Doing Heavy Duty

With shrinking school budgets and the expectation of getting more for the money, selecting the best school furniture becomes critical.  Read what schools feel are the critical factors in selecting furniture.

Doing Heavy Duty

Dec 1, 2004 12:00 PM
By Mike Kennedy

As he works on the renovation and expansion of the Center for the Arts at Towson University in Towson, Md., academic facility planner Kris Phillips is reminded continually of the importance of choosing the right furniture for the center.


Much of the furniture still being used in the existing facility was purchased when the center opened more than 30 years ago. The lesson? The furniture Phillips is helping to select for the renovated center needs to be around not just for today’s Towson students, but also for their children — and beyond.

“For us, it’s a longevity issue,” says Phillips. “With the capital funding available, we have a once-in-a-lifetime shot to buy furniture. We need to make sure we make a wise institutional choice.”

For education institutions, many of which are coping with stagnant or shrinking budgets, issues such as style and aesthetics may play some part in deciding what furniture to buy, but the overriding characteristic sought in chairs, desks, tables and other furnishings is durability.

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