Hidden Georgia Tech: The Lockshop
By Victor Rogers May 29, 2018
Across the Georgia Tech campus, hidden spaces and forgotten places await rediscovery. Some are relics of an earlier time, difficult to find and explore. Others are very much in view but often overlooked. Hidden Georgia Tech is a photo-essay series highlighting places on campus that are hidden in plain sight.
If you are not a building manager or a construction contractor with Georgia Tech, you probably haven't been to the Lockshop, located in the O'Keefe Building on Sixth Street. The Lockshop, with a team of four people led by foreperson Sonny Cody, holds the keys to all Georgia Tech facilities, excluding Housing.
Let's go inside.
Photos by Rob Felt
Hand-stampers are used for stamping keys and lock cores.
Locksmith Kelly Belton prepares to cut a key.
This machine stamps letters and sequential numbers on keys.
This is an electric key and core stamping machine.
Close-up of inscription of a key code and sequential number.
A storage cabinet houses keys that are checked out by employees and contractors on a daily basis.
The Lockshop stores extra lock cores for each campus building.
Close-up of reusable cores and extra keys for each building.
Pin segments, used in lock cores, are stored in small bins.
These small springs are a must-have in each lock barrel.
Capping a lock core after inserting the spring.
Locksmith Salam Ali puts pins into a lock so the user’s key will work.
Pulling the lock core from a door to install a new lock.
Wall of key blanks for cabinets and desks.
Years ago, the Lockshop used index cards to keep track of keys. All records are now kept electronically.
Some of these discarded locks will be used for parts; the rest will be recycled.
View of the Lockshop through the security bars of the service window.
The Lockshop is located in the O’Keefe Building on Sixth Street.