In 1998 the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario was created. The ETFO has 76,000 members and strives to develop programs and services that enhance the working lives and professional development of its members.
Recently the ETFO moved into its new headquarters in Toronto, Canada. Their new facility is a four story building located in the Upper Jarvis neighborhood. The 11,250 square-meter owner occupied office building includes training and conference facilities, and flexible event space. The ETFO building is on track to be the greenest, most energy-efficient, and purpose-built LEEDs platinum office building in the Toronto region.
After designing such an environmentally friendly building it was very important to the Manager of Records and Information Services – Olesia Romanko, to properly store and preserve the archives and records that are housed with the federation.
“We have a number of records, products, artwork, and vital information that we have been entrusted to keep and preserve for the federation.” Ms. Romanko states.
When Ms. Romanko put the storage job out to bid there were several key requirements; it had to be a mobile system, it had to have art rack storage and the quality and flexibility of the storage units needed to be top quality. In addition the storage solution would have to allow the ETFO archives room to grow and be easily accessible. Ms. Romanko chose Borroughs high density shelving units because they met all of those needs, and were the only mobile system to have the art rack capabilities. They were also able to build in specialty tube storage that would house the organization’s various flags.
Anchored on a mechanical high density shelving system, ETFO purchased a total of six rows of storage. The system has three rows of mobile shelving with an additional two carriages of dedicated art rack storage for a total footprint of approximately 500 ft2.
Administrative Assistant Lynda Nakamura said, “It’s truly amazing how much storage – in a tight space – that the system gives us.”
The ETFO was also genuinely impressed by Borroughs’ 14001:2004 environmental ISO certification. The certification assured the federation that the commitment to the environment was in line with their organization’s building and its green strategy.
The end result was a tremendous success for both the ETFO and Borroughs with another satisfied customer enjoying a great product that will work for many years to come.