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A specialty chemical supplier acquired a new space in Houston, TX for their petroleum testing lab. Aside from a sink, there was nothing in the space. This gave the company an opportunity to design the lab exactly how they wanted it. But first they needed to decide what type of furniture to use – built-in millwork or modular casework?
Difference Between Built-In Millwork and Modular Casework
Built-in millwork is exactly what it sounds like: furniture that is constructed on-site and built into the space. Once the project is complete, there’s no more changing your mind or re-arranging anything without tearing the furniture down and throwing it away.
Modular casework, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. It’s built off-site at a manufacturing facility and arrives ready to be installed. The casework is just like built-in millwork, except for one major difference: it can be moved, relocated, rearranged and changed any time you want.
Southwest Solutions Group Designs and Installs the Modular Casework
After learning about their options, the chemical company chose modular casework for their petroleum testing lab. To design and install the casework, the company reached out to Southwest Solutions Group. Randy Brant, Southwest Solutions Group’s Vice President located in the Houston office, worked with the rest of the team to design the modular casework for the petroleum lab (see the plan drawing below).
The modular casework was specified as powder coated steel with marine edged epoxy resin tops, and includes
- sink-faucet/eye-wash shower
- fume hood
- upper and lower cabinets at specified heights
- work island with cabinets/drawers
- pop up power evenly spaced for equipment
- chemical cabinet
- custom mobile table to fit inside the fume hood
- flammable cabinet
Once the design was worked out, the modular casework was ordered and installed into the company’s lab.
After the project was complete, the chemical company stated, “We are very pleased with the modular casework in this new petroleum testing lab. In fact, we have a similar lab elsewhere, but we like the furniture and cabinets in this one much better.”
Since 2009, the majority of new buildings in New York City have been required to provide some kind of storage for bicycles. We offer a variety of bicycle storage solutions that are designed to efficiently store bikes in both commercial and residential buildings.
Wall-Mounted and Ceiling-Mounted Bike Storage
Our wall-mounted bike storage unit is designed to lift bikes up off the floor and store them up overhead. The unit is attached to the wall, above any shelving or items (this space is typically unused because it’s almost impossible to reach without a ladder). The bikes are hooked onto the unit and raised up overhead; then, the unit tilts down to deliver the bike for retrieval. It’s that simple. The wall mounted bike storage unit is great for office buildings and residential buildings that need to provide bicycle storage on a smaller scale.
For larger scale bicycle storage, there is a ceiling-mounted bike storage system. The concept is the same that bikes are secured onto a rail and then lifted up overhead. This system uses the typically neglected ceiling space as storage space. (Click here to read more about this innovative bicycle storage solution). Storing bikes with either the wall-mounted unit or ceiling-mounted system keeps them up and off the floor, maximizes your existing space, and keeps bikes safe from getting dinged or scratched.
Additional Bicycle Storage Solutions
Another option we have is bike storage racks. The bike storage racks are designed to store bicycles in less floor space while making sure they are easily accessible. This solution works for both commercial businesses and residential buildings. (Learn more about the bike storage racks here).
One more option we have for commercial office building is outdoor bicycle lockers. These lockers will protect bikes from the elements, vandalism and theft. They are made of stainless steel to ensure durability. (Find out more about outdoor bicycle lockers here).
Contact Us for More Bicycle Storage Solutions
If you have a building in New York City and need a solution for storing bicycles, we can help. Southwest Solutions Group has been providing businesses with innovative and unique storage systems since 1969. Give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message to speak with a representative today.
Hoteling is the Latest Trend Among Businesses
A 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
The 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.
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.
Solutions to Help Your Business Maximize Space to Save Money
New trends are emerging in the business world – smaller more open office spaces and more people working outside the office. Closed doors and high cubicles are becoming a thing of the past with open communal spaces moving to the forefront. Another piece of the puzzle is the move from paper to electronic documents allowing for more telework. Just see how the General Services Administration (GSA) headquarters were recently remodeled to get an idea of what the office of the future might look like. The remodel enabled the GSA to stop leasing extra building space and cut the average worker’s space in half, which has saved millions of dollars.
Saving space in the business world is not new. In fact, we have been saving businesses space since 1969. So how can your business maximize space to save money? Well you have come to the right place because we have the solution; in fact, we have quite a few solutions!
Let’s face it; paper takes up a lot of real estate in your office. Look around and see how much you have in piles of your desk and stored in shelving. I bet it’s a lot. I’m not suggesting you throw out all of your paper, but it might be time to convert some of those paper documents to digital documents. The digital documents can be used just like paper and they take up a lot less space. Watch this video to learn more about how you can get rid of the paper in your office. Also read this series of blogs that our resident digital document expert, Anna Stratton, wrote.
Condense Your Storage Shelving
Paper isn’t the problem for everyone; any kind of stuff that is stored on shelves or in cabinets can be taking up space in your office. But what is taking up the most space in your shelving? The access aisles. Did you know that the access aisles between each row of your shelves can claim as much as 50% of your office’s storage floor space? Now that you are aware of the problem, we have a solution to condense your shelving – High Density Mobile Storage. Read about the benefits of maximizing your space with High Density Mobile Storage.
Why use boring lateral cabinets that haven’t changed in decades when you can use Electric File Cabinets? The Electric File Cabinets use vertical space as storage space and have the added bonus of bringing stored items directly to you. With its more than 2,700 linear filing inches of letter-sized filing space, the Electric File Cabinets will store the equivalent of approximately 27 lateral cabinets in a fraction of the space. Did you know that Electric File Cabinets are also ADA compliant? Well they are, and you can read more about them here.
Learn More About What We Can Do To Help Your Business Maximize Space To Save Money
Things in the business world are always changing and evolving. How we work is almost as important as the work itself. Our solutions are here to help your business maximize space to save money and become even more efficient as these new trends manifest.
To learn more about what we can do to help, give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.
In Part One, we told you about how using an Oblique Shelf Organizer will help manage files on your desk. In Part Two, we explained how color coded file labels will create an organized filing system that will make retrieving and replacing files faster and increase filing accuracy.
A High Density Filing System for Efficient File Storage
Now, we are going to tell you how a high density filing system can be used for organizing the workplace for productivity. A high density filing system saves floor space, increases your storage capacity, centralizes your filing area, and stores more than just files to create an efficient file storage system for your office.
A High Density Filing System Saves Floor Space and Increases Storage Capacity
To begin organizing the workplace for productivity, you need something to store your files. And not just any something, you need equipment that will save space but be easy to for all employees to access. A high density filing system fits that bill. The high density system will allow you to save floor space because the system removes unnecessary access aisles. The high density filing system rolls together on floor tracks to compact. When you need to access files in the system, just push a button and an access aisle will be created for you. The high density system will save over 50% of your floor space, which means in the same area you can double your storage capacity.
Centralizing Files and Organizing the Workplace for Productivity
The space savings provided by the high density filing system will allow you to create one centralized area for filing, which will improve workplace productivity. The high density filing system will also easily house all of the color coded files you have with the added benefit of being able to see all of the files without having to open drawers. Also, you can store more than just files in a high density system. You can store active files in the middle of the system for quick ergonomic access, store archival record boxes at the top of the system, and store other office supplies at the bottom of the system. Now employees no longer waste time searching for files and supplies because everything is located in one central area. (view more high density filing system photos)
Implementing new filing equipment into your office can be a challenge, which is something you probably don’t want to deal with. Don’t worry the storage and filing professionals at Southwest Solutions Group® are here to help. They are experts in designing and planning high density filing systems since they have been at this for over 40 years! Just give them a call today at 1-800-803-1083 or send them an email to get in touch with the expert in your area.