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Cold Storage for Museum Preservation

cold storage in museum compact shelving seattle spokane tacoma bellevue everett kent yakima renton olympiaEfficient cold storage is essential for long-term preservation of photographs, negatives, film, animal pelts, and other sensitive materials that deteriorate quickly in sub-optimal conditions. For this reason, many museums are installing freezers and coolers to create optimal storage conditions and ensure their collections last. However, freezer space is expensive to rent and keep cold, so space savings is a priority along with preservation. Read on to learn how high density shelving is designed for cold storage and freezer applications to save space for museums in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Everett, Yakima, Renton, Olympia, and throughout the state of Washington. Click here to learn more about how high density shelving works.

Compact Freezer Storage Systems

One museum that houses nature and science specimens recently built a cooler and freezer to house its image collection. Previously, the museum had stored their film, photographs, negatives, and other materials in various locations around the building. This made items difficult for staff to find and retrieve, so they wanted to consolidate the collection in a climate-controlled space to preserve and organize it.

photographs negatives film animal pelt storage seattle spokane tacoma bellevue everett kent yakima renton olympiaHigh density cold storage shelves were installed to protect the collection, save space, improve organization and efficiency, and comply with applicable building codes. The collections of photographs, film, negatives, animal pelts, and more are now stored in a compact cooler that's kept at 45°F and a freezer kept at -4°F.

The aisles compact together to eliminate wasted space while still allowing staff and researchers to access all materials in the collection. To access materials, the user simply turns an ergonomically-designed handle to open the desired aisle. When not in use, the aisles are rolled together to create 50% more usable floor space than with traditional shelving and racks. Click here to see another museum storage solution with high density shelves.

Contact Us for Museum Cold Storage

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for museum cold storage in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Everett, Yakima, Renton, and Olympia. We will also provide you with a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at (425) 354-3311 or send us a message today.

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