As a leader in furniture asset management services to public and private organizations in both the US and Canada, The Refinishing Touch’s Toronto office was intrigued to see that the Canadian federal government is set to spend upwards of $2.2 million on 1,600 pieces of custom wood furniture to outfit the offices of 70 members of Parliament.
As long-standing providers of refinishing and remanufacturing to the government sector, we understand that, when it becomes essential to replace assets, quality matters.
Heather Bradley from Speaker Andrew Scheer’s office echoed this sentiment when she stated: “Furnishings should be made of good quality materials so they are durable and they should make the most of the heritage spaces for which they are designed.”
The fact remains that higher quality assets last longer and yield higher returns on investment than pieces of lower quality, which tend to have a higher turnover. Furthermore, when an asset is built to last, the life extension given it by refinishing, repurposing or remanufacturing down the line is significantly higher as well – more than doubling the average furniture lifespan.
These particular custom pieces require high standards of care that must meet the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada’s standards for premium grade hardwood lumber. Although refinishing is the preferred way to preserve assets, save costs and reduce carbon emissions and landfill waste, high-quality assets are always recommended for institutions looking to replace.
Would you like to learn more about The Refinishing Touch’s refinishing, reupholstery and remanufacturing projects completed in the government sector? Take a look on our website here.