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How to Manage Furniture Supply Chain Disruption

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, Local Sourcing by Morgan Dix

If you’re like a lot of purchasing officers or facilities leaders in higher ed, you might be scrambling to ensure that you can cover your residence hall furniture orders for 2022. And that makes sense. Furniture supply chains have experienced a perfect storm over the last two years. The global pandemic and its cascading variants. The blockage at the Suez Canal. The US-China trade wars. Even climate change. For example, …

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UCSB Case Study – New Soft Seating & Repurposed Sofas

In Blog, case study, Lounge, Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse by Morgan Dix

Summary This summer at UC Santa Barbara, we installed 70 premium sofas from our mid century-inspired Boulevard Collection. There were two highlights to this project. First, the timeline was extremely compressed. Second, because we have a local assembly plant in San Diego, we were positioned to reclaim a large volume of furniture from UCSB that was otherwise destined for the landfill. DCI’s Journey Into Soft Seating Before we jump into …

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Plywood Bed Decks vs Metal Bed Springs

In Bedroom, Beds, Blog, nuts and bolts by Morgan Dix

Should you buy a plywood bed deck or metal bed springs for your residence hall beds? We get this question a lot. And the truth is, there are benefits to both. There are some popular misconceptions too. For example, most campuses stick to the same standard for compatibility, and that isn’t necessary. Why? Because, it’s not hard to convert from metal springs to a wood deck assembly while maintaining compatibility …

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DCI Awarded $706,000 Community Wood Grant From US Forest Service

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, Local Sourcing, Recycle, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

DCI will use the Community Wood Grant funds to install a renewable biomass cogeneration system to supply heat and electricity to its operation. As part of a decades long initiative to reduce the environmental footprint of our work, starting last year we applied for and won a series of major clean energy grants to upgrade the renewable energy system the heats our factory, kilns, and offices. The Forest Service Community …

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Case Study – Travis Air Force Base

In Bedroom, Blog, case study, Government by Morgan Dix

Summary: DCI installed solid wood bedroom sets in a three-building cluster at Travis Air Force Base. The project presented unique challenges including installing new furniture in occupied rooms, removing, palletizing, and transporting the old furniture, and using a reach lift. Travis Air Force Base Travis Air Force Base is a U.S. Air Force air base under the purview of the Air Mobility Command, located in Northern California. In 2020, DCI …

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The Circular Economy: DCI End Of Life Furniture Program

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

What should you do when your furniture reaches the end of its useful life? That’s a question that we get a lot. And at DCI, we have a program to help you manage your retiring furniture. In short, our goal is to help you keep it out of the landfill. And to be honest, that’s easier than ever before. If you have solid wood furniture, you have lots of options …

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DCI Furnishes Headrest Sober Living Facility

In Blog, Recovery Friendly Workplace by Morgan Dix

It was a cold and grey New Hampshire day in early December when Natanya Champney, the HR coordinator for DCI, pulled up to the Headrest Residential Facility for substance use recovery on Church Street in Lebanon, NH. She was on a mission. Natanya and her crew were delivering fourteen beds, seven wardrobes, desks, task chairs, and a single kitchen table to Headrest’s home for folks recovering from substance use disorders. …

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Edge Banding – Everything You Need To Know

In Blog, Design Resource, Green Manufacturing, nuts and bolts, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

When you’re choosing your residence hall furniture and deciding on the specs, you’ll inevitably choose what materials you want. Should it be totally solid wood, including the top? Or should you get solid wood or plywood substrates with laminate tops, or all laminate? Whatever the selection, your furniture is probably going to include edge banding. Why? Because it’s an important part of the construction. And depending on where we use …

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Southwestern University Case Study: Sustainable Purchasing

In Blog, case study, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, GreenCertification, Local Sourcing, Nontoxic, Purchasing and Value, Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Summary Southwestern University hired a Sustainability Coordinator and embraced a commitment to zero waste on campus. They reached out to DCI to provide them with sustainable zero waste furniture to furnish two of their residence halls. The Oldest University in Texas Southwestern University (SU) is a private liberal arts school in Georgetown, Texas, just north of Austin. Situated on a 780-acre suburban campus with 1,430 undergrads, the school was founded …

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Cal Poly Case Study: Increasing Occupancy and Cost Savings Plus A Big Sustainability Win

In Bedroom, Blog, case study, Occupancy, Purchasing and Value, Recycle by Morgan Dix

Summary: In 2017, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo hired DCI to introduce a new design standard on campus. In the process, we helped increase occupancy (and the bottom line) by turning 390 doubles into triples, saved the school a huge amount of money on a new wardrobe, and recycled 500 metal bed frames. A New Design Standard In late 2017, DCI was awarded a contract to introduce a new design …