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Why We Source Mattresses Made By Blind & Visually Impaired Workers

In Beds, Green Manufacturing by Morgan Dix

Eighty four years ago, in a small two-room shop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a few members of the local Lions Club gathered to charter a new initiative. They were opening a manufacturing plant operated by the visually impaired. It started small, but it grew into something remarkable. Humble Beginnings The organization founded that day was called Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind. It would grow to become IFB Solutions, the largest employer …

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Penn State’s Demo Dorm Room

In Bedroom, Purchasing and Value by Morgan Dix

We love working with Penn State University. Previously, we’ve shared with you their unique and engaging process for choosing residence hall furniture. They call it the Best Value Process or BVP for short. What’s so unique about Penn State, in our experience, is that they fully include their students in their furniture vetting and selection process. The Demo Dorm Room Earlier this week we were visiting Penn State as part …

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Life or Death: Guardrails Are No Laughing Matter

In Bedroom, Beds, Blog by Morgan Dix

“College students are our future. Why are we putting them in significant danger where they should feel safest?” -Clark Jacobs, Co-founder, Rail Against the Danger, TBI and stroke survivor.   Broken arms. Cracked skulls. Strokes. Blunt force trauma. Brain bleeds.  What do these injuries make you think of? Maybe football? Or a horrible car accident? Domestic abuse? Nope! It’s a little more mundane than that. Try slumbering college students tumbling …

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Introducing the Rowan Collection

In Bedroom, Design Resource by Morgan Dix

  Looking for an elegant and modern series of chests, tables, and desks? We are delighted to introduce you to our new Rowan Collection. Elegant Modern Design Highlighting a wood and metal mix, and clean geometric lines, Rowan boasts a quintessential modern design. Specifically, a powder coated geometric metal frame is the stylistic hallmark of this ensemble. True to the core tenets of mid century modern design, the very structure of …

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Furnishing UC Irvine’s Incredible New Middle Earth Residence Hall

In Bedroom, Blog, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

This summer, we had the great good fortune to furnish UC Irvine’s beautiful new residence hall, the Middle Earth Towers. [See the video below.] And this is not the first time we’ve worked with UCI on a big project. A few years ago, we furnished their dazzling LEED Platinum Mesa Court expansion. During that project, we developed an innovative space-saving design to help them increase occupancy and manage a last …

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Bed Bugs In College Dorms: How We Beat Them & How You Can Too

In Bedroom, Blog by Morgan Dix

Oh no!! You’ve got bed bugs. Nothing inspires as much dread in the minds and hearts of college residence hall and facilities managers to say nothing of anxious students. With good reason. Bed bugs in college dorms is a growing problem across the country and it’s tricky to treat. Thankfully, we’ve engineered an effective solution that halts infestations. adecologicfurniture.com-domain_domains-mobile-us And there’s a reason it’s called an infestation. Bed bugs spread …

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5 Stories from Our Sustainable Furniture Solutions Hall of Fame

In Bedroom, Blog, Green Manufacturing by Amos Kober

When it comes to sustainable furniture solutions, we’ve had the good fortune to work with some amazing schools who are steadfastly committed to sustainability. In fact, two of our clients recently won the top two spots in Sierra’s Coolest Schools Ranking, which highlights the work of the greenest schools in the US and Canada. As a company dedicated to building the most sustainable furniture in the residence hall furniture market, we appreciate it …

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Case Study: Fordham University

In Beds, Blog, Recycle, Repurpose by Morgan Dix

Summary: Fordham University maintains a strong commitment to sustainability, and that’s made them an ideal parter for DCI over the years. In 2014, DCI partnered with Fordham University to furnish their stunning new Law School and residence hall at Lincoln Center. Around the same time, DCI was responsible for recycling 300 sets of furniture at their Bronx-based Rose Hill campus. Project Name: Fordham University Project Location: Lincoln Center, Manhattan; Rose Hill, The Bronx Project Size: 430 Sets Building …

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Case Study: New York University

In Beds, Blog, Recycle, Reuse, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

NYU Dorm Furniture Summary: Advancing sustainability values in New York City and beyond is a big priority for NYU. DCI partnered with NYU to provide locally crafted, long lasting furniture built from FSC-certified wood that would endure for more than 25 years while forging innovative green reuse solutions. Case Study: Sustainable NYU Dorm Furniture Project Name: Brittany & Lipton Residence Halls Project Location: New York City, New York Project Size: 1200+ Building Type: Multi-Use Residence Halls Project Team: NYU, Matiz …

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Case Study: University of California Irvine

In Bedroom, Blog, Design Resource by Amos Kober

Summary: In response to limited space and surging enrollment, DCI and UC Irvine created an innovative and environmentally friendly way to increase occupancy in a new state of the art residence hall, UC Irvine Mesa Court, while designing a feature-rich envrironment for laptop-driven learning. Case Study UC Irvine: One Of The Greenest Universities in America Name: UC Irvine Mesa Court Expansion Location: Irvine, CA Size: 935 sets Building Type: Multi-use Residence Hall Project Team: UCI, Hensel Phelps, Mithūn, …