Category Archives: Modular Casework

Project of the Month: Flexible Solutions for Follet

Modular Casework, Versatile & Adaptable

For over 140 years, Follett has provided products and services that help make schools more efficient, giving teachers the tools to facilitate teaching their students. With the expansion of technology and its growing importance in education, Follett decided it was time to pursue new ways of working. In planning the new corporate headquarters, Follett found the need to create flexible work spaces that would adapt to the rapidly changing needs of their team.

Room to Grow with Bradford Systems

The flexibility of Modular Casework was just what Follett was looking for and proved invaluable to their business expansion. We installed a new Hamilton Sorter Casework system that is able to be easily moved and redesigned as quickly as Follett’s needs continue to grow. In tandem with Cannon Design in Chicago, we were able to develop an adaptable, aesthetically versatile, and incredibly durable system that would support Follett’s endeavors for years to come.

 

 

 

Innovative Ways to Enhance Student Spaces

Students don’t just enjoy imagination. They thrive on it. Whether it’s a kindergartner drawing pictures of nature or a college student exploring world history, imagination leads to creativity and critical thinking.

At Bradford Systems, we’re in the business of imagination. Let us transform your overburdened and underused areas into enriching spaces that foster – not force – the learning experience. Keep reading to learn about some of the creative ways we do it.

Unlocking Library Space

Long gone is the idea that a library needs to be designed around stack after stack, shelf after shelf, of textbooks. To be effective as well as popular, today’s library must focus on the patron. In your case – students.

Bradford Systems is a leading expert in repurposing library storage. From retrofitting wooden bookcases to replacing stacks with cantilevered shelving, energy efficient lighting to customized compact mobile storage, we offer a variety of library solutions fully personalized to your specific facility and needs. Start making a difference in your students’ lives today.

Burdened by Mail? We Deliver.

Sending and receiving mail is one of the most important ways for students to feel at home, even when they’re far away. Customized mail solutions for colleges, boarding schools, and military academies from Bradford Systems deliver centralized mail hubs that fully integrate into your campus. Talk to a member of our team to see how our many mail center components make securely sending, receiving, and processing envelopes and packages easier than ever before.

A Better Way to Organize Your Sports

Running out of space in the locker room? At Bradford Systems, we have decades of experience in athletic equipment and uniform storage. Lockers, modular shelving, helmet/pad storage, and workspace solutions are just a few of our many products and services designed to improve your team’s efficiency, so you and your student-athletes can focus on the game ahead. Want to see our work in action? Find out how we outfitted the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.

Creative Spaces = Student Success

Ready to learn how to enhance existing student spaces? Let us teach you what we know about organization. Contact Bradford Systems and ask for a free, no-obligation consultation. With more than 45 years of experience and hundreds of happy clients across the country, there is no educational storage challenge that we cannot solve. Discover school storage ideas that work best for your institution right now.

Bradford Systems Breathes New Life Into Grant Thornton Offices

“An instinct for growth.” Grant Thornton epitomizes its slogan. Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations in independent audit, tax, and advisory firms. Today, the company boasts more than 50 offices across the nation, with more than 500 partners and 6,000 employees. Together, that massive workforce manages a revenue exceeding $1 billion.

With figures like these, you can imagine the piles of paperwork. Struggling to find a place for all of their documents, Grant Thornton called in Bradford Systems to remedy their storage situation in Manhattan and Chicago and turn their offices into a modern oasis.

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High-Density Mobile Shelving

Following our successful installation of Spacesaver high-density filing systems in its Midtown Manhattan office, the company invited us to do the same for its Chicago headquarters. Working with Grant Thornton’s project managers and A&D team, we designed a network of Spacesaver high-density shelving systems and stationary shelving across the four-story office and storage space.

Thanks to Spacesaver’s universally slotted shelving, Grant Thornton can easily add and change components, including full- height bin dividers, bin fronts, file dividers, drawers, doors, etc., which allows the company to adapt to the future and continue to grow.

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Modular Casework

Another important solution to Grant Thornton’s storage and file management needs came in the form of modular casework from Hamilton Casework Solutions. The Bradford Systems team installed a customized arrangement of casework, including utility workrooms, day lockers, and copy and mail centers throughout its four floors. Hamilton Casework Solutions is recognized around the world for its modular and flexible casework, and it also offers a unique tax advantage, as it can be depreciated over seven years, rather than 32 years or more.

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Midwest Leaders in Storage Solutions

Grant Thornton’s project manager explained

“Bradford Systems is one of our favorite vendors. The casework that we installed in New York that wasn’t provided by Bradford is already delaminating. I want to utilize Bradford’s casework wherever possible.”

That’s a strong endorsement, and one of many such testimonials we work harder than anyone else to earn. But don’t just take their word for it. Learn about our tailored products and service made to order, and designed to fit your company’s needs and budget. Contact our team today and see what we can do for you.

Modular Casework Creates Space for Follett Publishing

Stretch limousines aren’t for everybody. Neither are Smart cars. Generally, the perfect fit is somewhere in between. The same is true in design. As your business grows, so too should your office space. No two companies are exactly alike, so designing the perfect space can be a challenge.

Thankfully, Bradford Systems has a solution designed just for you.

A Modular Approach to Office Space

Take Follett Publishing, for example. Headquartered in suburban Chicago, Follett approached us to assist with the company’s rapid growth in a rapidly evolving industry. As a major supplier of educational materials, Follett wanted to replace its traditional office spaces in favor of a more flexible work environment designed to benefit its people and its products. Hearing this, one word came to our minds: modularity.

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Working together, the Bradford Systems team designed a modular casework network that allows Follett to arrange and readjust its workspaces whenever and wherever needed. From base & wall-mounted cabinets, to work surfaces and mobile storage units, we provided Follett a practical and visually appealing office design that will serve the publisher as it continues to adapt and grow.

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The result? A resounding appreciation from the entire Follett Publishing team.

“(Bradford Systems’) flexible design was tested even before we moved into our new space,” explained Darlene Edwards, CFM, and Director of Facilities Management at Follett. She continues, “Of the 300 pieces of modular case goods, 27 pieces (roughly 10%) were relocated within the workspace to meet the constant and fast-paced changes of our business.”

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Now that’s what modularity is all about. And the best part is, thanks to a fluid design that allows for rearrangement instead of tearing down and building back up, modular caseworks from Bradford Systems allow you to improve the spaces you already have when construction expansion is not an option.

Custom Storage Solutions to Fit Your Needs

While the Follett study is unique, flexibility comes standard from Bradford Systems. Our business is a customized and tailored storage solution designed specifically for you, our client. Explore our website and contact an expert storage planner now to learn how we can enhance the workspaces you rely on every day.

Download our Follet Publishing Case Study to learn more.

The Re-Repurposed Library

The next chapter in your library story… probably the next few.

Library /ˈlīˌbrerē/noun (plural libraries)

A building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for use or borrowing by the public or the members of an institution.
Oxford Dictionary 2012

This definition of library was taken from a recent edition of the Oxford Dictionary. While it is a true description, it lacks detail. Libraries are so much more now than before.

books_being_stackupLong gone are the days when the main purpose of a library was to store the books and media for the community to borrow, for a period of two weeks or be subjected to a small fine for a tardy return. Today, libraries are repurposing themselves to address the ever-changing needs and wants of the community. It isn’t just the nerdy kid with Buddy Holly glasses who visits the library anymore. No, it’s people seeking employment or self-improvement visiting the library. It’s teens looking for a place to hang out who go to the library. Families looking for entertainment without having to secure a second mortgage go to the library. And, yes, folks still go to the library in search of nostalgia in the form of printed books and periodicals.

Library repurposing remains a strong and increasing trend across the country. Computer labs, employment and entrepreneurial incubators, conference and workshop venues, youth centers and deliverable services are sprouting up everywhere. A few libraries have even designated space for coffee cafés, allowing patrons an upscale literary experience. Some of repurposing is reactive, but much of it is pro-active. Libraries realize that they must repurpose to maintain and grow their membership.

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Bradford Systems offers many storage solutions for any type of library repurposing project – because we simply live in this world; the world of solving space issues, and that is what repurposing a library is all about.

Do you need more space and a capital campaign to build a new wing is not realistic?
Consider a mobile storage solution and storing infrequently accessed materials off-site (or onsite in an area you didn’t think you could use). You will be able to decrease your storage footprint by at least 50% and provide the area for new library services.

Thinking of adding a new or making over an existing reading room?
How about using 4-post and cantilever shelving, or perhaps some custom modular casework to add some pizazz to the new space? With this type of storage and organization, you’ll be able to showcase a variety of media, making it a more inviting space for your patrons.

Is an area for teens to hang out or a computer lab is on your To Do list?
Try 4-post and case type shelving available with an endless palette of color choices and end panel, workspace and counter top materials such as granite, marble and wood laminate and frosted acrylic. Glass movable walls or inter-changeable desk/table areas can also add a inviting “hang-out” aura. It’ll make the new space pop, will be extremely durable and won’t break your budget.

Check out all the ways Bradford can help with your library storage and repurposing quandaries here.