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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, 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, 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 or a laminate variety? If you choose to go with the latter, you’ll have to answer another important question. What kind of edge banding do you want? For many people who are new to buying residence hall furniture, that’s going to elicit some questioning faces. …

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Southwestern University Case Study: Sustainable Purchasing

In Blog, 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, 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 …

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DCI Wins $250K USDA Renewable Energy Systems Grant

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

I live in the lee of Colorado’s storied front range. The Rocky Mountains are an inspiring and imposing companion and a constant reminder that wilderness is never far away. So it’s disconcerting these days, when so much smoke from nearby wildfires fills the air. I can’t even see the foothills that are normally visible from my home. Floods drenching the Gulf Coast, wildfires burning the West Coast. Catastrophic songbird die-offs …

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Case Study: Mid-Century Modern at UCLA’s Boulevard Apartments

In Blog, Design Resource by Morgan Dix

Summary: UCLA Housing and UCLA Medical joined forces to buy a beautiful and stylish new apartment complex for their medical staff and graduate students. DCI furnished the apartment complex with a new premium mid-century modern solid wood collection on an accelerated timeline.  Case Study: Mid Century Modern at UCLA Project Name: Boulevard Apartments Project Location: Los Angeles, CA Dates: June 2020 Project Size: 122 bedroom sets, 70 dining sets Building …

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$75k Vermont Grant Helps DCI Support Local North Country Economies

In Blog, Green Manufacturing, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Northern New England used to be a mecca for mill towns.  The ubiquitous rivers and streams that branched across the Northeast United States powered paper, pulp, and textile mills and catapulted America to a pre-eminent position in global manufacturing during the industrial revolution. Two hundred years later, that vaunted seat of manufacturing might has ceded with slow but steady momentum to cheaper southern labor, demographic shifts, and global outsourcing.  A …