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All Case Studies 2017-04-07T16:22:06+00:00
2017-04-07T16:22:06+00:00

Prairie Art Gallery

As The Prairie Art Gallery planned for their new facility to be built, a main concern was the safe and protective storage of their collection of art and sculptures. In their old facility, they had been storing ar on a compact wire rack and track system suspended from the ceiling. The out dated storage had two major problems: The wire racking was causing vibration which exposed the art pieces to risk of damage, and the art hung straight down from the flexible wire panels allowing the art to swing uncontrollably and dangerously.

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City of Winnipeg Art Collection

The City of Winnipeg was converting a historical warehouse into a modern archive and art storage facility. The building required upgrades to comply with current archival standards in order to protect and preserve the priceless Hudson Bay collection of art. A major challenge was the threat of off gassing from the old wooden structure of the building. In addition, the collection had grown significantly and the facility was out of space with nowhere to expand.

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City of Medicine Hat

The City of Medicine Hat had three collections, Museum, Archives, and Art, that they needed to store in a single location. The facility that was allocated to this did not have the square feet to house the shelving required. There were no viable expansion options, and the collections continued to grow. The artefacts, antiques, and old documents, were valuable pieces of the city’s heritage and had to be stored as safely as possible.

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City of Edmonton Archives

A turn of the century armouries building was being converted into the new City of Edmonton Archives facility to house historical documents, and space was at a premium. The archives consisted of historically significant photos, posters, correspondence, scrapbook, maps and blueprints, and were extremely valuable to the city. An area of concern was the threat of flooding due to hydraulic flooring, and the devastating damage it could cause to the lower level collections. The threat of off-gassing from a non-archival grade building also posed significant risk.

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Museum of the Highwood

The Museum of the Highwood was running out of space for historically significant artifacts They had been renting an off site storage facility that was inhibiting workflow and costing them money that could have been put towards improving the exhibit. They already had some standard steel shelving from a previous solution, so they were looking for an economical, archival grade way to increase their capacity. It also had to be movable as a new building was planned to replace the current facility.

2017-04-10T13:23:28+00:00

Lloydminster Public Library

Most of us have heard the expression “Change is inevitable, progress is optional”. Ron Gillies, Head Librarian at the Lloydminster Public Library, needed a progressive solution for his problem. The library was no longer just a collection of books and a place to study; it had become a community learning centre for multicultural connections, collaboration, digital enlightenment, creation, imagination and discovery. A place for exchanging ideas and information, not just finding them. To embrace all these aspirations, he needed more space – but on a very tight budget expansion was not an option.

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École Racette

When École Racette in St. Paul was undergoing a renovation, they knew they had to maximize capacities for four storage rooms: Gym, Band, Textbook, and the Staff work room. They wanted to have everything organized to streamline workflow, control access, and safely store equipment. Ideally they would have some versatility so they could re-configure the systems as needed, while having a complete and finished look.

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Major General Griesbach

When the Major General Griesbach School was being built, they installed mill worked shelves for the new gymnasium storage. They thought it would provide sufficient space for their sports equipment but when it came time to use the storage, they found it simply wasn’t enough and they didn’t have clearance to fit their ball bins in underneath. Overall it fell short of their needs. They were already jammed for space, and they knew they had to address it to ensure safe, speedy and efficient access. They needed something compact and versatile.

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Art Storage VS Learning Space

An Alberta School was looking for ways to create a break-out space for student learning. Expansion of the facility was not an option, and the existing space was already at capacity. They were conflicted with the storage space they had- on one hand storing art supplies was important. On the other hand, they felt they had to prioritize learning space. There did not seem to be a solution.

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Gym Storage

A Southern Alberta high school was out of space for their sports equipment in the gymnasium. The overflow of equipment was posing a significant safety risk to staff and students, and the disorganization made access extremely inefficient, wasting valuable learning time. The storage room had nowhere to expand, and re-purposing another room was out of the question as space was at a premium already.

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School Shop Supplies

A High School was low on space and needed to store shop supplies in an accessible, limited footprint. The supplies were an important resource for the courses and had to be secured, and accessible on demand when classes required them. The ceiling in the storage space presented a challenge because there were low hanging bulk heads that had to be cleared by the mobile system.

2018-01-25T15:18:24+00:00

Canmore Public Library

Canmore Public Library was outgrowing its building in the base of the Rocky Mountains, and had an exciting opportunity to move into a brand new community recreation centre. The architecture and design are beautiful, and the Library’s goal was to have the furnishings stay consistent with the stone work, warm rustic woods, and open, airy space. Often in the midst of Library design and construction, functionality for both staff and patrons can be compromised. The Canmore Librarians needed to ensure these important factors would not be overlooked, while still enhancing the theme of the Library.

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High River Public Library

The High River Library in southern Alberta needed to create more storage space for their growing collection of books. While a renovation is on the horizon, they urgently needed to create space for more shelving. A major goal was to have it match their existing shelving. They were also looking for creative ways to drive patronage, which would in turn increase revenue and funding for future projects.

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Okotoks Public Library

Okotoks Public Library had previously installed a mobile system to address their storage woes, but already the mobile system was maxed out. They had no additional space to assign storage to, unless they could add on to the system itself. As their collection grew, they required more shelf space in the public area of the library as well. Could they find an add on to the mobile that matched the current system? Could they afford to do everything at one time?

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Ambrose University College

The Ambrose University College had an extensive collection of learning materials: one hundred and sixty thousand volumes and counting. They had to share a fifteen thousand square foot space with over two-hundred study carrels and all related administrative offices. The volume of learning materials alone was too great to fit into the space with conventional shelving. Expansion of the building was far too costly, and moving the study areas and offices away from the library would cause even more challenges, costing more money and stifling workflow.

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Carleton University

A Southern Alberta high school was out of space for their sports equipment in the gymnasium. The overflow of equipment was posing a significant safety risk to staff and students, and the disorganization made access extremely inefficient, wasting valuable learning time. The storage room had nowhere to expand, and re-purposing another room was out of the question as space was at a premium already.

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Fort McMurray Public Library

Fort McMurray’s beautiful library was constructed as part of a recreation complex, to be the premiere community space in town. Spacious and grand, the library features wall to wall, floor to ceiling glass windows, curved, modern steel architecture, and vastly open, airy space. Foothills Systems was honored to transform it into the community’s living room.

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Mary C. Moore Public Library

The new Lacombe Memorial Centre was selected to house the modern, Mary C. Moore public library. To match the “Turn of the century” building design, the interior of the library needed to have special attention given to the furnishings. The interior furnishings needed to be user friendly, academically functional and reflect the special attention given to the building design and details.

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Taber Public Library

In rural Alberta, a forward looking town had outgrown their existing Library facility. They needed additional collection space, user specific library furnishings, and specialty shelving to meet the diverse needs of their changing community.

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University of Northern BC

The Geoffrey R. Weller Library on the beautiful UNBC campus was rapidly running out of space to store their journal collection. They were forced to think outside the box, as a costly expansion was not a viable solution, and off-site storage would limit access and hinder workflow. They had already invested in the static shelving that was in use, so spending additional money on replacement shelving would be costly and wasteful.

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Winnipeg’s Millennium Library

Winnipeg Public Library was ready for a brand new, central library that would bring students, families, and the community together in the downtown core. Their vision was an open, airy library, constructed of steel and glass that would allow natural light to pour in. Vaulted ceilings and terraced workstations would add flow, while having elements of separation for their patrons who needed a quiet, private space to relax or study.

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Yellowknife Legislative Library

The Yellowknife Legislative library is a rarity. Beautifully constructed of circular glass and steel, it’s an ambitious project in a remote area. The library provides information and reference to members of the legislative assembly, their staff, and the government of the North West Territories. The architecture allows light to pour in at many angles, something that needed to be considered in the furnishings so it would be uninhibited. They required capacity for their extensive collections, and working furniture for their offices and work spaces, that would complete the vision for the facility.

2017-04-13T11:47:34+00:00

The Source Skate & Snow

The Source Skate and Snowboards in Calgary was opening an exciting new flagship store on 11th Ave, a prime retail location in the heart of the city. A primary focus for this store was to have the biggest in-stock selection of the hottest shoes, snowboard boots, bindings, and helmets for their customers. Dave, the owner, knew he had to have as large a retail floor as possible, which meant the most efficient use of space in the stock rooms was of the utmost importance.

2017-04-13T11:48:21+00:00

Calgary College Bookstore

A Calgary College was undergoing a major renovation and expansion project. A new bookstore was a vital part of the plan, and would serve as a learning resource to students and a revenue generator for the college. The store would not only carry texts books and supplies, but also college branded clothing, mugs, plush mascots, and more. To make the best use of the space long-term, they required as much flexibility as possible while still offering an attractive retail shelving display of merchandise.

2017-04-13T11:49:15+00:00

New York Auction House

An auction house in New York dealing in high priced, specialized items was out of space. Their growth was stifled, and the lack of space created an increased risk of damage to extremely valuable inventory. Storing their items incorrectly could lead to scratched or destroyed merchandise- or worse: injury to employees. The auction house considered their options: moving to a larger warehouse in Manhattan where square footage comes at a debilitating price, or making a protracted change to a foreign and unproven workflow process, sacrificing efficiency and profitability.

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Retail Furniture Warehouse

In retail, the goal is to sell- and to sell you must have inventory. To accommodate the inventory they needed, a furniture retailer required the most efficient use of space. A large mezzanine in the warehouse was one option; however, elevators would be too costly for second floor access. Employees would have to climb stairs. The risk of damaged inventory or employee injury was not an option. The use of distribution centres was another idea, but it would be too costly. Customers want their products instantly- a competitive edge that other furniture retailers could provide.

2017-04-13T11:51:10+00:00

Retail Shoe Store

A shoe outlet needed more space for their inventory- but could not sacrifice an already limited retail floor. It was important to preserve the attractiveness of the store, and maximize product display. These criteria posed serious challenges to the small space- failing any one of these priorities would potentially damage sales and the business.

2017-04-13T11:06:33+00:00

Techno MetalPost

Techno MetalPost was moving to a new warehouse and needed to outfit their new space to store their products. They use custom totes to store piles and needed a system that could store these uncommon totes. These totes are heavy enough to cause serious injury so safety was of the up most importance.

2017-04-13T11:21:34+00:00

Longhorn Casing Tools

Trevor at Longhorn Casing Tools has a great challenge– his business is growing! Their proprietary technologies have enhanced their capabilities, making them the preferred supplier of casing, tubing, and coil tubing solutions. The growth Longhorn is experiencing has kept them busy and their warehouse full. In fact, to keep up with the demand of their clients they required additional storage space to keep workflow and access to inventory as smooth and efficient as possible.

2017-04-13T11:51:53+00:00

Home Hardware Mezzanine

Home Hardware in Lethbridge, Alberta reached out to Foothills Systems when they began growing at a faster rate than their building could handle. With warehouse space limited at their prized location, demand was becoming challenging to keep up with. More space was required to continue to offer their customers what they had come to expect: inventory of everything they wanted at the location they had come to trust. Home Hardware knew it was time to act, to ensure their customers received the best experience possible.

2017-04-13T11:21:23+00:00

MAXgreen Windows

Adam, the owner of MAXgreen, was experiencing growth at his window and door company as word of mouth spread about the high quality of his service and installations. He required more storage so he could house more inventory and take control of his installation timelines. This would allow MAXgreen to refine their schedule and deliver solutions in the timely manner that their customers had come to expect. With every project being different, Adam needed a super flexible storage option that would house varying sizes of windows and doors, and protect them from tipping, twisting, and breakage. He needed a heavy duty and reliable storage solution.

2017-04-13T11:24:53+00:00

Mobile Parts Department

Rocky Mountain Equipment wanted to create an on-site service and repair solution for their heavy duty equipment out in the field. They were looking to have a mobile trailer unit that would bring parts, tools and equipment where it was needed most. It would essentially be a mobile parts department. Safety, Organization, Security and Affordability were all requirements that had to be met for the system to achieve their goals.

2017-04-13T11:22:50+00:00

Wacker Neuson Racking

Wacker Neuson had experienced great success at their location in Calgary, extending their trusted brand in the Construction Equipment field. With overall growth and seasonal peaks in demand, the South Calgary location moved to a larger warehouse a few doors down in the same building, and had to make the most efficient and economical use of their space.

2017-04-13T11:54:13+00:00

Husqvarna Calgary

When Husqvarna opened a new location in Calgary, they contacted Foothills Systems to supply shelving and racking to their warehouse. A Storage Expert from Foothills Systems met with the owner, Shawn, and asked questions about how the new location would operate. Shawn explained how they needed to control inventory and create a secure area for contractors and visitors to enter the building. Shawn needed some areas picked and loaded by forklift, others to store tiny nuts, bolts and other inventory, and they had a little of everything in between.

2017-04-13T11:29:20+00:00

Environmental Consulting

A local environmental consulting firm had moved into a new building in Calgary’s upstart Quarry Park commercial neighbourhood. They required a storage solution for their service vehicle bays. The variety of what they needed to store posed a challenge: could one system store work equipment, tools, supplies, hard hats, coveralls, boots, and tires for snow and summer? Some of the tools were valuable and posed a shrinkage risk, while other materials posed safety risks to employees. They needed to organize to eliminate tripping hazards, store their stuff, and keep enough space for two work vehicles to be in the bay at once.

2017-04-13T11:27:53+00:00

Heartland Ford

Heartland Ford in Fort Saskatchewan was moving to an all-new location, and needed an efficient storage solution for their parts department. Easily finding and accessing fast moving parts was essential to the health of their inventory, and ensuring they could meet customer’s demands as quickly as possible. They required all types of storage, from batteries, to air filters, to tires and small nuts and bolts.

2017-04-13T11:52:51+00:00

Central Alberta Auto

A central Alberta auto dealership needed more space to devote to profitable areas of their business like service and shop bays; however expansion was a costly venture that would eat up inventory space that was already at capacity. The sheer volume of parts and inventory was tough to control and access, creating a concern for security, inventory damage, and employee safety.

2017-04-13T11:54:53+00:00

Rocky Mountain Equipment

Business at Rocky Mountain Equipment was good, and it was time to consider expanding their operation to meet their customer’s needs. Expansion would be very costly and it would take a long time for them to see a return on such a large investment. Equally worrisome was the prospect of encroaching on valuable yard space where inventory was being stored. Without additional space the growth of the business would be stifled, so a creative solution was imperative.

2017-04-13T11:32:38+00:00

Pro-Am Motorsports Mezzanine

Pro-Am Motorsports in Calgary was a growing business with the need for more show room space. Different models of motorcycles, different colours and trims, parts, and more were part of their product portfolio, but customers couldn’t see or touch all the inventory. Part of buying a sports vehicle is the joy of picking out a new toy, and without a first-hand introduction, the purchase is just not as exciting. Excitement drives sales in a lifestyle industry like Motorsports- so what could they do? Moving and expansion were not attractive options- they love their location, and expansion was far too costly.

2017-04-13T11:34:55+00:00

More Snow Tires, More Sales

Every winter, an automotive dealership faces the same problem. They have to stock enough winter tires for the first snowfall of the year, or they miss out on a very profitable season because they simply can’t meet demand. They had limited space, and expanding the storage area was far too costly. Storing off site didn’t provide the accessibility their customers wanted, and affected their installation workflow.

2017-04-13T11:36:18+00:00

Powerhouse Workspace

Every winter, an automotive dealership faces the same problem. They have to stock enough winter tires for the first snowfall of the year, or they miss out on a very profitable season because they simply can’t meet demand. They had limited space, and expanding the storage area was far too costly. Storing off site didn’t provide the accessibility their customers wanted, and affected their installation workflow.

2017-04-13T09:39:51+00:00

Foothills Hospital

The Foothills Hospital, one of Calgary’s busiest hospitals, needed a way to maximize space and cleanliness in their Infection Prevention and Control unit. As this is a high traffic hospital and these areas are used regularly throughout the day making these spaces easy to clean was paramount. The shelving would hold various samples used in treating patients in the hospital; as such any risk of contamination needed to be eliminated to ensure the best treatment was being provided.