Department of Homeland Security

Use of Unconventional Space For Storage

Each square foot of support, administrative and operational space at airports nationwide has to be "leased" by the government. Because of limited funds and space, there never seems to be enough offices, cubicles, and storage spaces for our needs.

At Nashville INTL Airport (BNA), I began a pilot program which initially identified unconventional available space, already leased, that was not being utilized. One result was the area beneath all of the tables at each X-Ray machine. This amounted to approximately 50 cubic feet of area per machine, for a total of 550 cubic feet of storage space at BNA which was not being exploited.

As the next step, a single set of custom security storage containers were manufactured locally for a cost of $800. These containers are professionally crafted, and use all available space while visually complimenting the environment. Using local averaged prices, these storage container sets (11 total, one set per X-ray machine) will reduce the TSA footprint by 264 total square feet at this airport. This "Box-within-a-box" concept of storage at BNA amounts to a total yearly savings of $4,664.00 in the initial year of employment, followed by an annual savings of $13, 464.00

Unanticipated benefits have included a huge savings in logistics and man-hours, as support materials and consumables can now be held at the place of use, rather than at remote storage sites. Because of the local manufacturing, all storage containers are covered by local support and warranty, reducing maintenance and upkeep costs and protecting the initial investment. The pilot program has clearly proven that each government agency, using unconventional space resources, can drastically reduce costs and increase quality of life for employees. If BNA is used as an average, multiplied by 450 federalized airports (as of 2009 ), annual savings after the initial investment year would average $6, 058,800.00 All due to a simple use of space we already paid for.



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