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Your Housing Staff Will Love This Unique Service: The One Year Walkthrough

In Blog, Purchasing and Value by Amos Kober

We’ve written about sustainability extensively on this blog. And more recently, we’ve focused on one time-tested hallmark of sustainability. Namely, durability. How can you ensure that you’re getting the most for your money? Our answer to this is pretty straightforward and shapes our values. Choose furniture made from the highest quality materials with superior construction techniques. That way, you get the most durable product that weathers the rugged demands of life in a …

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Here’s the Real Secret Behind DCI’s Long Lasting Furniture

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

What’s the secret behind our long lasting furniture? One time-honored principle of sustainability gives us a simple way to understand the answer to that question. When people think about sustainability, they often think about the obvious things like reusing and recycling parts, powering your operation with renewable energy, creating zero waste, and making nontoxic products. Of course, those are all valid and important. A Simple Secret About Sustainability But there’s an ancient element of sustainability that a lot of …

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Case Study: University of Maryland College Park

In Blog, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Summary: This University of Maryland furniture case study profiles the furnishings still in use after 35 years at UMD. Thanks to the sustainability and durability of solid hardwood, in addition to a savvy and well thought out management plan, that same furniture is still in use at College Park. Case Study: University of Maryland College Park Project Location: College Park, MD Dates: 1985-Present Building Type: Residence Halls Project Team: UMD, DCI,Inc. Product …

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Case Study: University of Nevada Las Vegas

In Blog, Customizing, Design Resource by Morgan Dix

Summary: DCI partnered with UNLV to deliver a custom designed chaise and loveseat for their upperclass luxury singles. Case Study: University of Nevada Las Vegas Project Name: Upper Class Complex Project Location: Las Vegas, NV Dates: 2017/2018 Project Size: 120 Sets Building Type: Graduate Studio Apartment Project Team: UNLV, AVS, DCI,Inc. Product List: 120 Love Seats, 120 Chaise Seats UNLV The University of Nevada at Las Vegas was founded in 1957 in Paradise, Nevada less than two miles …

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Case Study: UC Berkeley

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

Summary: UC Berkeley built an award winning state of the art LEED gold residence hall called Martinez Commons. DCI furnished it with sustainable solid hardwood and custom designed bedroom and common room furniture. Case Study: UC Berkeley Project Name: Martinez Commons Project Location: Berkeley, CA Dates: 2013 Project Size: 416 Beds, Single & Double Story Units Building Type: Undergrad Housing Project Team: UC Berkeley, Behnisch Architekten, EHDD Architecture, DCI Product List: Bed, Desk, Rolling Pedestal, Underbed Drawer, Bookcase, …

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Technology & Student Housing Furniture: What You Need To Consider

In Blog, Design Resource, Informal Learning Space, Student Engagement by Morgan Dix

What do dorm technology and furniture have in common? And when it comes to college students, why do you need to consider them together? As you well know, we live an an extraordinary moment in history when the sum total of human knowledge is always just a click away. We can use technology anywhere and anytime through our multifarious mobile devices. But don’t forget, for nearly all of human history …

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Student Retention – Can Sustainable Lounge Furniture Really Help?

In Blog, Green Manufacturing, Informal Learning Space, Lounge by Morgan Dix

A lot of people are talking about how furniture can actually help you improve student retention. When we first started to hear about that trend, we were impressed if not a little skeptical. But there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence to support these assertions. And in fact RealPage, which collects data on this topic, has some numbers to back it up. So we thought it would be worthwhile to learn a …

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Designing Informal Learning Spaces: How New Furniture Breathes Fresh Life Into Dead Spaces

In Blog, Customizing, Design Resource, Informal Learning Space by Morgan Dix

Do you struggle with underused space in your residence halls? Do you have common rooms, corridors, and hallways that need new life? You probably need to create some informal learning spaces. And maybe you just have old furniture that’s begging for a design upgrade? If so, than perhaps you’ve heard about what some people are calling The Furniture Effect? That’s the moniker used by administrators and housing officials to describe a strategy employed …

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How Student Wellness & Green Furniture Go Together

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, GreenCertification, Student Engagement by Morgan Dix

How do you manage student wellness in your residence halls? There are a lot of dimensions to wellness. Students these days are under a lot of pressure to perform and compete even before they reach college. Whereas straight A’s and top test scores once guaranteed a spot at the best schools, that’s no longer the case. And once students do start college, they’re expected to rise to higher academic standards …

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Case Study: UCLA University Apartments

In Blog, Design Resource, Occupancy by Morgan Dix

Summary: UCLA wanted to upgrade the design standard for their off-campus housing. Working with UCLA’s Director of University Apartments, we tailored an elegant solution that blends sustainability, durability, modern design, and a sense of space. The UCLA University Apartments project also featured a unique solution to help manage a surge in occupancy. Project Name: UCLA University Apartments Off-Campus Housing Project Location: Westwood, Los Angeles Dates: 2014 & 2017 Project Size: 500 fully furnished …