LOCAL: The International Quilt Study Center & Museum

The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is a 50,000 square-foot building on the University of Nebraska - Lincoln campus in Lincoln, Nebraska. It features a number of different quilts at any given time period.

The Challenge:

The quilts were originally being displayed in the Home Economics Building of UNLs East Campus. While the old location was in a climate-controlled space, it needed to be showcased more easily. However, with a large donation they were able to expand and move all the quilts to the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. The original Quilt House was 37,000 square-feet and over 13,000 square-foot were added to the building.

With such a delicate and important collection, Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc., had to work closely with the General Contractors and Architects to ensure all the shelving units meet the archival and preservation guidelines necessary for the collection. The collection could not have any wood material around it or where the quilts are stored. This is because it is hazardous to the collection. All shelving components had to feature a baked-on powder-coat finish that makes sure that no hazardous off-gassing. Additionally, the rails must be recessed-in-the-concrete to ensure all carts were able to be brought in and out carefully, and that all volunteers can access the quilts without a tripping hazard.

The Solution:

Midwest Storage Solutions, Inc., installed Spacesaver “Eclipse,” powered high-density mobile shelving for the storage of the quilts. All high-density mobile shelving can be made with the baked-on powder-coat finish that was needed for the collection, and it can be installed into any current floor system!  Furthermore, MSS installed nine Spacesaver powered mobile systems that feature mobile carriages that are 60’ in length and double-sided storage to store the possibly largest quilt collection in the world.

Storage Solved:

With the expansion and all of the new and old storage units, The International Quilt Study Center & Museum, was able to provide more volunteers to help clean and showcase the quilts. Furthermore, they were able to hire a Director of the Quilt House. This will let others with scheduled visits be able to tour the collection much easier.