University Archival Storage Consolidated at Collections Center
19 Jun 2017
For over 20 years the Western Michigan University (WMU) archive collection was being housed in three different buildings around campus including an old gymnasium space previously used as a swimming pool. Multiple locations made it difficult for students, faculty and researchers to access as well as the buildings that were storing the historical documents did not have temperature and humidity control.
Archival Storage was installed at the new Zhang Legacy Collections Center which can now hold approximately 15 linear miles of storage. The installation of XTend Mobile High-Bay Shelving within the new center has allowed the university to keep materials in an ideal environment which is more efficient for the faculty, students, and researchers.
“In the end there was a real cost savings to getting the entire collection under one roof and having them in a purpose-built building.”
The new Legacy Collections’ environmental conditions, designed to LEED® Silver specifications, is unparalleled to any other archival records facility. WMU now has 28,000 cubic feet of documents, photographs, government records, letters and diaries, as well as 100,000 volumes worth of books, serials and bound volumes stored within the monitored temperature, relative humidity, air quality and light controlled conditions. The building and it’s staff can now preserve these documents and keep them from being destroyed.
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