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How Storage Affects Commercial Green Building Design & Construction

commercial green building design and constructionAt its core, green building design and construction is about reducing environmental impact and increasing sustainability. Usually the focus is on the big things: building materials, amounts of daylight, air quality, water efficiency, etc. However, there’s one major feature of a commercial building you might not have given much thought to, but it will greatly affect sustainability – storage.

You might be wondering how storage – something that’s usually an afterthought – can make such a big difference in designing and constructing green commercial buildings. Well that’s what we are here to tell you…and surprisingly it all starts with houses.

What Do Trends in House Sizes Have to Do with Commercial Buildings?

According to the National Association of Home Builders, in 1950 the average single family home was around 1,000 sq. ft. The current Census Bureau for 2013 has the average single family home sitting at about 2,600 sq. ft.

Why do we need so much more space? It’s not because we are having more children; in fact, we’re having less. What’s changed over the years is consumer spending.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publication 100 Years of U.S. Consumer Spending (a very long, but extremely interesting read) shows how over the years our spending habits have changed from strict necessities to other items. And at the very end the authors make this statement in their discussion:

In the 21st century, households throughout the country have purchased computers, televisions, iPods, DVD players, vacation homes, boats, planes, and recreational vehicles. They have sent their children to summer camps; contributed to retirement and pension funds; attended theatrical and musical performances and sporting events; joined health, country, and yacht clubs; and taken domestic and foreign vacation excursions.

So again…why do we need so much more space in our houses? Because we have so much more stuff to store!

Examples of Changes in the Workplace that Have Affected Storage

But of course you’re wondering, how does this relate to commercial buildings? Well, businesses have mirrored the same trends: changes in the workplace and how we work have affected the amount of items that need to be stored.

Here are some examples:

Since the advent of the copy machine and the printer, corporate offices are required to store all kinds of records and documents that didn’t exist before.

Police departments store property and evidence for years. And with new developments in forensic technology, there’s more evidence than ever.

Hospitals are able to diagnose and treat illnesses better than ever, but that requires more tissue and blood samples in addition to the ever growing medical supplies that need to be kept on hand.

Distribution facilities are bigger than ever with the rise of e-commerce and internet shopping. Keeping a massive amount of items stocked for quick shipping is not optional in today’s fast paced environment.

The Storage System that Will Keep Your Building Greenthree principles of sustainability for storage systems and building design

With all this stuff to store, it’s tempting to do the same thing to commercial buildings that we’ve done to houses – increase the size. But that goes against the very definition of green building design and construction mentioned earlier: reducing environmental impact and increasing sustainability. So how can you store all of this stuff while trying to remain green and not increase the size of the building?

The answer is simple. You do it with the right storage system. And one of the best is a Kardex automated storage and retrieval system. These systems focus on three principles of sustainability known as the triple bottom line: planet, people and profitability.

Planet/Environmental Stewardship

A big part of environmental stewardship means protecting the air, water and land while conserving resources, including fossil fuels. One way to accomplish this task is to construct smaller buildings, which you can do with the help of a Kardex automated storage and retrieval system.

Using a Kardex system, you can save up to 85% of the storage space that you would typically use with file cabinets, drawer systems, static shelving, or pallet racking. And overall, you can reduce the total building construction footprint by up to 15%.

People/Social Responsibility

Improving the quality of life and equity for individuals, communities and society as a whole sounds like a lot to ask from a storage system, but that’s exactly what the Kardex automated storage and retrieval systems do. And it starts with the “goods to person principle”.

The goods to person principle means that items (goods) are delivered to the operator (person) rather than the operator retrieving the items. What is unique to the Kardex systems is that the counter where the items are delivered can be adjusted. This means each employee can work in an ergonomically correct or ADA accessible position and still have 100% access to any stored item.

Profit/Economic Prosperity

For any organization remaining prosperous is vitally important. Reducing costs, adding value and creating economic opportunity ensures people stay in business. But can a storage system really help? The answer is yes.

With a Kardex system, operator productivity increases up to 66%. Optimizing the amount of labor required to perform certain tasks helps to reduce the building’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.

A Kardex System for Every Application to Keep Buildings Sustainable

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There are many different types of Kardex automated storage and retrieval systems including horizontal carousels, vertical carousels, and vertical lift modules. Depending on what’s being stored, adding one of these systems to your building will help to reduce your environmental impact and increase sustainability. And that’s what green building design and construction is all about.



Computerized Day Lockers Designed for Hoteling

Hoteling is the Latest Trend Among Businesses

Easily Access Computerized Day Lockers on Multiple FloorsA big trend popping up lately is hoteling, and it is being used by all types of businesses including real estate agencies, consulting firms, law firms, manufacturers’ representatives, telecommuters, and flex-time workers. Hoteling is where employees, especially traveling employees, don’t have a permanent office space, so they reserve a space as they need it. The employee might only be on-site for one or two days to complete their work; then they move on to the next location.

But the problem these companies and employees are facing is what does everyone do with their stuff while they are on-site? An employee might have a change of clothes, tablet, laptop computer, various chargers, important papers, etc. That’s where we can help. We provide businesses with Computerized Day Lockers that are designed specifically for hoteling.

Computerized Day Lockers Designed Specifically for Your Office

Computerized Day Lockers for Hoteling are Available in a Variety of SizesThe Computerized Day Lockers are more than just a place to keep stuff; they are high quality, aesthetically pleasing product that will enhance the look of your office while providing your employees with the peace of mind to know their valuables are safe and secure. The Smart Day Lockers can be designed to meet your exact specifications. In addition, the lockers come in multiple different finishes including wood, laminate, and wood veneer that can be customized to your liking.

Numerous Types of Locks AvailableKeypad Locks Make Hoteling Simple and Easy for Businesses

The best feature of the Computerized Day Lockers is the numerous types of locks available. This is what makes our lockers truly unique. You can choose from proximity locks that open and close with an RFID card, bracelet or key; keypad locks that 4-digit code to lock and unlock the locker; or coin operated locks that use a coin as the trigger to open and close the locker. (Learn more about the different locks)

Contact Us for Computerized Day Lockers with Keyless Locks

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for Computerized Day Lockers. We will help you every step of the way; planning the type locker you want; helping you choose the right keyless lock; and installing the finished product. Give us a call today at 1-800-803-1083 to speak with a representative.


Architectural Drawing Storage | Flat File Cabinets | Rolled Blueprint Shelves

Architectural Drawing Storage Solutions from StoreMoreStoreHeavy Duty Metal Flat File Cabinets Storing Drawings

Our partner, StoreMoreStore, has numerous architectural drawing storage solutions that you can purchase directly from them! Whether you want to preserve a drawing and store it flat or maximize space and store blueprints rolled up, there is something for everyone. All of StoreMoreStore’s architectural drawing storage solutions are both convenient and efficient while remaining very budget friendly. In fact, you can browse through their collection of architectural drawing storage solutions here online!

Flat File Cabinets for Large and Small Architectural Drawings

Architectural Drawing Storage Flat File Cabinets Made of WoodThere are many benefits to keeping your architectural drawings in flat file cabinets: drawings stay flat and won’t wrinkle or bend; the cabinets can be locked to secure access to confidential materials; and drawings are protected from dust and anything else that might damage them.

Depending on the look you want in your office, there are both metal and wood flat file cabinets to choose from. The metal cabinets are heavy duty and extremely durable so that you know all your important materials are protected. The wood cabinets offer an elegant finish that is sure to stand out and match any décor. Also, storage capacity is not an issue for the flat file cabinets. Whatever drawer option you pick, you will have plenty of room to store all your architectural drawings. With numerous flat file cabinets to choose from, there is something for every type of storage need.

Keep Architectural Drawings Organized in Less Space with Rolled Blueprint ShelvesRolled Blueprint Shelves Save Space Storing Architectural Drawings

Rolled blueprint shelves have multiple adjustable partitioned storage openings where drawings can be categorized and stored safely, so they won’t get crushed or damaged.  It will also maximize the number of drawings you can store in a designated area. The rolled blueprint shelves saves space because everything is organized and stored on vertical shelf levels instead of stacked flat. The shelves not only increase your storage capacity, but they will protect drawings from water, dirt, and rodents that can damaged your important papers.

Contact StoreMoreStore for These and More Architectural Drawing Storage Solutions

Those are just a couple of the architectural drawing storage solutions you can find online at StoreMoreStore. Check out the rest of their selection here. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, need assistance or have any questions, please give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message!


Reduce Healthcare Associated Infections with Anti-Microbial Copper

Healthcare Associated Infections: The Silent Killerhelp reduce Healthcare Associated Infections with anti-microbial copper on hospital bed touch surfaces

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are very scary to think about. According to this infographic, if you are admitted to a hospital you have a 5% chance of contracting a HAI. While that might not seem like a very high percentage, nationwide 1.7 to 2 million people a year develop a HAI and nearly 99,000 of these people will die as a result of their infection. That is more people dying from HAIs than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Yet the problem is that no one is talking about this silent killer. Which is a shame because evidence suggests that the majority of HAIs are preventable.

A large percentage of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Proper sanitation of touch surfaces and adhering to stringent hand washing rules is one of the most beneficial things a healthcare facility can do to prevent Healthcare Associated Infections. But there is more that can be done.

Anti-Microbial Copper Surfaces will Help Reduce HAIs

casework and cart work areas with anti-microbial copper

Introducing Anti-Microbial Copper surfaces to your healthcare facility will also help in the fight against HAIs. The Anti-Microbial Copper surfaces actually kill 99.9% of bacteria that cause Healthcare Associated Infections within two hours of exposure. Consider Anti-Microbial Copper surfaces a back-up to protect patients in case the first line of defense – proper sanitation and hand washing – fails. It’s like locking your doors at night and also having an alarm system. You hope that the locked doors will keep you safe, but just in case you have the alarm system that will notify the authorities in case someone gets through the lock and into your house.

We Provide Anti-Microbial Copper Surfaces to Healthcare Facilitiesprevent Healthcare Associated Infections by using antimicrobial-copper on iv poles, carts, and stands

This is why we offer optional Anti-microbial Copper surfaces on all of our modular casework, laboratory furniture, and office furniture. This includes table tops, counter tops, desk work surfaces, pull handles, knobs, and more. Our Anti-microbial surfaces can be designed in any size and can be fitted onto new or existing casework and furniture. Contact us today at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to learn more about our Anti-microbial surfaces.


Storage Shelves That Move | Moving Shelving Systems Save Floor Space

Moving Shelving Systems Save Floor SpaceStorage Shelves that Move and Moving Shelving Systems Save Floor Space

Are you wondering where all the floor space went in your office? Well, it has been stolen by all the file cabinets and static shelving! They are the culprits that are keeping you from saving floor space, increasing your storage capacity, and adding new work stations. Don’t worry; you can take back your floor space with Storage Shelves that Move!  These moving shelving systems will rescue your floor space and provide you with all the benefits that come with having more space.

How Do Moving Shelving Systems Work to Save Floor Space?Storage Shelves that Move and Condense on Floor Tracks

If you are wondering how moving shelving systems work, it’s fairly easy but highly effective in saving floor space. Shelving is placed on moving carriages with wheels that are attached to floor tracks. The shelving moves along the floor tracks to condense, which removes all but one or two access aisles. Because all of the shelving moves on tracks, you can open an access aisles wherever you want with just the push of a button! With Storage Shelves that Move, you will be able to save over 50% of your office floor space. (View More Photos of Moving Shelving Systems)

The Benefits of Storage Shelves that Move

Storage Shelves that Move Give You More SpaceHere are just some of the benefits of saving floor space with Storage Shelves that Move,

• Double storage capacity in the same area

• Create extra space for additional work stations

• Lease less office space and lower building operating costs

• Centralize your storage and filing area

• Receive a quick return on your investment

• Reduce new construction costs

Designing and Installing Storage Shelves that Move and Moving Shelving Systems

Our expert team will work with you throughout the process of designing and installing Storage Shelves that Move in your office. Just give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us an email and we will put you in touch with your local office representative for a free space analysis.

Save Floor Space with Moving Shelving Systems

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