The space was overcrowded and disorganized. Helmets, shoulder pads, uniforms, and field practice equipment were overflowing into aisleways, or placed onto carts that blocked other storage areas.
In addition to these actively used items, old uniforms and various University of Wisconsin Whitewater apparel for summer camps, coaches’ gear, and donations also needed to be stored in the space. There was even old equipment that should have been discarded, tucked away on shelves or hidden in cabinets.
The athletes and staff needed to completely re-think their football team equipment storage.
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Existing shelving and storage was old, made of wood and permanently installed (fixed), with no adjustable shelves or movable units. Each cabinet was locked with a separate key and it took over two hours to unlock the cabinets, pull the appropriate uniforms and equipment and then re-lock all the cabinets to secure the equipment. The lack of adjustability was also frustrating, since it was hard to meet the needs of the growing football program or keep the team organized.
UW-Whitewater equipment manager at the time, Luke Groth, began to explore alternate storage solutions for the space that could get the team (and the equipment) more organized.
“Spacesaver has a great reputation across college athletics,” said Mr. Groth, “What they have done for other programs is outstanding and is what attracted UWW to Spacesaver.”
His familiarity with Spacesaver, plus the school’s proximity to the manufacturing facility (the Spacesaver manufacturing facility and offices are only 10 minutes away) helped steer him towards the Spacesaver approach.