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Residence Hall Furniture: The Complete Insider’s Guide

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

Are you in the market to furnish your college or university residence hall? Maybe this is your first time buying dormitory furniture for your school’s residence hall or perhaps you’re a seasoned veteran. Either way, it’s a big job and there are so many emerging trends influencing the conception, design, development, use, and installation of residence hall furniture. So we’ve created a guide to help you navigate the key contexts and questions you should consider. …

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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, case study, 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: UC Berkeley

In Blog, case study, 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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Case Study: UCLA Weyburn Terrace

In Blog, case study, Design Resource, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Summary: UCLA needed to upgrade their graduate housing and their design standard at Weyburn Terrace. Working with the architects and Rick Pulley design, we tailored an elegant solution that blends durability, sustainability, modern design, and a sense of space. Case Study: UCLA Project Name: Weyburn Terrace Paseo & Commons Apartments Location: Westwood, Los Angeles Size: 500 fully furnished studio apartments Building Type: Graduate Student Housing Team: UCLA, Studios Architects, Rick Pulley Product List: Bed with Underbed Storage, Desk …

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Case Study: New York University

In Beds, Blog, case study, 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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NYC Sues Oil Industry for Climate Change Damage and Divests Pension Funds

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

Something amazing happened for the climate last week. The headlines read “NYC Sues Oil Industry!” We’re a climate-friendly company with strong sustainability commitments aimed at reducing our carbon output, so we sat up and took note. The Earth is Heating Up Maybe it even made our heart flutter for a moment. So we’ll jump into that good news in just a moment. But first, let’s just set the scene for …

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Case Study: Duke University

In Blog, case study, Climate Friendly Furniture, Green Manufacturing, GreenCertification, solid wood, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Summary: Meeting a detailed design specification, providing local manufacturing, service, and warehousing, and demonstrating a commitment to sustainability leadership were all important factors that went into selecting a company to furnish Duke University dorms. Project Name: Trinity House Location: Durham, North Carolina Size: 270 sets Building Type: Duke University Dorms, Multi-use Residence Hall Team: Duke & DCI Product List: Full Size Bed, Study Desk, Wardrobe, 520 Two-drawer Underbed Storage Units Duke University Duke was founded in 1838 and is consistently …

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How Our UV Finish Improves Your Indoor Air Quality

In Blog, Green Manufacturing, Nontoxic, solid wood, Wood is Good by Amos Kober

Have you ever wondered about that funny smell coming from your new wood floor or your new wood furniture? Or maybe, like me, you felt a little light-headed after being in a building where you encountered that same smell. It turns out that subtle suspicion you were harboring in the back of your mind—It can’t be good for me to be breathing this in!—was accurate. Volatile Organic Compounds Are Dangerous You …

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Why We Power Our Operation with Renewable Biomass Fuel

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

Sustainability is one of our key priorities here at DCI. Part of our mission as a company is to make sure that our operation has net neutral impact on the biosphere. One key way that we reduce our ecological footprint is by using biomass fuel to power our manufacturing facility. This is what allows us to have a Zero Waste manufacturing plant. But first, what is biomass and why is it sustainable? What …