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Case Study: Boston College – Lean, Green, And Local Construction

In Blog, Design Resource, Local Sourcing, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Summary: Boston College and DCI have worked together for over 25 years. This foundation allowed us to collaborate on a furniture solution that was a paradigm of sustainability to compliment BC’s brand new state-of-the-art sustainable residence hall. Name: Boston College Location: Newton, MA Size: 1000 sets Building Types: 2000 and 2150 Comm Ave. Residence Halls Project Team: BC & DCI Product List: Bed, Dresser, Desk, Wardrobe, Coat Hooks Backstory Boston College (BC) is a private Jesuit Research …

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Why Rubberwood Is Not Sustainable

In Blog, Green Manufacturing by Morgan Dix

Do you want sustainable residence hall furniture that meets high environmental standards? If you do, you’ve probably come across Rubberwood in your research. It’s a popular raw material used to build residence hall furniture. Rubberwood is referred to as an ‘environmentally farmed timber’ but that moniker is strictly a made up marketing term. In fact many authoritative institutions–National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science–have cast …

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Case Study: UC Santa Cruz

In Blog by Morgan Dix

University of California Santa Cruz – Banishing Bed Bugs Name: University of California at Santa Cruz Location: Santa Cruz, CA Size: 1000 sets Building Type: Residence Halls Project Team: DCI, UCSC Product List: Beds Summary: UCSC approached DCI to help them with a bedbug problem. We engineered a custom solution that contributed to a major reduction in bed bugs and became part of UCSC’s design standard across campus. Backstory The University of California Santa Cruz was founded in 1965 as one …

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Why You Should Choose Sustainably Manufactured Furniture

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, GreenCertification, Local Sourcing, Nontoxic, solid wood, Wood is Good by Amos Kober

When it comes to residence hall furniture, is it possible to balance quality, affordability, and the highest environmental standards? With sustainably manufactured furniture, it is. There are a lot of different kinds of furniture to choose from, but solid hardwood is the best example of how to strike the perfect balance between these priorities. And more importantly, domestic solid hardwood is the only bona fide source of sustainable residence hall furniture. …

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[Video] Wood: Nature’s Stroke of Genius

In Blog, Nontoxic, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Are you fed up with all the drab and depressing news about climate change and environmental degradation? You’re in luck, there’s a solution. It’s called wood! It’s the way forward. Wood is the world’s most environmentally friendly raw material. Unlike dangerous oil platforms, pipelines, and the mountain-top removing coal mines, trees are renewable and beautiful. Are you worried about cutting them down? In the Eastern United States, where we get our wood, …

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Case Study: Pepperdine University

In Blog, Design Resource, Occupancy, Repurpose by Morgan Dix

Summary: Pepperdine needed to increase occupancy, upgrade their design standard, and come up with a sustainable solution to deal with their retiring furniture stock. Together, we developed an innovative solution that responded to all three of these requirements. Name: Pepperdine University: Raising Standards in Design & Sustainability Location: Malibu, CA Size: Ongoing Building Type: Residence Halls Project Team: DCI, Pepperdine University Product List: Bed, desk, mobile pedestal, stackable dresser, wardrobe Backstory Pepperdine is a private Christian research …

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[Video] Want To Tackle Climate Change On Campus? Use Real Wood Furniture

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Video Summary: Forests are an important carbon sink and wood products continue to store carbon during their life time. Additionally wood products can replace other energy intense material leading to even higer carbon reductions. The more wood you use the lower your carbon footprint will be! Tackle climate change In this short and illuminating video from Europe (featured below), you’ll learn why using more wood is the simplest way to create a low carbon …

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Case Study: Dartmouth College – A Model of Sustainability

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

Summary: DCI partnered with Dartmouth College to build furniture for their residence halls made from trees harvested on their own land. The positive sustainability impact on the land, the school, and the students was multi-layered. Project Name: Dartmouth College Project Location: Hanover, New Hampshire Project Size: Two Residence Halls (503 Room Sets), Campus (3,000 Beds) Building Type: College Residence Halls Project Team: DCI, Dartmouth College Product List: Maple bed, bookshelf, desk, and dresser Backstory Dartmouth College is one of …

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5 Reasons Why Wood Is The Greenest Furniture Choice

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

In the 21st Century, we face an onslaught of bad news from around the world when it comes to the environment. Despite knowing more about the sources of our environmental woes than ever before, it often feels like we just can’t get ahead of the curve. That’s one reason we are so excited about solid hardwood furniture. Wood is good, as they say, because it is an incredible green solution …

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Case Study: UC Riverside

In Blog, Design Resource, Occupancy by Morgan Dix

Summary: In collaboration with UCR, we developed a solution that included upgrading the campus design standard, increasing occupancy, and customizing an original lounge set. Name: UC Riverside Location: Riverside, CA Size: 850 Bedroom Sets Building Type: University Residence Halls Project Team: UC Riverside, DCI, SCB Architects Product List: Bed, Bookshelf, 4-Drawer Unit, Wardrobe Backstory The University of California, Riverside is part of the prestigious University of California system. Located in suburban Riverside, CA with a small branch campus in …