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Delta and Bruynzeel wins prestigious order from Charles Darwin Foundation 

Delta Designs, in collaboration with Bruynzeel Storage Systems—the top provider of space-efficient storage solutions in Europe—has secured a multi-million dollar contract with the Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galapagos Islands. This major project involves storing all the scientific collections at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Celebrated for its commitment to research, conservation, and safeguarding the islands’ unique biodiversity, the research station houses priceless collections of animals, plants, and insects. The new storage facility, set to be completed by the end of 2025, will serve as the repository for these collections.

Priceless collections 

Bruynzeel’s and Delta’s tailored storage systems assist the Charles Darwin Research Station in organizing and managing its highly valuable research data, samples, and materials. With the implementation of high-performance mobile storage systems and consolidation into one central location, the research station can manage and safeguard its precious collections more efficiently. Additionally, accessibility and storage capacity are enhanced, while also accommodating future collections.

Uncompromising requirements

The Charles Darwin Foundation selected Bruynzeel and Delta for this project due to our proven track record with over 200 projects for world-leading museums and research institutions. Because a substantial portion of its collections are irreplaceable, the foundation adheres to the strictest conservation standards. The collections officially belong to the Ecuadorian State, which has entrusted the Charles Darwin Foundation to be the custodians of the collections.

“We are delighted that the Charles Darwin Foundation has chosen Bruynzeel and Delta to store their extraordinarily valuable collections. Our custom-built storage systems will help them keep decades of collected research materials safe and organized so they can continue to focus on their important conservation work in the Galapagos Islands. We look forward to working together and supporting them in their mission to research and conserve the unique biodiversity. We are also committing for 20 years to the restoration of the species-rich Scalesia forest with its important function for biodiversity.”

Alexander Collot d’Escury, CEO of Bruynzeel Storage Systems

Sustainable storage

A key criterion in the tender was the sustainability of the proposed solutions. Bruynzeel, acknowledged as the most sustainable producer in the sector, offers storage systems with the lowest CO2 impact in the industry. For example, their systems use Bruynzeel GreenSteel®, which provides a CO2 reduction of over 90% compared to the market standard. To achieve this high level of sustainability, Bruynzeel collaborates with ArcelorMittal and utilizes accredited XCarb® certificates, among other measures.

The Galapagos Islands and Charles Darwin

Known for their pristine nature, the Galapagos Islands are globally renowned due to British naturalist Charles Darwin, who in 1835 was the first to study the unusual geology and biology of the archipelago. It was here that Darwin developed his groundbreaking theory of evolution. Established in 1964, the Charles Darwin Research Station serves as a pivotal base for scientists to conduct research on the islands’ extraordinary flora and fauna. The station also plays a vital role in educating the public about the importance of the Galapagos Islands’ extensive biodiversity for future generations. As the largest research site in the Galapagos, it attracts 125,000 visitors annually and features an archive, library, and museum.

Espanola Island Galapagos with many sea-lions sleeping on a beach.
Exotic big tree at scalesia forest in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Galapagos tortoise

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