Field Museum

More than 12.5 million specimens comprise the Field Museum’s entomology collection. When the Division of Insects decided to relocate and consolidate the collection in a new space, the planning team sought a storage solution that would protect the specimens while allowing easy access for staff and researchers.

Viking and Spacesaver collaborated to create a system that would store specimens securely while still allowing enough space for researchers to comfortably access the collection. Along with the cabinets themselves, Viking also needed to provide new drawers to match drawers that the museum already owned, some of which were decades old, with the goal of fitting all drawers in new cabinets. The cabinets were installed on Spacesaver compactors, which slide from side to side, eliminating idle aisle space.

Viking manufactured and installed more than 1100 cabinets over a period of four months. The resulting collections storage area is efficient and effective, providing convenient access to well-protected entomological specimens.

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