2017-04-07T16:22:06-06:00

Prairie Art Gallery

As The Prairie Art Gallery planned for their new facility to be built, a main concern was the safe and protective storage of their collection of art and sculptures. In their old facility, they had been storing ar on a compact wire rack and track system suspended from the ceiling. The out dated storage had two major problems: The wire racking was causing vibration which exposed the art pieces to risk of damage, and the art hung straight down from the flexible wire panels allowing the art to swing uncontrollably and dangerously.

2017-04-07T16:22:06-06:00

City of Winnipeg Art Collection

The City of Winnipeg was converting a historical warehouse into a modern archive and art storage facility. The building required upgrades to comply with current archival standards in order to protect and preserve the priceless Hudson Bay collection of art. A major challenge was the threat of off gassing from the old wooden structure of the building. In addition, the collection had grown significantly and the facility was out of space with nowhere to expand.

2017-04-07T16:22:06-06:00

City of Medicine Hat

The City of Medicine Hat had three collections, Museum, Archives, and Art, that they needed to store in a single location. The facility that was allocated to this did not have the square feet to house the shelving required. There were no viable expansion options, and the collections continued to grow. The artefacts, antiques, and old documents, were valuable pieces of the city’s heritage and had to be stored as safely as possible.

2017-04-07T16:22:06-06:00

City of Edmonton Archives

A turn of the century armouries building was being converted into the new City of Edmonton Archives facility to house historical documents, and space was at a premium. The archives consisted of historically significant photos, posters, correspondence, scrapbook, maps and blueprints, and were extremely valuable to the city. An area of concern was the threat of flooding due to hydraulic flooring, and the devastating damage it could cause to the lower level collections. The threat of off-gassing from a non-archival grade building also posed significant risk.

2017-04-07T16:22:06-06:00

Museum of the Highwood

The Museum of the Highwood was running out of space for historically significant artifacts They had been renting an off site storage facility that was inhibiting workflow and costing them money that could have been put towards improving the exhibit. They already had some standard steel shelving from a previous solution, so they were looking for an economical, archival grade way to increase their capacity. It also had to be movable as a new building was planned to replace the current facility.

2019-07-28T23:16:28-06:00

École Racette

When École Racette in St. Paul was undergoing a renovation, they knew they had to maximize capacities for four storage rooms: Gym, Band, Textbook, and the Staff work room. They wanted to have everything organized to streamline workflow, control access, and safely store equipment. Ideally they would have some versatility so they could re-configure the systems as needed, while having a complete and finished look.

2019-07-28T23:16:34-06:00

Major General Griesbach

When the Major General Griesbach School was being built, they installed mill worked shelves for the new gymnasium storage. They thought it would provide sufficient space for their sports equipment but when it came time to use the storage, they found it simply wasn’t enough and they didn’t have clearance to fit their ball bins in underneath. Overall it fell short of their needs. They were already jammed for space, and they knew they had to address it to ensure safe, speedy and efficient access. They needed something compact and versatile.

2019-07-28T23:16:43-06:00

Art Storage VS Learning Space

An Alberta School was looking for ways to create a break-out space for student learning. Expansion of the facility was not an option, and the existing space was already at capacity. They were conflicted with the storage space they had- on one hand storing art supplies was important. On the other hand, they felt they had to prioritize learning space. There did not seem to be a solution.

2019-07-28T23:11:51-06:00

Gym Storage

A Southern Alberta high school was out of space for their sports equipment in the gymnasium. The overflow of equipment was posing a significant safety risk to staff and students, and the disorganization made access extremely inefficient, wasting valuable learning time. The storage room had nowhere to expand, and re-purposing another room was out of the question as space was at a premium already.

2019-07-28T23:12:03-06:00

School Shop Supplies

A High School was low on space and needed to store shop supplies in an accessible, limited footprint. The supplies were an important resource for the courses and had to be secured, and accessible on demand when classes required them. The ceiling in the storage space presented a challenge because there were low hanging bulk heads that had to be cleared by the mobile system.

2019-07-28T23:06:20-06:00

Okotoks Public Library

Okotoks Public Library had previously installed a mobile system to address their storage woes, but already the mobile system was maxed out. They had no additional space to assign storage to, unless they could add on to the system itself. As their collection grew, they required more shelf space in the public area of the library as well. Could they find an add on to the mobile that matched the current system? Could they afford to do everything at one time?

2019-07-28T23:06:06-06:00

Ambrose University College

The Ambrose University College had an extensive collection of learning materials: one hundred and sixty thousand volumes and counting. They had to share a fifteen thousand square foot space with over two-hundred study carrels and all related administrative offices. The volume of learning materials alone was too great to fit into the space with conventional shelving. Expansion of the building was far too costly, and moving the study areas and offices away from the library would cause even more challenges, costing more money and stifling workflow.

2019-07-28T23:06:13-06:00

Carleton University

A Southern Alberta high school was out of space for their sports equipment in the gymnasium. The overflow of equipment was posing a significant safety risk to staff and students, and the disorganization made access extremely inefficient, wasting valuable learning time. The storage room had nowhere to expand, and re-purposing another room was out of the question as space was at a premium already.

2019-07-28T23:06:51-06:00

University of Northern BC

The Geoffrey R. Weller Library on the beautiful UNBC campus was rapidly running out of space to store their journal collection. They were forced to think outside the box, as a costly expansion was not a viable solution, and off-site storage would limit access and hinder workflow. They had already invested in the static shelving that was in use, so spending additional money on replacement shelving would be costly and wasteful.

2019-07-28T23:03:27-06:00

The Source Skate & Snow

The Source Skate and Snowboards in Calgary was opening an exciting new flagship store on 11th Ave, a prime retail location in the heart of the city. A primary focus for this store was to have the biggest in-stock selection of the hottest shoes, snowboard boots, bindings, and helmets for their customers. Dave, the owner, knew he had to have as large a retail floor as possible, which meant the most efficient use of space in the stock rooms was of the utmost importance.

2019-07-28T23:03:45-06:00

New York Auction House

An auction house in New York dealing in high priced, specialized items was out of space. Their growth was stifled, and the lack of space created an increased risk of damage to extremely valuable inventory. Storing their items incorrectly could lead to scratched or destroyed merchandise- or worse: injury to employees. The auction house considered their options: moving to a larger warehouse in Manhattan where square footage comes at a debilitating price, or making a protracted change to a foreign and unproven workflow process, sacrificing efficiency and profitability.

2019-07-28T23:03:52-06:00

Retail Furniture Warehouse

In retail, the goal is to sell- and to sell you must have inventory. To accommodate the inventory they needed, a furniture retailer required the most efficient use of space. A large mezzanine in the warehouse was one option; however, elevators would be too costly for second floor access. Employees would have to climb stairs. The risk of damaged inventory or employee injury was not an option. The use of distribution centres was another idea, but it would be too costly. Customers want their products instantly- a competitive edge that other furniture retailers could provide.

2019-07-28T23:03:58-06:00

Retail Shoe Store

A shoe outlet needed more space for their inventory- but could not sacrifice an already limited retail floor. It was important to preserve the attractiveness of the store, and maximize product display. These criteria posed serious challenges to the small space- failing any one of these priorities would potentially damage sales and the business.

2019-07-28T23:04:11-06:00

Central Alberta Auto

A central Alberta auto dealership needed more space to devote to profitable areas of their business like service and shop bays; however expansion was a costly venture that would eat up inventory space that was already at capacity. The sheer volume of parts and inventory was tough to control and access, creating a concern for security, inventory damage, and employee safety.

2019-07-28T22:58:07-06:00

More Snow Tires, More Sales

Every winter, an automotive dealership faces the same problem. They have to stock enough winter tires for the first snowfall of the year, or they miss out on a very profitable season because they simply can’t meet demand. They had limited space, and expanding the storage area was far too costly. Storing off site didn’t provide the accessibility their customers wanted, and affected their installation workflow.

2019-07-28T22:55:52-06:00

Foothills Hospital

The Foothills Hospital, one of Calgary’s busiest hospitals, needed a way to maximize space and cleanliness in their Infection Prevention and Control unit. As this is a high traffic hospital and these areas are used regularly throughout the day making these spaces easy to clean was paramount. The shelving would hold various samples used in treating patients in the hospital; as such any risk of contamination needed to be eliminated to ensure the best treatment was being provided.

2019-07-28T22:56:05-06:00

Alberta South Health Campus

The Alberta South Health Campus is located in the brand new, under construction facility in South Calgary. It’s a leading edge facility with the latest technologies, including unique healing environments and progressive environmental design. Part of the environmental goals entail that the best use of storage space is imperative throughout the facility. Any space that can be saved during construction can significantly impact their budget, and long term cost of maintenance and utilities.

2019-07-28T22:56:38-06:00

Health Care Provider

When strict privacy laws came into effect, an Alberta health care facility was forced to evaluate their current Mizer compact filing system. The new legislation meant that all files had to be secured 24/7. Although the files were supervised as much as possible, they were accessible by both staff and patients; and the gaps in supervision created two major problems. Losing a file could seriously endanger patient health, or cause a leak of private information. Either of these problems could also create devastating legal troubles for the facility. Increasing supervision for the area would require additional staff, increasing operational costs.

2019-07-28T22:56:46-06:00

Pharmaceutical Storage Solutions

With steady advancements in medical research, new, more specific prescription drugs are developing faster than ever before. Although the variety and volume of drugs has increased, many pharmacies have not expanded to keep up with the demand- in fact, many have contracted as other departments become prioritized. As space becomes limited, compromises must be made. The importance of keeping pharmacies organized cannot be understated- ensuring the correct prescriptions are filled can be a matter of life and death.

2019-07-28T22:52:07-06:00

Imaginea Energy

Imaginea Energy is acutely focused on sustainability as a core value of their business. Part of that focus is working within as small a space as possible, reducing the use of utilities, and reducing their environmental impact. Their storage requirements were growing as their company grew, so they needed a space-efficient storage system that would match their décor, and be consistent with their eco-friendly business philosophy.

2019-07-28T22:52:23-06:00

Global Training Expansion

Global Training had experienced growth at their facility near Strathmore east of Calgary, as their safety training reputation gained recognition in the Oil and Gas industry. Their new facility is outfitted with beautiful designs, creating a welcoming work environment that communicates the core values of the company. They needed a storage system for their active, and archived files, and they needed the active files stored in the least amount of finished space as possible. The archived files would be stored in boxes in their warehouse facility, so the shelving had to be economical and strong.

2019-07-28T22:52:45-06:00

Cardinal Energy LTD

When Cardinal Energy LTD began to grow and amalgamate with other energy companies, their file storage needs changed dramatically. They now had to find a way to stay organized with various filing systems and a higher volume of records than before. They had already maxed the space they had with static shelving, and were looking for a creative solution to add storage to the space without expanding the footprint.

2019-07-28T22:53:01-06:00

City of Calgary Security

The City of Calgary Corporate Security is part of the Law Department of the municipality. Sensitive information must be kept strictly confidential, but the space they had dedicated to filing was running out as the department and operations grew. A mobile file storage system was considered, but the sensitive documents inside demanded the system would meet Federal Security & Fire Protection Design requirements? Could access be restricted while still allowing water to flow in to meet code? Was mobilizing the files even possible?

2019-07-28T22:52:53-06:00

Calgary Drilling Company

A local drilling company had moved into the beautiful new skyscraper at Eighth Avenue Place. With downtown Calgary real estate coming at a premium, they had to maximize the space they had for profit producing people, while still keeping important records accessible. The space they reserved for records and storage was too small to hold their files. The challenge was in deciding where the compromise should be made: Should they have fewer offices? How about paying for off-site storage and consequently interrupting workflow? What about the sensitive information that had to be accessed frequently, such as HR files?

2019-07-28T22:53:08-06:00

Architectural Dilemma

Marshall Tittermore Architects were running out of space to securely store their sprawling Boxed Files and Rolled Plans which they were required to retain. The options they considered were to store their files off site, expand, or renovate the storage area. The files had to be accessible; off-site storage would not accommodate this, and would be too costly to be viable. Protection and preservation were of the files was of the utmost importance.

2019-07-28T22:53:15-06:00

Energy Company

A local energy company had changed locations frequently and relied on a short term “band-aid” way out for their filing: a box based system that they could move when necessary. Upon settling into a permanent location, the box system became increasingly cumbersome to access for staff, wasting employee time and ultimately company money. Employees were using step ladders on uneven floors and ramps to access heavy boxes on the top shelves, compromising their safety and creating significant liability for the company.

2019-07-28T22:53:29-06:00

F12 Networks: Piled High

A local drilling company had moved into the beautiful new skyscraper at Eighth Avenue Place. With downtown Calgary real estate coming at a premium, they had to maximize the space they had for profit producing people, while still keeping important records accessible. The space they reserved for records and storage was too small to hold their files. The challenge was in deciding where the compromise should be made: Should they have fewer offices? How about paying for off-site storage and consequently interrupting workflow? What about the sensitive information that had to be accessed frequently, such as HR files?

2019-07-28T22:53:43-06:00

Law Library

A prestigious Vancouver law firm asked their interior design team for a corporate library that would leave a strong, lasting impression with clients. They needed it to fit into half the space of their current library, while maintaining the capacity. The library had to reflect Quality, Strength, Order and Efficiency– values the firm took pride in.

2019-07-28T22:53:36-06:00

Storage for Law Office

A national law firm was planning a major move, and required filing cabinets for their records. They contacted us to place a simple order of traditional cabinets, which was a viable solution for them in the short term. When a McLennan & Company consultant began looking at their long term needs, they realised the space these cabinets would occupy was very wasteful, and left almost no room for future growth.

2019-07-28T22:53:58-06:00

Oil Well Files

An exploration company needed an efficient storage and access solution for their well files. The financial resources used to find and drill for oil demands that the information retrieved is kept in easily, and instantly accessible files. When the number of files begins to build up, the options for how to store them becomes limited. Storing files off-site means extra storage costs, and delayed access, causing lapses in diligence by staff. Storing them on-site required expansion of the filing area, meaning down-sized employee workspaces, or a costly expansion of the building. Even if the files were stored on site, how could they manage such a large and growing quantity? What if a file was misplaced, how could they find it? How much time would employees waste looking for it?