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Protecting collections in a seismically active area

Spacesaver offers a wide variety of safe and durable art racks that can be further engineered to withstand seismic events for applications in earthquake-prone areas. The result is an art storage solution that doubles down on safety and durability to help protect valuable collections.

For instance, a client in Utah purchased a competitor’s art rack system that unfortunately collapsed during an earthquake in the spring of 2020. Although no one was injured and none of the artwork suffered permanent damage, the client wanted to provide better protection in the future. Staff asked the Salt Lake City-based Spacesaver consultant to design a stronger, more durable solution.

The consultant contacted Spacesaver’s engineering team to relay the client’s request, and the engineers combined two standard products to create an art rack system that was stronger and more compact than the competitor’s system that had failed. They designed a floor-mounted nested lateral art rack and then modified Spacesaver’s standard overhead anti-tip components to integrate with the art racks and accommodate their movement.

The end result was a system that had an added safety factor from an engineering standpoint, which assured the client’s staff that their collection would no longer be at risk. As an added bonus, the Spacesaver system allowed the client to store the same collection in half the space.


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