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The 3 Most Important Aspects of An Efficient Laboratory

The 3 Most Important Aspects of An Efficient Laboratory

Science laboratories have seen a quick advancement in equipment and materials over the last 50 years. Professional and aspiring scientists alike have given manufacturers plenty of feedback for what their perfect lab layout looks like as well as their preferred equipment choices. With all this in mind, we’ve put together the three most important aspects of building a most efficient laboratory.

Lab Space Planning

One of the most important details in planning a laboratory, especially in the early stages, is establishing a working layout determined by the latest technology, while still being flexible enough for future improvements. By working with architects, facilities engineers, lab managers and end users on your lab plan, we can find a perfect equipment combination to meet your needs. Prioritizing safety, accessibility and utilization are essential to guide yourself through any and all critical issues.

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Laboratory layout with stainless steel cabinets and modular casework construction

Sustainable Laboratories

A great new trend in laboratories is committing to the leading industry standards for conservation and sustainability, investing in technologies that benefit the environment, your employees, your customers and your communities. By including equipment that improves air and water quality, safety, energy, and cost savings, you can have a LEED certified lab that will remain attractive for years.

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Shelving additions replace typical see-thru lab cabinets for extra storage space

Modern Materials & Ergonomics

Analyze your users’ needs to determine the right product applications using the latest technology, regulations, and guidelines to lead the layout plan from concept to reality. Work surfaces in various new-age materials like epoxy resin & phenolic resin, or strong construction materials like stainless steel or plastic laminate will ensure your lab lasts a lifetime.

Contact Us for All Your Laboratory Storage Needs

Learn how we can transform your lab space into a state-of-the-art facility that is LEED certified, contact us online today or call us at 1-800-696-3453.

Bradford Systems Breathes New Life Into Grant Thornton Offices

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“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.


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.


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.


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

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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.


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.


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.”


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.