The SLAM Project: A successful challenge!

In 2015-2016, Zone Display Cases was commissioned to design, build and install nearly 100 museum quality archival cases for The new State Library, Archives and Museum, a project from ECI Alaska Architecture.

The variety of cases in this project is incredible and includes wall cases, freestanding cases and table top cases. Some cases were as large as 17 feet tall X 8 feet wide X 6 feet deep and some as small as 20 in. X 20 in. X 24 in. deep.

The entrance and exit of the museum are actually going through a glass structure that we also designed and built, measuring about 20 feet large X 17 feet high. Our scope of work also included a lot of woodworking and the installation of several large concrete panels above some of the cases.

The lighting design from Vancouver's IOS integrated multi-sources lighting including Halogen and LED sources of various types.

The on-site installation in Juneau took approximately 15 weeks over a period of 5 months, with six to ten of our technicians working and travelling in rotating teams.

For the SLAM project, we shipped no less than 14 full 53ft. truck loads that drove their way to Seattle and then up to Alaska on cargo ships!

The Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum, affectionately known as the SLAM, is a 118,000 sqare feet building that is intended to have space for 50 years' worth of new collections, presented in several wonderful diversified galleries that will showcase objects and documents representing the peoples and history of Alaska and telling their story in their voices.

If you would like to view more pictures of the SLAM project and the type of work we did, please click here.

We've been busy!

It's been a very busy summer here at Zone Display cases, both in the studio and workshop, starting with these 3 45ft. long wall cases that would protect, preserve and display Riopelle's last major work, L'Hommage a Rosa Luxembourg (Tribute to Rosa Luxembourg), a unique masterpiece made of 30 paintings that measures more than 130 feet long. Presented at the Musee des Beaux-Arts du Quebec (MNBAQ), this impressive piece of art rests behind ultra clear invisible and anti-reflective security glass and shines under a sophisticated integrated LED lighting system to bring out the vivid colors of this narrative fresco made in 1992 using aerosol spray.

This was one challenging project amongst several others, some recently delivered and some still in design or production stage.

To find more about the Tribute to Rosa Luxembourg,click here.

More Exciting News from Zone

Poop Tales at the Biodome

Yes, you read it right: Poop Tales!
While a few lines above you were reading about some of the largest cases that we have ever built, now we are talking about THE smallest climate controlled display cases that we ever created, to display, well.. poop!
Because of the organic nature of the poop displayed, mixed with the high humidity level inside the Biodome (we're talking 80-90% here!), we needed to create these tiny RH controlled cases that would protect the poop, both from physical damages and from humidity damages. What a fun challenge for such an extremely exciting and original exhibition!

Read more: Poop Tales at the Biodome

Direction Artistique Veronique Bertrand:

Do you know about the Oxygen-Free Display Cases?

We introduced our new Oxygen-Free technology cases last Spring at both the 2016 AIC (American Institute for Conversation) and the AAM (American Alliance of Museums) conferences with lots of interest from our visitors at out booth.

Primarily developped for archives and rare documents, the Oxygen-Free storage and display cases simply slow down the aging of the documents placed in such anoxic environments, even slows down the effects of light on these documents or archives.

The real breakthrough here is the absence of maintenance to keep thecase Oxygen-Free, contrarily to other technologies needing constant addition of inert gas (Argon or Nitrogen) in the exhibit chamber, with much higher cost in monitoring and equipment.

We've started implementing our new Oxygen-Free technology in different sizes of cases while the original unit is still in its long term testing at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa.

Click here to learn more about the Oxygen-Free display case.


You may have noted our new mission logo in all our publications with 3 very important words that best describe what quality museum display cases should perform:
Presentation, Preservation and Protection. We call them the 3 P's.

Presentation is much more than just displaying. Not only does it refer to the design and quality of the case itself, but it also refers to the quality of the glass and lighting, and even the various plinths, interior furniture and signage.

With modern museum casework, your most sensitive and precious objects can now be presented to your audience in public spaces. Your museum quality display cases should offer a micro-environment that is suitable for the specific displayed object, similar to what you'd find in museum reserves. That is what Preservation is about: obtaining a climate controlled exhibit chamber with a stable humidity level and a dustproof space that will minimize any stress on the objects and reduce maintenance. And this, is so important.

Last but not least is security and Protection, be it through the addition of alarms, anti-theft glazing, electronic monitoring, high end security locks or other options.

Not only are these all real challenges but these 3 qualities must be met, discreetly. We, at Zone Display Cases, are engaged in fully meeting these 3 functions in all of our display cases.

That is a promise. Our promise.