As the summer quickly comes to an end, and as students prepare for another school year, college campuses around the nation are putting the finishing touches on summer renovation projects.
One campus, in particular, has been working around the clock to ensure there will be as little disruption as possible once students and faculty arrive in late August – Boston University (BU). At the moment, the university has more than 20 construction projects to complete in its Charles River Campus, summing up to a grand total of $70 million.
While BU’s renovations vary, from building a new athletic field to reupholstering living and dining room furniture in its high-rise ‘Student Village’ apartments, one principal remains the same – all of the projects aim to be as sustainable as possible. For example, the university has complied with green practices including using low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, installing carpet made from recycled materials, and investing in both energy-efficient lighting and Energy Star-certified appliances.
For other colleges and universities looking to renovate before summer’s end – and before students and staff quickly shuffle back onto campus – a similar, cost-effective solution is available: furniture asset management. Through best practice services – like furniture refinishing, re-upholstery and remanufacturing – higher education institutions can create new sustainable looks in dormitories, offices and student lounges, but at a fraction of the cost and disruption when compared to buying new.
By investing in The Refinishing Touch’s award-winning furniture asset management services, our past collegiate clients have saved over 80 percent in total project expenditure, when compared to what they would have spent if they had purchased new furniture. In addition to the cost savings, our experienced team can complete up to 20 rooms per day using our safe, low VOC lacquers – meaning a campus can avoid significant downtime and continue housing prospective students during orientation and other visitors during the summer.