Southwest Solutions Group Awarded Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Inc. Archival/Research Compact Storage System Contract
FORT WORTH, TEXAS-- (Feb. 21, 2011)- Southwest Solutions Group announced today that it was awarded the contract by Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Inc.(BRIT) to install a new Spacesaver Compact High-Density Storage System into their Herbarium Collections and Research facility. Southwest Solutions Group worked with The Projects Group and Corgan Design to design and equip BRIT with a state-of-the-art compact high-density storage system for their collections of plant specimens and research library in Fort Worth, TX.
BRIT's new herbarium is a two-story, 20,000-square-foot climate-controlled building, with the remaining 5,000 square feet for research and BRIT's library. BRIT will seek the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System Platinum certification for its new facility.
The new Spacesaver Compact High-Density Storage System will save an estimated 6,100 square feet of floor space and $1.83 million dollars in construction costs1, contributing to LEED certification for sustainable design by reducing the size of the Developmental Footprint (Category 1 of LEED 3.0). The Spacesaver Compact Storage System will save an estimated $48,800 in annual energy costs2 to cool, heat, and maintain the building, contributing to Energy & Atmosphere to Optimize Energy Performance (Category 3 of LEED 3.0).
About Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Inc.(BRIT)
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Inc. (BRIT) has one of the largest herbarium collections in the United States. The research facility is the largest independent herbarium in the Southwest, and one of the world's best collections of Texas plant specimens. Its herbarium contains more than one million dried plant specimens representing most of the Earth's plant families. Its 100,000-volume library includes books, periodicals, and journals from more than 100 countries. BRIT will seek the LEED Green Building Rating System Platinum certification for its new facility, which would be the first at that level in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the second in the North Texas area, and the fifth in Texas.
1construction cost calculations are based on $300 per square foot for 6,100 square feet
2energy savings calculations are based on $8 per square foot for 6,100 square feet
About Southwest Solutions Group
Southwest Solutions Group represents one of America's largest innovative storage solutions companies serving museum and archival storage and research facilities throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and Mississippi. Southwest Solutions Group is a full service company providing design, equipment, and service of space saving museum compact cabinets and archival library shelving.
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