Montel answers prayers for better storage at the Centre D’Archives Mgr-Antoine-Racine [Video]

Let's look at how Montel constructed a powered mobile shelving installation to meet the specific needs of a religious center and museum.
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At the Centre D’Archives Mgr-Antoine-Racine in Sherbrooke, Quebec, history and heritage converge. Catholics come from all across Canada to learn more about their faith, the institution of Catholicism and Monsignor Antoine Racine, the first bishop of the diocese in Sherbrooke and an influential force in the French colonization of Canada during the 19th century.

Open to the public, the archive at the Centre D’Archives Mgr-Antoine-Racine contains priceless artifacts, boxes of fragile records, paintings, books, clothing and more, as well as audio-visual equipment and contemporary media. Collection managers called on Montel to bestow them with a SafeAisle powered mobile shelving system versatile enough for their diverse storage requirements and flexible enough to blend with the sublime beauty of the institution.

Although any organization that replaces static storage units with mobile shelving enjoys half the storage footprint at twice the capacity, let’s look at how Montel constructed a powered mobile shelving installation to meet the specific needs of a religious center and museum:

Designed for silent sanctuaries

Tranquility is essential for research as well as reverence. Montel encases the motorized components of its powered mobile shelving to soften and virtually eliminate sounds made from its movement. Units slide apart quietly and slow to a resting position so as not to disturb those around the storage area.

Heavenly light at hand

Repositories in religious centers may not have the best lighting. The same is true for any other organization housed in an older facility. Powered mobile shelving from Montel includes LED-backed touch panels that perform well in dark environments. Prompts are clearly visible from the controls located on the end panels of every aisle. Even from a distance, users have a clear understanding of the status of the system, whether it’s in motion or standing still.

Guardian angels in every aisle

One-of-a-kind relics and irreplaceable records demand smart mobile shelving that protects them and the people who seek them. Aisle LED Guard technology holds aisles open while the space between units is occupied. Users cannot override the setting, so as long as there is an artifact, a container or a patron in an aisle, the units are locked firmly in place. This prevents injuries and preserves works of art and history for the next generation.

Ascetic aesthetics

The Centre D’Archives Mgr-Antoine-Racine is located in the basement of the Saint Michel Cathedral in Sherbrooke, a minor basilica in the Roman Catholic tradition. Shelving and other storage equipment must not clash with the understated beauty of the property, which is why archive managers chose muted colors for their custom installation.

Teaching people to fish (for history)

Above all else, powered mobile storage needed to be accessible for archive managers as well as visitors seeking answers. Users browsing the stacks or perusing the art will find drawers, racks and other hardware lightweight and easy to control.

Relics on racks

Montel included two art racks on either side of the installation perpendicular to the rails of the mobile shelving, a design unique to this particular installation and one unseen elsewhere in the industry.

Other features include the following:

  • Bin dividers for storing artwork.
  • Locking hinged doors for protecting priceless artifacts.
  • Horizontal rolled storage for preserving maps, charts, etc.

Montel believes mobile shelving makes excellent sense for any organization or business in search of smarter storage. Visit our blog to see our other success stories – like this one from the Boris Lurie Art Foundation in New York City – or reach out to an Authorized Montel Distributor today for more information.