Temperature and humidity controlled archival storage vaults are designed for the permanent preservation of valuable photographic records, film, electronic media, papers, rare books and artwork.
Without environmental control of the vault’s interior, degradation of stored materials, both physically and chemically will occur over time. In addition, the air quality of the storage space must be controlled to eliminate damaging pollutants and oxidants. Outdoor makeup air should also be introduced to the storage vault to purge any off-gassing chemicals from the collection itself. The pollutants, oxidants and off-gassing chemicals can be controlled effectively using a combination of activated carbon and various other chemicals which are impregnated onto a filter matrix. Temperature and humidity levels that are to be controlled will vary depending on the media being stored – A McMurray Stern Design Consultant can assist you with the design, specification and construction of your storage vault.
Maintaining appropriate environmental conditions for long-term storage of various media types, records, or collections ensures readability and integrity for decades.
Today, protecting and retrieving critical information is necessary for businesses to survive. According to recent statistics, 71% of companies whose data is destroyed by fire or other disasters never recover from the loss, or completely fail within three years. Our vault systems are specifically designed to protect critical items by securing the vault chamber environment and preventing excessive temperatures from jeopardizing the integrity of the media being stored.
McMurray Stern can provide turn-key low temperature cold storage vaults for bio-tech and other specialized applications. Vaults can be outfitted with specialized storage systems that are designed to function in a low temperature environment.
Whether you are storing tissue samples, chemical compounds or botanical samples, a McMurray Stern Design Consultant can assist you in designing a cold storage vault for your application.