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How to Modernize a Historic Weapons Armory

How to Modernize a Historic Weapons Armory

When the U.S. Army needed to design a historic weapons training classroom that was as secure as an armory, the project planning team called on our friends at Spacesaver to help.

Storing and Displaying Historic Weapons

This U.S. military base is one of the Army’s largest training sites, and it has entire campuses to train soldiers in a variety of specialties. Ordnance trainees, for instance, learn about the latest technological advances as well as historic weaponry and associated equipment.

In the past, historic weapons were stored in several different locations. Now a new facility consolidates the weapons collections to save time, improve preservation conditions, and enhance the educational experience for the 8,000-10,000 ordnance soldiers who visit the facility for training every year.

When designing the facility, one of the staff’s primary goals was to create a weapons classroom. Because the military doesn’t distinguish between active and historic weapons, the weapons storage system had to comply with all regulations for active armories, which included fully securing the weapons.

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The new display room in one of the U.S. Army’s largest training sites

Illuminated Weapons Racks in Cabinets

The training center’s staff called on the local Spacesaver consultant for assistance, and he devised a creative solution to provide visibility as well as security. First, he measured the available space and obtained an inventory of weapons to be stored.

He designed Spacesaver’s UWR® (Universal™ Weapons Rack) Storage System, the most flexible weapons security storage system available, to fit the space and accommodate all the weapons. Then he added 4-Post shelving units to contain the racks, and he added frame doors with glass windows and locks to create an affordable alternative to museum cabinets.

An LED lighting system operated by a single switch completed the design.

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Windowed cabinets for clear weapons display

An Armory / Weapons Training Classroom

The resulting “cabinets” offer secure visible storage for a variety of historic weapons. When a group of trainees is scheduled to attend class in the room, staff open the UWR® doors, secure the glass doors, and flip on the lights to promote full visibility into the cabinets. After a training session, the UWR® doors are closed and locked again to fulfill security requirements.

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Perforated door display for weapons cabinets

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Learn how we can improve your weapons storage and improve your training regiments. Contact us online today or call us at 1-800-696-3453.

Project of the Month: Custom Workstations for Morton Arboretum

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Improved botany specimen intake workflow, from processing to long-term storage.


Client: Morton Arboretum
Markets: Botany, Collection Storage
 October 2018

The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 taxa from around the world. The Arboretum conducts leading scientific research on tree health and tree improvement, collects and displays trees for study and enjoyment on the grounds, offers educational programming for adults and children, and presents nature-related activities year-round for people of all ages and interests.

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Project of the Month: St. Louis Blues, Enterprise Center

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


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

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: Pedigree Ovens, PetDine Expansion

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Utilizing High-Density Mobile Pallet Rack, Pedigree Ovens expands into a new 220,000 square-foot facility


Client: Petdine, Pedigree Ovens
Market: Warehouse storage, manufacturing
 January 2018

PetDine is a full-service private label co-packer solely focused on the pet industry. PetDine offers a wide range of product types and ingredients to manufacture private label pet foods. They produce powders, pastes, soft chew treats and cooked treats in any shape.

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Project of the Month: Millikin University Library

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Millikin University Library Upgrades to Spacesaver High-density Shelving


Client: Millikin University
Departments: Library Main Stacks
Completion: 8/03/2017

Millikin University was building a new library as a part of their University Commons facility, opening for the 2017 fall semester.  They wanted to update their collection using powered high-density storage to allow for more shelf space in less square footage.

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Space-Saving Storage Ideas for Libraries

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Libraries provide a priceless resource for young and old minds alike. Shelves upon shelves of books, rows of computer workstations – and everything in between – give patrons a space to relax, imagine, and learn.

Speaking of space, it is often in short supply as more libraries research plans to modernize and keep pace with ever-advancing trends and technologies.

Here are three solutions for maximizing library storage space:

1. Books

One of the world’s oldest forms of information is still one of our favorites. While books are wonderful, they take up a lot of space. Some of the world’s richest libraries are also the most cluttered.

To counter this, storage solutions like the acclaimed Spacesaver system employ proven design aspects that not only maximize library space; they enhance the patron experience. Cantilever shelving and face-out end panels allow for more books to be displayed. Floor-to-ceiling lighting and soft colors invite guests to browse a bit longer. And, engineered-to-order (ETO) storage products are customized for a flawless fit in any space.

2. Other Media

Books aren’t the only items that attract patrons to the library. Newspapers, magazines, movies, music, and games are just a few of the many other features.

The answer is smart consolidation of media. High-density mobile shelving condenses materials and opens up floor space. And, static shelving that features universal slots is ETO and fully customizable to allow libraries to store more in fewer square feet.

3. Multipurpose Spaces

The library of the future is a learning center with collaboration at its core. Long, empty corridors are quickly evolving into open floor plans, study centers, children’s areas, and cafés. Making room for these inviting spaces is key!

In addition to enhanced shelving and stack solutions in areas open to the public, libraries can benefit from ETO archiving systems to securely store out-of-rotation books and other supplementary media materials.

Personalized Solutions for Your Library

Planning a redesign? Going digital? Focusing on community engagement? All of the above? Whatever the goals, Bradford Systems has personalized storage solutions to fit your library’s needs and its budget. Learn more about the products we carry and the services we offer. Find real success stories on our website, and contact us today for proven techniques to enhance the spaces you and your patrons rely on every day.