Dateline: Raleigh, North Carolina.
Here is another project for the One Size Does NOT Fit All category.
The Wake County (NC) Register of Deeds office is all set to relocate to the Wake County Justice Center in Downtown Raleigh. We provided High Density Mobile Shelving to help them organize and store deed books dating back nearly 100 years. Sure we’ve stored deed books before, but that’s just the beginning of the story. A thorough survey of both the materials to be stored, and the new location that they were to be stored was a key factor for this installation. We examined all of the typical features, but we also had some atypical factors to consider. And then we had some downright odd variables with which to contend. Here are some examples:
Normal Survey Question – size and quantity of inventory
Special Survey Question – stackable elements
Really Special Survey Question – exposed pipes suspended at various degrees
Let’s address stackable elements. I always stress the importance of an extensive survey to guarantee that enough space has been allotted to store all items. But I rarely discuss retrieval of items. This component of a storage room is often neglected. Hence forth, I think we should call storage rooms retrieval rooms. When shopping, have you ever needed a pair of jeans that was on the bottom of a stack of 20? The most widely known stackable element is record storage boxes. 2-high is recommended. If the items are rarely retrieved, then we may suggest 3. If the retrieval activity is high, then we may only allow 1 box per shelf. Wake County stacked some deed books, but many books were designated their own shelves. You thought stacking jeans was inconvenient?
Now let’s explore an oddity for surveys. Ceiling heights are usually consistent: 8’, 9’, 10’. No problem. But basement level ceilings can sometimes seem organic, like the waves of an ocean. We consider all high and low points, and mirror the shelving accordingly to take advantage of the space we have.
Planning space is not always black and white. Sometimes (like in this case) there are unusual variables to consider. In those cases, careful analysis is warranted. And if you have an organic ceiling or columns, please use a high density expert to help you plan the space.