Custom Cabinets Created for Meteorite Collection
16 Jan 2018
The Arizona State University Center for Meteorite Studies is home to the world’s largest university-based meteorite collection. It houses more than 10,000 individual specimens, and the collection is actively used for geological, planetary, and space science research at ASU and throughout the world.
The Center’s move to a new building in 2012 created an unprecedented opportunity to expand and upgrade the collection’s storage solutions. The Viking Metal Cabinet Company, which was acquired by Spacesaver in 2016, created a number of custom cabinets for the project.
In order to create a space that would not only store the collection but also display it, the Center requested 12-sided counter-height cabinets in which alternating sections were configured with either storage drawers or glass shelving and built-in LED lighting to fully showcase the contents. Full-extension shelving sustains hundreds of pounds while being adjustable and easy to use. Doors are fully removable with piano hinges and the doors and handles are flush-mounted to create a sleek appearance.
Viking’s custom solution created what a university official called an “immersive experience” in which staff, researchers, and visitors are totally surrounded by extra-terrestrial material upon entering the collections area.
This is just one example of how Viking by Spacesaver can work with clients to create custom solutions to store, protect, and display collections. Click Here to learn more about this installation on Spacesaver’s website!