University of Notre Dame Football Equipment Storage
The Football equipment 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 was familiar with Spacesaver from his previous position with the University of Minnesota and knew that mobile shelving could potentially double his storage capacity within the same space.
Today's equipment is better organized and visible, which makes inventory and maintenance easier. The room itself has become a showpiece for the University. The mobile systems all feature custom graphics that showcase Notre Dame football, from close ups of the team’s helmets to an areal shot of the stadium. The Spacesaver mechanical assist system handles were sent off to the helmet company that provides the team’s game day helmets to be dipped in the same gold paint as the helmets.
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Storing 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 they wanted to use and restore it, partly because the location solved logistic retrieval issues, and partly because they wanted to give back to the community by revitalizing an historic building.
CHF looked at a variety of scenarios using both the static and mobile versions of Spcacesaver’s High-Bay shelving, taking into consideration how much material they could store using each. They ultimately installed a 36 feet tall XTend Mobile High-Bay system, with one moveable range between two fixed units. This system enabled them to achieve the storage capacity required of the archive facility, providing approximately 8,400 linear feet of shelf space to house new collections.
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Protecting Government Property and Equipment
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 state to keep valuable equipment (for E5 and below), secure and accounted for. Space needed to be borrowed from other areas of readiness centers to make room for the new lockers. Classrooms have been converted to locker rooms and even old twenty-foot-long shipping containers have been equipped with lockers. The North Carolina National Guard can fit 18 lockers inside each shipping container and make use of the space when there is no room onsite for a locker room.
Each locker was constructed with a perforated mesh door designed to provide airflow and to obscure the view of expensive equipment kept inside for added security. Another important feature was the flexibility as well as the large amount of interior space made available for each locker.
Dedicated to Artifact Care - The Galt Museum
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 cabinetry that provided them with more storage space and provided increased safety of the collections. The system was designed to accommodate future expansion, and in 2011 more mobile shelving and cabinetry was added, maximizing the storage capacity.
”Our adoption of the equipment in 2005 was a massive leap forward in our ability to remain committed to best practices,” said MacLean. “The equipment is a visual statement to our donors, our communities and the overall industry, that we are dedicated to the highest level of artifact care. Best of all, it allows us remain committed to best practices well into the future.”
ActivRAC 30P Holds Inserts from BOM Containers at Fort Carson
The ActivRAC 30P 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 in mind, including rolling doors which need to be opened in order to access items. Several aisles are also secured with a pin code – which must be entered into the electronic pad before the aisle will open. This also provides Fort Carson with a record of who accesses the system and when.
Tulane University Law School 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 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 it off- site.”
Spacesaver Eclipse powered mobile systems store more than 80-percent of the library's collection and feature custom end panels designed to match the rich interior features and furnishings. The remaining space left in the library was used for collaborative group study space as well as a reading and computer room.
Safety is never a concern in the open stacks, despite the 1,100 students accessing materials 17 hours a day, seven days a week. “There was a lot of discussion about whether to get a mechanical or electric system,” said Lytle. “The electric systems met our needs because they are easy to operate, accommodate ADA concerns and provide safety for the students. In fact, we have not had one safety concern in seven years.”
Houston PD Sizes Up Their Evidence Storage
Before the city of Houston built its new Houston Police Department (HPD) property room they had previously stored evidence and property 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 their main challenges as protecting the integrity of their evidence, having enough space to accommodate for up to one million different items such as bicycles, bumpers, drugs or jewelry and creating an easy and efficient way to store and retrieve evidence items.
At the heart of the evidence storage solution was the ActivRAC® 16P mobilized storage system from Spacesaver® Corporation. With ActivRAC®, otherwise stationary (or fixed) rows of pallet racking and shelving are mounted on carriages and mobilized. The system still provides 100% accessibility to every pallet or storage location wherever and whenever needed. Users decide which aisle to “open” with a simple press of a button. The entire HPD property room was outfitted with the ActivRAC 16P system.
With the use of ActivRAC mobilized storage systems, HPD was able to reduce the building envelope by as much as 30% saving significant construction costs without sacrificing storage space. Additionally the Property Room earned LEED certification through the use of sustainable design and construction processes.The weapons storage area provides enough storage for 22,984 handguns, 5,256 rifles and 17,500 knives in a single room with quick and easy access to each.At the opening of the facility, Mayor Bill White said the property room is a major asset for the city and its citizens and stated, “This property room is an indispensable part of the criminal justice system designed to keep our city safe while according fairness to those who are accused of crime.”
Clerk of Courts achieves density and efficiency goals using a variety of storage solutions
The Lake County Court House in Painesville, Ohio was in need of expansion. During new construction planning, Clerk of Courts Lynne Mazeika took the opportunity to redesign their storage areas to maximize capacity and consolidate most of their records into one area.
“Before the move, we were completely out of space and were putting records wherever we could find room,” Mazeika explained. “We would have to look all over the place, even on multiple floors, just to find a record.”
After reviewing the storage options with the Spacesaver representative, she decided to use a combination of rotary systems and high-density mobile systems. The rotary systems were selected to store the newer, highly accessed files.The Clerk of Courts offices take in approximately 6,000 new records a year. Twenty-two rotary systems, which are used to store active case files, as well as counter-height systems used in accounting, provide convenient accessibility for high-use files. “We sometimes have as many as eight-to-ten people pulling records at one time,” said Mazeika. “The rotary systems allow us to keep the records close to us and provide almost unlimited access.”
Mazeika explained that the new storage solutions have not only saved space, but even improved their workflow and accountability. “It has been a real savings to have most of our records in one place and easy to find. Our records are organized and carefully accounted for,” she said. “If a record is not in the storage area, we know exactly who has taken a record and where to find it. That is important.”
Mobile Storage Doubles Capacity For Inmate Property at Arapahoe County Detention Center
The Inmate Property department at the Arapahoe County Detention Center in Englewood, Colo., 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 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 mobile system, the department was able to add a mechanical-assist mobile system with larger shelves in the same area for bulk property like backpacks, TV sets, sometimes an inmate’s entire life history — longer-term items that were previously in satellite storage and only accessible through doors that people in other departments had to open and close. “The Spacesaver mobile system has cut down dramatically on lost property,” said White. “It has also reduced the ugly smells that come along with maintaining personal property. It was an instant storage solution.”
“Having items clean, neat and easy to access has greatly reduced the stress on the staff and made their lives easier,” said White. “The Spacesaver system is wonderful,” said inmate property staff member Nancy Cox. “It has certainly made our job more enjoyable and less stressful! And lost property is no longer a problem.”