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Flexible Shelving for an Illinois Library | Case Study

Flexible Shelving for Illinois Library

A Commitment to Learning

On most campuses, the library is a lively hub of learning and collaboration. But students and faculty at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, found that working in the old library was more about endurance than enjoyment. The aging building hadn’t been remodeled in more than 20 years, and it was dark, overcrowded, and noisy. Perhaps most importantly, the building’s labyrinthine layout made it difficult for students to find their way around.

harper college shelving periodicals
“We needed to find a better place for them to learn.” – Njambi Kamoche, Dean | Resources for Learning

Sleek Shelving for an Open Learning Layout

The library’s main level is bright, open, and busy. The planning team wanted to provide casual collaboration spaces on this level, along with access to popular periodicals, digital media, best sellers, popular reading, graphic novels, and other materials. Counter-height cantilever shelving contributes to the open feel, allowing natural light from large windows to fill the space. A-frame shelving and carts provide storage and display for DVDs and other media. The flexible shelving is fitted with casters that allow staff to move them when they want to repurpose the space.

The third floor is dedicated to independent research and quiet study. Tall flexible shelving units house the majority of the library’s collection, and study carrels offer privacy. Throughout the library, Spacesaver shelving was fitted with custom end panels that integrate with the rest of the building’s interior design. The result is a sleek, clean look that unifies the facility while also providing convenient access to the library’s collection.

harper college a frame shelves
A-Frame casters allow for more flexibility, whenever needed

Secure Archives with Preservation in Mind

The Spacesaver design team also worked with Bradford Systems to design a secure area to house the college’s archives and special collections. They chose 4-Post shelving mounted on a high-density mobile system to store archival boxes and printed materials. The archives were designed with room to grow. Some of the high-density storage shelves are currently empty, awaiting future acquisitions, which gave Harper College peace of mind for future collection storage. The cabinet trays can be raised or lowered without special tools, allowing staff to adjust tray spacing to maximize space and accommodate objects of different heights. Additional trays can also be added as the collection grows in the future. All in all, the success of this project was a great accomplishment for all parties involved.

Harper College Archives Storage
Archive Storage for More Flexibility and Ease of Browsing

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Space | Mizzou Tigers Athletic Storage

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November Project of the Month: University of Missouri Athletics

Mizzou Tigers Display Wall

Client: Mizzou Tigers

Markets: Athletics

Products: High-Density Mobile Storage, Metal Shelving, Athletic Locker Rooms

A Need for Customized Efficiency

Mizzou is a team with a history that dates all the way back to 1890. Their storage had rarely seen any big change, especially since their success on the field was always the first priority. But when the new equipment manager finally had a chance to make a change coming into Mizzou, he already had a plan in mind. Having come from the University of Louisville, where they had installed Spacesaver products for their locker room storage, he knew exactly what he wanted, so he called Bradford Systems. He explained how their current Wenger Mobile Carts just weren’t cutting it. They were hard to pull and couldn’t hold everything they needed it to. Moreover, Mizzou’s athletic storage was sorted by storage type, making it a huge hassle to prepare gear for practice and game days.
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Project of the Month: St. Louis Blues, Enterprise Center

Making More Space for One of the Oldest Names in the NHL

Background:

Client: St. Louis Blues, Enterprise Center
Market: Athletic
Completion:
 2018

Founded in 1967, the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club is one of the most well-known and well established names in the NHL. Named for the W.C. Handy Song “Saint Louis Blues,” the team has called the Enterprise Center “home” since 1994, after several moves and getting close to relocating completely!

The Enterprise Center, located in the heart of Downtown St. Louis, is a 12 story glass and concrete building that houses not only the St. Louis Blues, but also provides a full range of programs including ice shows, sporting events and concerts.

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Project of the Month: Walter E. Deuchler Associates

Mobile Storage & Seamless Shelving for 102 Years’ Worth of Engineering History

Background:

Client: Walter E. Deuchler Associates 
Market: Corporate
Completion:
 May 2018

Walter E. Deuchler Associates, located in Aurora, Il., offers a full of spectrum of services across civil, structural, electrical and environmental engineering. As a full service engineering partner, Deuchler provides the team you need with the experience, knowledge and solutions to help plan and execute your project.

With integrity and excellence in mind, Deuchler knows that greatness starts with treating people well and creating the kind of solutions that make a real difference – this goes for their employees too.

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Project of the Month: O’Fallon Police Department

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We covered all the bases, using storage solutions ranging from employee and evidence lockers to mobile record shelving and armory storage.

Background:

Client: O’Fallon, Missouri PD
Market: Public Safety
Completion:
 December 2017

When the O’Fallon, Missouri Police Department began planning for a new Justice Center, one which would house and facilitate all police and court functions, they knew they had a many space and storage considerations at hand. Their city had experienced fast growth, and they wanted a facility that could keep pace for decades to come.

They had worked with Spacesaver before, who involved our team at the onset of the planning phase. This relationship allowed us to optimize space with the right mix of storage solutions and keep costs low.

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How High Density Shelving Can Be Used to Transform Retail Spaces

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Using Spacesaver High Density Storage in Creative Ways.

Being short on space can cause a number of issues for many businesses, and this is especially true in retail where square footage costs are at a premium. Making the best use of available space is a top priority for businesses, and storage solutions are needed to find efficient ways to store items like products, tools, parts for manufacturing or even large pieces of art.

By mounting shelves on to rails and carriages that can be opened and compacted as needed, high density mobile storage shelving can seamlessly increase the amount of space available to you or double the amount you can store within the same footprint. Our storage solutions are so flexible they can be applied to a variety of industries, including retail.

Seattle Public Library uses compacting library shelving to create mobile retail kiosks.

Seattle Public Library Compacting Kiosk by Spacesaver

Seattle Public Library teamed up with space saving experts and architects to create a compacting retail kiosk for the library’s atrium. The carriage and rail system allows the shelving to move, making it incredibly easy to open for customers.

Lighting capabilities were made possible by creating recessed outlets in the floor – just plug in and switch on. Closing up shop is not only incredibly easy, but the smooth guidance of the carriages means that the products can remain on the shelves without worry of having them fall over. The shelves come together to create a compact unit, ensuring the security of the products inside while the shop is closed. In end, the library developed the retail space they wanted while retaining the ability to make space as needed for events in the atrium.

Canada Goose uses mobile storage to creatively display their wares and create more storage space.

Canada Goose High-End Storage Solutions by Spacesaver

A lot of details were taken into consideration to create a well branded and unique customer experience for their flagship store in Toronto. Wanting to create a unique, high-end retail experience can be a little tricky when you need to store and display bulky outerwear in 100 different styles, 40 colors and a variety of sizes.

The solution included eight High Density Mobile carriages and three stationary units fitted with custom handles and steel panels. The stationary units also feature display cabinets built at Spacesaver’s headquarters in Wisconsin. The goal was to create a customer experience that would comfortably house the products while ensuring that the high-quality nature of the brand remained in the forefront. These elements came together beautifully to illustrate both efficiency and great branding for Canada Goose.

To get the most out of your retail space, you’ll get the best results when your architect and design team can collaborate with storage experts like Bradford Systems. In partnership with The Spacesaver Group, we’ve helped solve a variety of storage problems by making it possible for our clients to store more in less space. Our innovative design paired with the flexibility of Spacesaver solutions can easily solve even the most demanding storage issues.

With high-density mobile storage, the possibilities are endless not matter what industry you’re in. We’ve successfully installed over 250,000 storage units across a broad range of industries from retail shops and libraries to hospitals and police departments.  With over 34 years of experience solving storage problems, we can craft the custom solution to suit your needs.