From the first formal lectures held in medieval universities, to the online mobile classrooms of today, learning spaces are always growing to meet the needs of society; a study lounge can be a classroom; a cafeteria can become a library. Students can work from almost any location, on or off campus. Educational facilities strive to keep students engaged with their campus, and are embracing the notion of flexible learning environments. Single purpose spaces are becoming obsolete, and many facilities have moved closer to building comfortable and versatile environments that foster collaboration for their students.
An example of a school that has taken student requirements to heart is the University of Chicago. "They recognized the need to redesign their learning environments to meet the needs of today’s students by creating learning spaces outside the walls of the lecture hall, library cubicles, and classrooms."i The flexible and customizable products that Maglin Site Furniture provides have played a part in helping the University reach this goal. "We needed specially designed cluster seating for a project, and I just wasn’t finding what I wanted in the market, so I called (Maglin Sales Manager) Jill Roberts and we began working on the design," said Richard Bumstead, Associate Director for Campus Environment at the University of Chicago. "The final product ended up being a home run! It’s fun, innovative, and works so well in the location."
Maglin provided custom versions of their MLPT1100B-W cluster seating to "jazz up" a prominent location in the heart of the University of Chicago campus. "We did a twist on the standard model and literally twisted the frame and used HDPC (high density paper composite) to create circular table tops and seats," explains Jill Roberts. ADA compliance was also required, so a matching 3-seat cluster unit was created. When asked why he wanted to work with Maglin on this project, Bumstead said, "The Maglin team is great fun to work with — the entire group is engaged in the work they do and more than willing to take a look at all requests for special orders or customization of products."
"The Maglin team is great fun to work with"
With regard to working on school campuses, Roberts stated, "Maglin loves to be involved in education projects! They give us the opportunity to assist in the creation of spaces and overall environments. Campuses have changed over time. Students and learning facilities don’t just demand seating and trash collection anymore — they look for innovative spaces that promote collaboration, engagement, and community."
In order to keep up in today’s mobile world, learning spaces must be able to adapt quickly and easily. The flexibility of Maglin Site Furniture’s products, as well as their readiness to take on special projects, makes Maglin the right partner for your education plans.
Company: Maglin Site Furniture
Product: Cluster Seating
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The Monona bench is perfect for any relaxed outdoor space. It features top-notch materials and has a fully welded steel tubular frame. The Monona™ bench seating materials features Accoya, Ipe Wood, and Recycled Plastic profiles. The Steel frame can be finished with powder coat paint or hot dip galvanize.
The new Monona chair is perfect for any relaxed outdoor space. It features top-notch materials and has a fully welded steel tubular frame. The Monona™ chair seating materials features Accoya, Ipe Wood, and Recycled Plastic profiles. The Steel frame can be finished with powder coat paint or hot dip galvanize.
The Monona youth chair is perfect for any relaxed outdoor space. It features top-notch materials and has a fully welded steel tubular frame. The Monona™ youth chair seating materials features Accoya, Ipe Wood, and Recycled Plastic profiles. The Steel frame can be finished with powder coat paint or hot dip galvanize.
The Monona™ litter receptacles are durable with a fresh clean design. Relax and let Monona™ receptacles do your dirty work. Monona receptacles are constructed with the following materials; 1 X 6" wood profiles and a steel plate all welded frame.
Whether your area of expertise is residential, commercial, industrial, or landscape architecture or engineering, Thomas Steele products offer you creative, innovative, site furnishing solutions to meet your clients’ needs. Our six different family styles are the perfect complement to any setting. We can help you provide the best possible combinations to suit your and your clients’ requirements. Spending a few minutes on our web site can save you hours of research. Cut your specification time while getting site amenities that set the standard for craftsmanship, durability, and aesthetics. Partner with Thomas Steele for site furnishings that reflect your vision.
Company: Thomas Steele
Product: Monona Series
Accuride movement solutions can be found everywhere, but especially in automobiles. This video uses 3D modeling to show how those movement solutions are seamlessly applied into passenger vehicles. Accuride slide applications can be found in glove compartments, under-seat compartments, moveable armrests, and more.
Accuride International designs and manufactures precision ball-bearing drawer slides for industrial, commercial, or residential needs. All our slides are engineered in-house by our excellent R&D team so we can continue to develop innovative movement solutions.
GM • Nissan • Volvo • Mercedes-Benz • Skoda • Ford • BMW • Jaguar • and More
Accuride is a development partner and Tier 2 supplier of automotive and transportation sliding systems that are incorporated into millions of vehicles. We work closely with manufacturers, interior suppliers, and design and engineering specialists to develop solutions that enhance comfort, increase access, optimize space, and expand storage options. Applications are varied, including solutions such as:
- Sliding armrests
- Variable-height consoles
- Seat cushion adjustment
- Under-seat storage
- Cargo trays
- Loading platforms
- Secured storage
Special features such as self-closing, soft-close, touch release, and electronic locking to control access add another layer of refinement to designs. Be sure to check out the automotive application solutions to find out more about the benefits Accuride products bring to designs.
Moving Interiors –Automotive Sliding Systems
See how Accuride slides can be used to add a sense of luxury throughout automotive interiors. Our slides stay secure even while in motion and hold up to daily use even in extreme conditions such as changes in temperature, vibration, and more.
Additional Automotive Solutions:
Company: Accuride International
The new Waldorf bench is elegant with sensible function. It features top-notch materials and construction. The Waldorf™ bench frames are made of durable cast, and come with a wide variety of seating materials. The Waldorf™ bench seating materials feature 5/8” Diameter Steel Rod or ¼ x 1 ½” Steel Bar or 1 x 2 1/2 and 1 x 3 Board Profiles. The frame is constructed of 3 ½” Wide Cast. The benches are available in lengths of 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8 feet. The 8 foot bench has an optional center arm and leg. Seating material choices include Steel Rod, Horizontal Straps, Vertical Straps, Ipe Wood, and Recycled Plastic, with powder coat finish in a wide choice of colors.
Company: Thomas Steele
The season of giving is upon us, and with that comes an increase in sales–as well as an increase in shrinkage across the retail industry. Shrinkage is the loss of inventory often attributed to theft. That’s especially so in the holiday season, as indicated by loss prevention specialist Ernie Deyle’s holiday season forecast. As Deyle explains, the holiday season is a time when “people tend to rationalize immoral behavior like shoplifting. It’s much easier to do so when a child’s Christmas present is at stake rather than an extra bathing suit for the summer.”
According to Deyle’s research, shrinkage increases to about 38% during the holiday season from 22% the previous quarter. With that in mind, loss prevention managers and operations managers everywhere are constantly looking for solutions to reduce shrinkage and increase profit. Deyle’s report advises retailers employ technology to stabilize inventory loss and ensure shelf availability while enhancing retail display security.
With how fast technology is advancing, it’s no surprise that loss prevention technology is evolving at such an exponential rate. Even small convenience stores are capable of running facial recognition technology. According to Tyco Integrated Security’s director of business development, Lee Pernice, “RFID is something else that is not new to retail, but it has come a long way in both cost and use cases.”
How Senseon Can Help?
Senseon Secure Access is one of the ways RFID technology has evolved over the years. Senseon systems lock and unlock up to 15 doors or cabinet drawers simultaneously with the tap of an RFID card or fob. This inconspicuous, easy-to-install secure access system can be the solution to a wide array of retail shrinkage troubles.
Senseon Secure Access can be programmed to support up to 100 users, including five administrators. Employees thus have ready access to merchandise on the sales floor, rather than having to wait for a manager with a key to retrieve customer’s items. In addition, a lost or missing key is no problem: an administrator can program or delete card/fob access instantly.
Loss prevention has the potential to move forward as a cost-saver and a time-saver for retailers across the world. With Senseon Secure Access retailers can be sure that all their inventory will be secure this busy shopping season.
Company: Accuride International
Product: Senseon Secure Access Control
In the true spirit of the Reverie collection, Camille provides functionality with a minimalistic design aesthetic. Its slim profile, solid steel frame with exceptionally high recycled content, and use of genuine IPE wood slats, makes for sleek design, with longevity in mind.
The 31 in (787 mm) tall tables are available with either a 3 x 3 ft (.91 x .91 m), 4 x 3 ft (1.2 x .91 m), 6 x 3 ft (1.8 x .91 m) or 8 x 3 ft (2.4 x .91 m) rectangle table top. 8 ft (2.4 m) length includes center leg.
Backless bench is available in 2, 4, 6 or 8 ft (.61, 1.2, 1.8 or 2.4 m) length. 8 ft (2.4 m) length includes center leg.
Company: Victor Stanley
Durability, strength, appearance, and overall maintenance are some of the most important things to consider before purchasing just any outdoor commercial grade furnishings.
There is a difference between residential furniture and commercial furniture. Commercial site furnishings get a lot more wear and tear, and as a result need to be much stronger. After all, you could be held liable if something happens to one of your customers while using furniture at your place of business.
Commercial grade furnishings need to be strong enough to support all sizes of people. The last thing you want is for someone to fall and become injured due to an improperly made bench or chair.
Ask These Questions When Buying Commercial Grade Outdoor Furniture
1. How Durable Is It?
Quality commercial furniture should be highly durable. While a regular old plastic chair may last a few years in someone’s backyard, it may not last more than a week at a commercial location. For one, it will get consistent use day in and day out. Secondly, people are much harder on commercial furniture than on their furniture at home. Commercial furniture must be prepared to take on constant hits, knocks and stains.
2. Is The Design Functional And Representative Of Your Clientele?
What age group does your establishment serve? A preschool is going to need different site furnishings than a retirement home or trendy restaurant. The outdoor furniture you purchase must align with the needs of your target audience. For instance, benches are available in different heights and sizes; some are backless while others offer additional back support.
Know all of your options and ask yourself: Which is going to be the most comfortable, safe and overall effective option for the people that’ll use it most?
Do you want chairs attached to benches or welded into the ground? Or, do you prefer more portable options? If your business is located in an area with theft concerns, you may want to consider the attached option to help prevent potential criminal activity.
3. Is It Made From Recycled Materials?
Going green is on everyone’s radar right now, which means you’re in luck when it comes to finding quality commercial furnishings made from recycled materials. Our products are recyclable and they are made from recycled materials. Our darkest furnishings can be made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials. We value the American economy, which is why we manufacture all of our products right here in the States with a focus on eco-friendly and sustainable practices.
4. How Much Weight Can Furniture Withstand?
Commercial furniture must be able to withstand more weight than your typical residential furniture. It’s always a good idea to inquire about weight limits to ensure there are no issues.
5. Is 5% Of Your Seating Wheelchair Accessible?
The Americans with Disabilities Act enforces the implementation of wheelchair and handicapped accessible facilities for all businesses. This important Act covers everything from movie theaters to restaurants to grocery stores. Regardless of business size or location, if it’s in the US and open to the public, it must comply with the laws outlined by the ADA. This applies to restaurants, playgrounds, patios, picnic areas and so forth.
There are no “grandfather provisions” that can get existing facilities around these regulations, which includes doors, entrances, parking lots and many other aspects of your business, including fixed seating and tables.
If your business provides tables, benches or other seating that is affixed to the wall or floor, you must ensure that 5% are wheelchair accessible. If there are less than 20 tables provided, you must have at least one that is wheelchair accessible. One way to accomplish this is to use portable chairs that can be moved out of the way in exchange for a wheelchair.
A wheelchair-accessible table is no more than 34-inches tall and no shorter than 28-inches tall. The distance between the floor and the underside of the table must measure at least 27-inches. If you have multiple wheelchair-friendly site furnishings, they must be evenly distributed. It’s illegal to segregate people with disabilities to one section of your establishment.
6. How Much Maintenance Will It Require?
Maintenance will vary based upon the materials used to craft outdoor furniture. Some materials require a lot more maintenance than others. For instance, wood furniture is going to require regular coats of protective sealant and consistent inspections to ensure it is not splintering or rotting.
On the other hand, our specially formulated resin made from LLDPE is one of the lowest maintenance materials on the market. There is virtually nothing you have to do to preserve it, and it’ll last a long time without any additional effort or maintenance. Not to mention, it can be made to imitate a wide variety of materials, such as stone, without the added maintenance concerns.
7. How Long Will It Last?
The average life expectancy of commercial grade outdoor furnishings will clue you in to when you’ll have to replace furniture. Outfitting a business in all new furniture is no small expense, so it’s better for your bank account if furniture lasts a long time. Inquire about warranties in order to get a good idea of how long furniture really lasts. For instance, if a company claims a certain chair can last 10-years, but it is only covered by a 3-month warranty, it’s time to get suspicious.
8. Is It Made By TerraCast?
TerraCast Products remain the proud leaders of long-lasting, sustainable commercial site furnishings for outdoors or indoors. All of our products are made in the US using the highest quality materials and most sustainable manufacturing processes. We take great pride in the long-term durability of our unmatched resin-based products.
Company: TerraCast Products LLC
Energize your outdoor space with The Battery Collection from Maglin. Featuring the exclusive chair design of New York’s The Battery Conservancy, this collection delivers the perfect combination of fresh, unique design and comfortable ease.
Comfort and style go hand in hand- The Battery Collection lets guests mingle, move around and gather in arrangements of any size, from solitary to sociable.
Recharge your space with a splash of color
Available in five vibrant colors, The Battery Collection lets you mix and match for the effect you want. (Also available in Maglin standard colors.)
Chairs Designer Andrew Jones created The Battery Chair in response to The Conservancy’s need for moveable outdoor seating on the Oval Lawn. His model was crowned the winner of The Conservancy’s chair design competition, having been selected out of 679 entries from 15 countries. Imagining a field of chairs creating a changeable, exciting landscape, he developed a design that is poised to become a contemporary icon: playful yet refined, comfortable yet elegant.
Contact Maglin today to learn more about The Battery Collection.
Company: Maglin Site Furniture
Register for a FREE Senseon Secure Access webinar: transforming lock and key systems for commercial environments
Invisible Access Control. Security without restrictions.
The new Senseon Secure Access Control System is an invisible electronic lock security access system. Utilizing radio-frequency identification (RFID), Senseon can achieve greater levels of security, efficiency, and reliability than traditional lock and key systems. Senseon is a commercial-grade system that is easy to program, install and use. Senseon will adapt to the way you do business. No integration or modification to your business’ existing security system is required. Comprised of several modular components, Senseon requires no electrical or wiring knowledge.
Register now for our free informational webinar:
an Introduction to Senseon Secure Access
The smart successor to the traditional lock and key is here. Find out how Senseon can streamline your business operation, reduce theft, and enhance the customer experience during our FREE webinar! Attendees will learn:
- What is Senseon
- How Senseon works
- How your customers and your business can profit from Senseon
- How it uses proven RFID technology
Company: Accuride International
New Enhanced 3800 Slides
The 3800 slide series family is a staple in the Accuride line of world-class slides. The 3800 series has load ratings up to 100 lbs., features a lever disconnect, and is offered in up to 3 different finishes. Accuride recently enhanced and re-engineered some of the 3800 models for better strength and fluid movement.
The following 8 models make up Accuride’s 3800 Series:
- Hold-in Detent prevents drawers from unwanted roll-outs
- Offered in even lengths from 6” to 28”
- Production Packaging for lengths 10” to 28”
- Recently enhanced
- Brings drawers to a quiet, gentle close
- Offered in even lengths from 14” to 28”
- Recently enhanced
- Closes drawers and keeps them closed
- Offered in even lengths from 12” to 28”
- Pull-out shelves and drawers are opened with touch activation.
- Offered in even lengths from 12” to 28”
- Special detent out holds drawers or pull out shelves in an open position.
- Offered in even lengths from 10” to 28”
- Special coating provides 8x more protection than standard zinc plating
- Ball retainer, ball bearings and rivets are made of stainless steel
- Offered in even lengths from 10” to 28”
Authorized Accuride Distributor
This year, bisco became the newest authorized Accuride distributor stocking hundreds of slides in our 7 distribution centers. bisco’s e-commerce site allows you to shop for slides based on slide type, load bearing limits and series numbers. Visit bisco online today to learn more and check price and availability.
Company: Accuride International
Christi Rogers curated and designed a spectacular room designated as the "Pantry Bar" which incorporated whimsical elements into a "traditional" space making it one of the most popular rooms within the Showhouse! Artwork by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring as well as several fun Kaws pieces along with a specialty bar serving Bourbon and Absinthe libations and DJ spinning tunes for guests.
Architectural Grille fabricated "honeycomb" or hex-shaped shelves from steel with a clear metallic brass powder coat finish - what do you think?
The intricate "Pantry Bar" metalwork structure consisted of "twigs" steel panels finished in the same clear metallic brass powder coat finish as the "honeycomb" hex-shelves - these panels had concealed lights built-into the structure to add shadows onto the bar and overall space adding an extra design dimension to the room.
Company: Architectural Grille
Landscape Forms is pleased to introduce the Cochran group, relaxed outdoor furniture designed by award-winning landscape architect Andrea Cochran. The new product joins the Terrace Life group, Landscape Forms lifestyle furniture for sophisticated, high-value outdoor spaces. Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford, explains, “We chose to partner with Andrea Cochran because we like the architectural sensibility of her landscape work. The Cochran group has the Zen-like quality of her landscapes. We set out to design a modern classic and I think that’s what we have. It’s furniture for protected public spaces that is so elegant, you might want to take it home.”
Cochran includes a lounge, side chair with arms and low table that give the term “casual elegance” fresh meaning. Cochran is a natural for outdoor spaces where cache, comfort, and camaraderie are prized, from the corporate campus to refined hospitality settings. Andrea Cochran explains the spirit behind the design: “This is about how people live today. They would rather sit comfortably in a low chair or lounge with their phone or laptop than at a high table. In that spirit we designed the chair to be wider than typical, so it feels generous and a little expansive.”
The Cochran elements have subtly sculpted cast aluminum frames that support engineered mesh fabric seats and Landscape Forms proprietary Meldstone™ tabletops. Kirt Martin, Landscape Forms Vice President of Design and Marketing, explains, “The design is very clean, modern and, like Andrea’s landscape architecture, it is timeless. The Cochran pieces are stripped of any unnecessary noise. This is design that allows you to get comfortable and simply experience being outdoors.”
Cochran is engineered to meet the demands of today’s active commercial environments. The lounge and chair’s strong continuous-loop cast frame supports a cast aluminum rail that stretches and holds the mesh seating fabric and is secured to the frame with discreet connections. The replaceable fabric is Phifertex® Plus, a nylon weave that has strength, color, stain and mildew resistance, and UV protection. A ¼” reveal between the structural frame and fabric rail is repeated on the table between frame and top – giving all pieces a “floating” quality. The complementary 24” Cochran table with legs and polished MeldStone™ ultra high-performance cast concrete tops can be used singly or grouped effectively to create sociable settings. Cochran group elements are manufactured using sustainable materials and processes. Aluminum frames contain 100% recycled material and are fully recyclable. Cast concrete is a natural material. Aluminum parts in the standard color palette are finished with Landscape Forms proprietary Pangard II ® HAPS, VOC, lead-free polyester powdercoat. Phifertex® Plus is GREENGUARD Gold Certified.
About Andrea Cochran
Andrea Cochran, FASLA, is founder and principal of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, based in San Francisco. The firm, which has earned wide acclaim for its public, commercial and residential work, is recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 ASLA Design Medal, the 2104 National Design Award in Landscape Architecture from the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and multiple regional and national ASLA awards. The work of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture sculpts and navigates space through a seamless integration of landscape, art and architecture. The work draws boundaries with a controlled palette of materials, creating permeable edges that blur the line between the natural and built environment. Spare geometry applied to vibrant plant life results in sharp compositional order. This exercise in restraint heightens a sense of the elements—texture, light and movement.
About Landscape Forms
Landscape Forms is the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting. Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. The Landscape Forms U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan with sales representatives throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Asia. Landscape Forms collaborates with renowned industrial designers and consultancies, landscape architects, and architects to design and develop integrated collections of products that address emerging needs and help create a sense of place. Additionally, the company has formed global marketing partnerships with select companies that share its commitment to design. Landscape Forms has an installed base of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses; and familiar brand leaders such as Boeing, Cisco Systems, Disney, Sprint, American Airlines, Herman Miller and Nike. The company was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 15 Small Workplaces in the US.
Company: Landscape Forms Inc.