National library case study
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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National Library.Australia’s largest library storage facility is also state-of-the-art.
“The storage system contains approximately 56 kilometres of shelving, weighs some 200 tonnes, contains 200,000 bolts.”The National Library of Australia recently storage is crucial to the successfulopened the largest library storage facility preservation and provision of access toin Australia. Located in Hume ACT. With the Library’s vast print resources.federal government funding of $9.9 million “At present there are 9 million items in thethe facility was opened by Senator Kemp, overall National Library collection, whichMinister for Arts and Sport. occupy 240 kilometres of shelving in theThe storage system contains approximately main Library building and our two offsite56 kilometres of shelving, weighs some facilities.”200 tonnes, contains 200,000 bolts. “Each year the shelving requirementThe system stores 25.6 linear kilometres of increases by 3 kilometres mostly due to ournewspapers and 28.3 linear kilometres of legal deposit obligations. What this ongoingother printed material. Most of this material need clearly demonstrates is that printis stored in high rise shelving. A separate publishing is still strong in an increasinglyarea of approximately 1.7 linear kilometres electronic environment.”of low-rise shelving is utilized to store more “Our central responsibility is to ensure thatfragile material. the collection is preserved for futureIt is the only library storage facility in generations. This purpose built facilityAustralia to use custom-designed and high contains the optimal environmental controls available today to ensure the longevity ofrise shelving to store newspapers, with the collection,” she said. Construction ofwire-guided stock pickers to access the the repository commenced in Septembermaterial. This solution facilitates quick 2005 to enable the building to be ready foraccess to all material. the book move from the nearby leasedJan Fullerton AO, Director-General of the premises that took place between 7 AugustNational Library said that adequate 2006 and 14 November 2006.Dexion Case Study – National Library
“Our central responsibility is to ensure that the collection is preserved for future generations. This purpose built facility contains the optimal environmental controls available today to ensure the longevity of the collection.”The building will provide storage space storage space and 220m2 office anduntil 2013 with possibilities to further amenities space.expand the facility in the future. Dexion was selected by the ConstructionThe design and construction of the Head Contractor, Manteena Pty Ltd tobuilding was governed by a number of detail design, supply and install a veryenvironmental issues relating to the specific storage solution.preservation of the collection. The buildingfeatures strict environmental control Dexion’s Business Development Managerthroughout the storage areas ensuring the for the Government sector, Brett Piskulich,most suitable climates are maintained for takes up the story. “We take great pridethe various elements of the collection. and satisfaction in the fact that we haveFor example it incorporates a separate commissioned a very unique and effectivepreservation vault where fragile material solution for the National Library. Thecan be housed at lower temperature and system consists of continuous Cantileverhumidity. Shelving that in some parts spans someThe building also incorporates some best 20 metres between uprights. The naturepractice in terms of ecologically sustainable of the items being stored meant thatdevelopment principles and, for example, standard shelving depths were also notfeatures underground tanks to harvest applicable,” he said.rainwater for irrigation of the surroundinggrounds. It is also believed to be the “So we designed a special ‘shelf clip’ thatlargest offsite storage facility owned by allows shelf depths to be varied thusany Australian library with a land area that creating additional capacity. There is alsoequals 12,530m2. The building size is a significant Ultima high-rise shelving3,730m2 which consists of 3,510m2 of system installed.”Dexion Case Study – National Library
“Professional project management was crucial as installation of the shelving system commenced whilst building works were being finished.”The specification also required that the These sections were assembled on theshelving systems have an earthquake ground with the top section lifted intorating. “Our in-house Structural Team was place using a specially designed jig,heavily involved to ensure the system did increasing the speed of assembly andindeed meet the rigorous compliance minimizing the manual handling required.standard,” said Piskulich. “This was a massive project. To give youConstruction of the system was a complex some perspective we delivered materialsprocess and required detailed planning by packed in 52 semi-trailers over a 14 weekthe Project Management Team. Installation period. We treated the assembly processbegan at opposite ends of the building like a production line using fabrication jigs,and worked towards the middle. and with dedicated crews for the different types of equipment,” said Piskulich. “TheThe Cantilever was assembled laid down 16 man team also became acquaintedand a special tool attached to the fork-lift with Canberra in winter! Sometimes thehoist lifted each section of shelving into temperature did not get above zero untilplace before it was tied back to the late morning and any equipment stagedprevious section. In some areas the outside would quickly get a coat of ice.”clearance was only millimeters away fromthe overhead services. Professional project management was crucial as installation of the shelvingThe Ultima high-rise shelving system is system commenced whilst building worksalmost 7 metres high without any were being finished.intermediate floors. This meant that it tooneeded a unique construction method. “As a team we all felt we learned a lot on methods required, we had to develop the other trades on site and feel that weThe shelving bays comprised of a top and this project. Given the customised design specific systems and procedures,” said have achieved a good result for thea bottom section each over 3 metres high. of the system and the unique installation Piskulich. “We also worked closely with National Library.”Dexion Case Study – National Library