accomplish Hoteling Goals

Deloitte Consulting, one of the world’s leading management consulting firms, brought together three separate offices into a single location in downtown Atlanta. Their move created an opportunity to implement new workplace strategies aimed at building productivity, innovation and teamwork within their 126,000 square foot interior space. A universal floor plan was developed that incorporated a high-density mobile storage system on each of the five floors of the downtown Atlanta high-rise building, which allowed for a large open floor plan concept workstations and …

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Surgical Services Department uses Mobile for Sterile Supply Storage

The Surgical Services Department at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland recently upgraded their sterile supply storage in the operating room core and replaced more than 70 wire carts with seven small Spacesaver mobile systems. Paul McGuire, Manager, Surgical Services, said that the old wire carts were inefficient on space utilization. There was wasted space between and in front of carts, as well as unutilized space between shelves. It was difficult to store small instruments and didn’t provide neat, organized appearance to the storage area. Spacesaver designed …

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Custom Cantilver Shelving Compliments Akron Public Library Architecture

The recently completed Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, Ohio, features five renovated floors and three of new construction that nearly doubled its former size. Designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects of New York, the glass-and-concrete building, with its glowing three-story atrium, is a focal point of downtown Akron’s cultural, commercial and architectural center. Even the shelving was designed to complement the architecture of the building. A big challenge was the wide variety of items that needed to be stored — everything from small items, like …

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33 Linear Miles of Library Shelving at Central Michigan University

When the Central Michigan University Charles V. Park library underwent a four-floor renovation and addition, over 33 linear miles of high-density mobile shelving was used to house 95-percent of the library’s collection – 1.1 million volumes. To house the combined collections, which were consolidated from several campus locations, would have required 75,000 square feet if stationary library shelving were used. By utilizing high-density mobile shelving, the university was able to reduce the space needs to 45,000 square feet, which contributed to a six-million dollar savings in …

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Pope Air Force Base Relies on Mobile Shelving for Secure and Efficient Storage

Pope Air Force Base Special operations squadron at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC required a better storage solution for their wide range of highly specialized and uniquely sized items. Within a new special squadron facility that provides support and supply functions, unique storage solutions were designed into seven areas to optimize space utilization, improve organization and maximize control and security. The Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of Material Control remarked,”Special Operations is growing and taking on a new, more multi-faceted role within the …

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Maximized Patient Care Space With Stationary and Mobile Shelving Systems

Chicago’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County was designed first and foremost to meet the needs of the patients with the most up-to-date technology, efficient design and contemporary settings. To maximize patient-care space, the design of the Stroger Hospital needed to be space-efficient. Those involved with the new construction project selected Spacesaver mobile shelving systems and stationary shelving to help them achieve their patient service goals. Space-efficient storage solutions were planned throughout 74 areas of the facility, with material storage …

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Naval Seabees of Coronado, CA improve their equipment storage efficiency

The Amphibious Construction Battalion One (ACB-1), whose sailors are known as “Seabees, get organized with improved equipment storage efficiency provided by Spacesaver. “The past three years have seen a substantial increase in the expectation for units to maintain high readiness postures for any possible contingency,” said Lt. Thomas Price, ACB-1’s assistant supply officer. “A primary concern was quick and easy access to materials,” he said. In Bulk Storage, security of the palletized gear located on open rack shelving was improved with large lockable fencing. An …

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College of Charleston Adopts Compact Shelving

When the College of Charleston (CofC), the oldest institution of higher education in South Carolina and one of the oldest in the United States, recently opened the $30 million, 140,000 square-foot Addlestone Library, it was with an eye to the future and a plan to maximize growth of the collections without having to increase the size of the new building. The old library had run out of space 10 years before the new facility was built, so Dean David Cohen and Director Claire Fund, after evaluating the future needs of their expanding collection, had to find a solution. Library architect Michael …

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Mobile Shelving Added to Double Storage Capacity at the Hale Library within Kansas State University

Kansas State University (KSU), located in the beautiful Flinthills of Manhattan, Kansas, recently completed its fourth expansion project of the Hale Library, which was originally built in 1927. The latest renovation, an award-winning design reminiscent of the Romanesque style, added 400,000 square feet. It featured a new outer shell and façade that merged several past renovation projects into one cohesive design and transformed the library into a campus icon. During the renovation, the architect researched interior paint colors and wood stains to stay true to the original period. …

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Custom Library Book Shelving for Seattle’s Landmark Central Library

Seattle’s central library, principally designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Ramus from OMA in a joint venture with LMN Architects of Seattle, has been the focus of national attention. The 362,987-square-foot, state-of-the-art 11-story facility houses 1.4 million volumes of books. “As in any library, the central focus is the books and the shelving that they sit on,” said Pragnesh Parikh of LMN Architects, the local managing architect. “We wanted to create a unique experience for the visitor with the foremost feature of the building being the public spiral book …

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Milwaukee Art Museum Improves Efficiency With Mobile Storage System

As the Quadracci Pavilion was constructed, the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) also expanded and renovated its existing permanent galleries and reorganized its permanent collection. MAM conservator Jim DeYoung said Spacesaver’s mobile storage systems played a key role in the museum’s construction process and significantly enhances the institution’s ability to add to its collections. “We’ve worked with Spacesaver since the 1980s for our storage needs for our print and sculpture collections,” DeYoung said. “However, since the Quadracci Pavilion expansion project …

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Federal Military Museum Archive Storage Solved

A new, premier federal military museum, with state-of-the-art simulators and theater, provides an extraordinary educational experience for all who visit. The museum manages more than 5,000 war and military exhibit items, dating back to the 1940’s, that are either used to adorn the 27,000 square feet of exhibit area or are kept safely in archive storage. When the new building was designed, the exhibit manager and the museum director wanted to allow enough space in archive storage for decades of growth. By using Spacesaver mechanical assist mobile storage systems and art racks, museum …

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