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.

Garment rods

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.

Front lips

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.

Pull-out drawers

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.

Founded in 1924, Montel is a company specialized in the design and manufacture of high-density mobile storage systems for a multitude of markets, including libraries, museums, industrial warehousing, education, healthcare, public safety, military, sports and indoor vertical farming.

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