Storage for Zurich University
The full force of science is parked in the newly built central depot of Zurich University at Buchs which preserves the University’s knowledge on archiving shelves made by Forster.
The new central depot at Buchs, which is also used for research purposes, aims to provide optimal long-term storage for its stock.
The depot will gather objects taken from 60 local facilities run by a variety of disciplines such as zoology or botany, as well as items archived by ETH Zurich. To provide for optimal storage of the approximately 5 million items, it needs optimal room temperatures and humidity (the building itself is fitted with three different climate envelopes) as well as shelves adapted to the stored goods. The Buchs central depot run by Zurich University has opted for stationary shelving combined with cantilever racks, pallet racks, wide-span shelves and racks raised by 150 mm in order to be directly accessible by a forklift, enabling heavy items to be lifted directly onto the rack.
The depot features mostly FOREG® 2000 shelving which makes for an efficient use of the 8,000 square metres available for archiving. Mobile shelving after all doubles the space for storage. Its crank drive ensures that the racks can be easily moved even when they are heavily packed with items such as rock samples.
Targeted archiving at the depot is enhanced by shelves fitted with timber drawers (to hold rock samples), shelves with pull-out frames (such as bars to hold carpets) or mobile picture panels. Large and extra-large formats can be safely stored in FOREG® flat drawers that provide safekeeping for flat objects such as flags, carpets or textiles, as well as drawings and maps that need to be kept expertly and with due care. The storage rooms were intentionally built without windows to keep harmful sunrays away from the stored goods.
To obtain optimal long-term storage of items such as rock samples, large stuffed animals and medical equipment, Forster shelving systems guarantee a long service life. They are made from high-quality galvanised materials covered with a powder coat (duplex coating), and components for future additions will be available in the long term, ensuring that the user can add to and extend the system at any time to meet the changing requirements of the central depot.
FOREG® shelving systems have been available on the Swiss market for more than 20 years. The know-how amassed by the staff operating within this network supplies the groundwork for innovative top-quality shelving. Our specialists work together with clients, users and architects to produce a customised solution for each and every project. Materials of superior quality and the latest manufacturing technologies warrant that our clients will enjoy smoothly functioning and easy-to-operate products.