Sporting equipment storage at a college or university almost always means performing the seemingly impossible: finding the most efficient storage that equally addresses many different sports and activities. But as the University of Wisconsin recently learned, Montel never backs down from a challenge, especially when it comes to optimizing storage space with cutting-edge mechanical-assist mobile shelving installations.
“I would like to sincerely thank Montel for their great customer service and storage shelving,” said Terry Schlatter, director of equipment for UW. “Montel allowed us to custom design and maximize the square footage the University of Wisconsin Athletics allocated for the Equipment Department. Thus, we can better service our student athletes and staff.”
So, how does customizable mobile shelving solutions score major points for university sports equipment storage? By combining different space-saving features into one tough-to-beat storage installation. Let’s look a just a few of the customizable features the University of Wisconsin Badgers chose for its state-of-the-art mobile shelving system.
Adjustable SmartShelf shelving
A single unused inch in a storage installation might not detract much from the value of the system as a whole, but with static, prefabricated shelving, those unused inches add up quickly. These kinds of storage can’t accommodate the diverse needs of their users, nor can they change with the times.
Montel outfitted UW’s equipment storage with adjustable SmartShelf shelving, capable of condensing or expanding in 1-inch increments without any tools whatsoever. University equipment storage can now adapt as needed to retain the most space possible no matter what’s stored on its SmartShelves.
Bin dividers for helmets
Helmets are bulky for a reason – they protect college football players’ brains on the field so student athletes can continue soaking up information in the classroom. As great as they are to the health and safety of team members, their shape makes them difficult to store efficiently. With adjustable bin dividers, equipment managers can apportion the exact amount of room necessary for each player’s helmet.
Whether playing at home or on the road, Wisconsin players have to look their sharpest. Proper jersey storage not only keep sports teams looking fresh, but it also helps schools save money by preserving uniforms. That’s why when UW sought a better way to manage its sports jerseys, Montel included garment racks. These storage features can be adjusted according to the size of the clothing stored, preventing wear and tear.
Lockable hinged double doors
Thanks to its collapsible design, mobile shelving installations already outpace standard storage in terms of security. For added protection, UW added lockable double doors to a few of the modules in its mobile shelving system. This feature is particularly useful for safely storing expensive items like cleats.
Balls were designed to roll, but when stored, they’ve got to stay put. Storage problems like this can lead to slip-and-fall accidents and damage valuable equipment. Montel incorporated front lips on UW’s mobile shelving installations to stop balls and other shelved sports equipment from getting jostled around. With front lips, everything stored in the bins stays put until game day.
Open shelving might not be conducive to storing a lot of bulky fabrics like towels. UW customized its mobile shelving system with pull-out drawers to keep its towels out of sight and out of mind.
Football, basketball, hockey or soccer – it doesn’t matter what sport the University of Wisconsin Badgers are getting into. Customizable mobile shelving gave their equipment storage a serious upgrade and will continue serving UW teams for many seasons to come.
The legal cannabis industry has taken root across the U.S. as this once black-market drug has gained national recognition for its medicinal and recreational uses.
Business has been booming for The Grove, a medical marijuana dispensary just outside the Las Vegas strip. While many of its successes can be attributed to its attention to growing plants naturally and sustainably, The Grove sought to enhance its use of space to deliver even greater efficiency.
Montel stepped in to help The Grove managers designed the ideal grow operation based on their industry’s unique needs. After everything was said and done, Montel installed 29 42-foot long carriages spread across four rooms, increasing The Grove’s storage capacity to over 6,380 square feet with Montel’s powered mobile racking.
That’s a lot of extra space, but those outside the know might not understand what spatial economy means to cannabis growers. Let’s get an inside look at this “budding” industry and what maximizing cannabis storage truly means to grow ops in Nevada and beyond.
Always room to grow
Although it might not be as apparent in Nevada, the space requirements for growers and dispensaries can be crippling to business.
“With powered mobile racking, The Grove effectively doubled its on-site yield.”
– Kevin Biernacki, Master Grower for The Grove
Take Colorado, for example. By the end of summer 2015, less than three years after the state legalized recreational cannabis use, warehouse space in the region had almost completely dried up, according to The Wall Street Journal. What little rental and ownership opportunities were available to interested parties increased rapidly in costs per square foot, driven almost entirely by the incredible demand from marijuana producers.
For its 16,000-square-foot cannabis storage facility, The Grove chose powered mobile racking installations to optimize space in its three flower rooms (1,392 plants each) and vegetation room (4,176 total), with plans to expand operations by another three flower rooms. By installing powered mobile racking throughout its facility, The Grove reached a capacity of more than 12,500 plants!
Let a little light in
Energy costs are another thorn in the sides of legal cannabis growers everywhere. A 2012 study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimated legal indoor marijuana operations are responsible for 1 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, about $6 billion worth of power annually.
Stopping this problem from overtaking revenue and hurting the environment, many grow ops like The Grove have made modifications to their facilities to detract from the problem, like utilizing 480 LED lights, as well as cycling between light and darkness to replicate natural conditions.
The Grove and other growers also develop and implement plans for reducing their energy intensity, or the amount of energy used per square foot. Mobile racking modules do just that – collapsible installations ensure no energy goes to waste lighting empty space.
All the bells and whistles
The Grove’s powered mobile racking installations carry more than plants, but also water reservoirs, fuse boxes, fans, hoses and other equipment.
Traditionally, prefabricated shelving might not have withstood the weight of all these different components. However, Montel’s mobile racking systems provide literal tons of holding power, and its highly customizable frame makes it simple for owners to organize their grow rooms as they please.
The future of legalization across North America
U.S. markets aren’t the only ones racing to capitalize on the “green rush” – Canada’s health minister Jane Philpott recently announced the federal government will officially legalize marijuana in spring 2017.
Canadian dispensaries and grow operations planning ahead ought to take note of the lessons learned by American businesses like The Grove. Powered mobile racking for cannabis storage removes spatial and energy impediments from the picture so entrepreneurs can reinvest revenue into their continued success rather than seeing their profits “go to pot.”
Montel would like to thank Shelf Image, the local Authorized Montel Distributor, for doing an outstanding job managing the project and performing the installation.
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