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2012 College Housing Report: 70% say they will upgrade campus furniture in the next five years

Education AheadBased on data from 50 current campus housing construction projects, the 2012 annual College Housing Report published by College Planning & Management magazine highlights residence halls across America. With a sharp focus on statistics, reasoning and projections for the future, the report provides industry professionals, such as The Refinishing Touch, with a well-rounded knowledge of the market.

This year, the value of furniture asset management services to the higher education sector was proven again and again. When asked what types of renovations or upgrades universities are considering in the next three to five years, 70% said furniture and furnishings replacement. Furthermore, with nearly 96% of budgets going to construction costs, fees and other expenses, furniture and furnishings are costing institutions between 2 – 6%. This margin represents tens of thousands of dollars universities could be saving by opting for sustainable furniture asset management services, such as refinishing and re-upholstery.

In fact, College Planning & Management magazine predicts one of the top five issues that chief housing officers will face in the next three to five years is the need to modernize facilities. Retaining current students and attracting prospective students depends largely on the quality and appeal of housing.

Refinishing, remanufacturing and re-upholstery provide a variety of options to housing staff looking to revamp dorms and public spaces on campus. Over the course of the past 35 years, we’ve see the positive effects of upcycling existing assets on budgets, green ratings and student satisfaction.

As the report adequately states, the housing ‘experience’ is key. We hope to work with these 70% whom are looking ahead to furniture and furnishing replacement in the coming years to restore assets – and attitudes – to like-new condition.

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A new take on facilities: how universities can re-vamp for longevity

In a recent article featured in Building Design and Construction, Peter Fabris, contributing editor, discusses the way campuses are morphing into flexible, high-tech environments to accommodate and excite students, staff and visitors.

PIPs are on the rise in the hospitality industry.Facilities managers have longed for flexibility within their walls for a long time. The ability to reconfigure spaces to meet individual needs and ensure that design, efficiency and the environmental impact are continuously up to date provides establishments with a competitive edge.

After taking a deeper look into the driving forces behind the recent trends, Fabris found that ‘the pressure to hold costs down as rising tuition and fees outpace tuition’ was high on the list. As colleges and universities strive for longevity and flexibility on a budget, it is important that they consider all angles.

Furniture asset management not only holds cost down (by up to 80%), but the process also paves the way for heightened green rankings – due in part to The Refinishing Touch’s low-VOC lacquers and waste reduction – and eradicates facility downtime.

Our long list of customers in the higher education sector have reaped the benefits associated with furniture refinishing, re-upholstering and remanufacturing – because of the cost-savings associated with re-purposing, rather than buying new, schools are able to reallocate budgets and improve student life even more.

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Construction: when will it go green?

With an increasing demand for eco-friendly practices, many industries have already begun their own initiatives in an effort to increase and standardize sustainability. With continued advancements, both socially and technologically, going green is a reality for many sectors. However, not all industries have had such luck. One industry in particular has come under fire for the little advancements that have been made in innovation and green practices: construction.

According to an article by Construction Digital, over the past few decades the construction industry has seen little movement towards green building. Although the demand for green building has increased and much of the appropriate technology is available, construction has not changed in the ways other industries have. Many have argued that the construction industry has not become more environmentally friendly due to the high costs of replacing machinery, an area which largely has seen little to zero new technology. 

Despite its past, the construction sector has a hopeful future. Sustainable technology continues to advance (as well as become less expensive) and will soon help to ease the transition into green building. However, one issue for green building that has remained unresolved is the translation from digital designs to physical materials. Exciting new technologies such as 3D printing is emerging as a technology that can speed up the building process and most likely require little man power. This technology is already being applied around the world—a 30 story skyscraper was recently completed in less than 360 hours in China using similar technology.

While as a refinishing and refurbishing company, we try to incorporate as many sustainable practices into our business as possible, we also understand those practices aren’t as plausible for other industries. We hope that the construction industry continues to look for sustainably alternatives to help it catch up with the demand for green building and structures as well as seek out new, emerging technologies to help it get there.