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Southwestern University Case Study: Sustainable Purchasing

In 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 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 180 …

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

In Bedroom, 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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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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Case Study: USAG Daegu Shilla Tower

In Design Resource, Lounge, Purchasing and Value by Morgan Dix

Summary: In early 2019, DCI furnished USAG Daegu Shilla Tower, a family housing apartment complex  in the South Korean city of Daegu. We developed a unique design solution to deal with compressed timelines. In the process, we created added value for our customer. Name: USAG Daegu Shilla Tower Location: Daegu, Korea Size: 90 sets of furniture Building Type: Multi-use Apartment Complex Project Team: Army Corps of Engineers & DCI Product List: Coffee table, End Table, …

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Your Step-by-Step Guide to Purchasing Residence Hall Furniture

In Blog, Purchasing and Value by Morgan Dix

Are you planning a furniture installation in your residence hall anytime soon? Whether you’re new to this process or if you’ve done it before, there are a lot of details to juggle. So we created a checklist to help you navigate the process and hopefully reduce your stress levels. We’ve provided furniture to hundreds of institutions over the last 40 years, and we know every step you need to take. …

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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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How To Get The Best Quality Furniture For Your Residence Halls

In Blog, Purchasing and Value by Morgan Dix

How do you define value when it comes to residence hall furniture? Is it quality? Is it price? Because, in the end, we all want to get the best quality furniture possible. The truth is, not everyone agrees on how to assess value. For some, it’s the latest design. Others emphasize durability, craftsmanship, flexibility, sustainability, or customer service when they’re selecting a partner vendor. Obviously, you have to define your value …

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7 Benefits of Vertical Integration When Buying Sustainable Furniture

In Blog, Climate Friendly Furniture, Customizing, Green Manufacturing, Purchasing and Value, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

I am a big fan of vertical integration. It saves time, money, and it’s great for the environment. But first, you might be wondering, what is vertical integration? You see, DCI is a vertically integrated company. That means that we own every single step in our supply chain. From forest to floor, we manage, own, and control every step in the sourcing, production, and delivery of our sustainable hardwood furniture. …

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A Study in How to Include Your Students in Selecting Furniture

In Blog, Purchasing and Value, Student Engagement by Amos Kober

How do you select your residence hall furniture? Do you leave it up to just a few key people? Do you get input from a wide array of departments like residence life, facilities, housing, and the Dean’s office? That’s pretty standard, and it makes sense for obvious reasons. But have you ever considered including your students in the selection process? Why would you want to do that? Including Students In …

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Furniture Leasing Companies: Should You Buy or Lease?

In Blog, Purchasing and Value by Morgan Dix

A lot of colleges and universities buy their residence hall furniture outright. But that’s not necessarily the right choice for everyone. For some schools, working with furniture leasing companies to lease their furniture is the better route. Of course there are pros and cons for both buying and leasing, but let’s take a little time to explore the benefits of leasing your residence hall furniture. Based on this information, you can …