Office Furniture Center Case Studies
Herman Miller AO2 Retrofitting: Adding Stacking Glass Panels to Raise Height of Workstations
A local manufacturing company had a dilemma – how to adapt their existing Herman Miller AO2 workstations to meet company-mandated COVID-19 protocols so their staff could safety return to the office. Not satisfied with the options proposed by other furniture and plexiglass makers, they reached to the office reconfiguration experts at Office Furniture Center for a cost-effective solution.
Our team first met with their HR and facilities personnel to get an in-depth understanding of the scope of project. We next presented an option to raise the height of lower panels to full height using glass stacking units. Within a week of contract award, our design team produced a set of 2D and 3D line drawings of the “to-be” layout of all the workstations so the client could review and revise the plan as needed. Within three weeks of contract award, Office Furniture Center had all parts for over 100 workstations ready for delivery and install.
Office Furniture Center’s labor services division, MAC Relocations, performed the work to implement the changes to their existing workstations to the new configuration. In less than two weeks, MAC’s team of professional installers modified the stations to the new configuration. Over 1,000 parts were added or replaced. All work was done on-premises to minimize both cost and time; this also allowed client representatives to inspect the work and end product as it was being done. In less than 30 days from the time of first engagement, the Office Furniture Center team had completely transformed a non-compliant space into one that met all requirements allowing employees to safety return to the office.
“Office Furniture Center really came in clutch with their proposal to do the work. We were very unsatisfied with a number of other offers, and glad we kept on searching. Our stations look exactly like we hoped they would. I cannot thank OFC & MAC enough for their efforts.” - Customer Testimonial
A Unique Branded Storefront for Employees to Shop for Work From Home Furniture
A local Fortune 500 company in Chicago needed an online marketplace which allowed them to offer specific ergonomic furniture options to their employees as they worked from home. They turned to Office Furniture Center to provide both the technology and the product set.
Leveraging OFC’s robust eCommerce platform, it was an easy process for us to create a unique branded storefront for our partners to utilize with their employees. The site incorporated a secure URL which allowed the client to be confident that only their employees could shop and purchase the furniture.
The product offering was carefully curated to provide the best value to the client’s employees. Office Furniture Center maintains thousands of ergonomic chairs and desks that are ideal for employees who need to work from home
The webstore was open for a limited time and allowed for in-store pickup or delivery. Employees found the online experience simple and quick and pick up or delivery a breeze.
“Thank you so much for all your assistance in the sale. Your team has gone above and beyond. I really appreciate it. It has made my job easier!" - Company Executive
When Able Electropolishing decided it was time to upgrade their space, they turned to Office Furniture Center to help them give them the solution they were looking at the price that didn’t break the bank!
Office Furniture Center’s furniture specialist and designer initially met with Able’s CEO Tom Glass and his team to first understand their vision for their space, to discuss options for the existing furniture assets and they plan to making the new space happen. The OFC presented options for furniture to meet Able’s budget and timing considerations as well as drawings on how the furniture would be laid out in the space. Able chose OFC’s refurbished Ethospace frame and tile system using contemporary fabrics, laminates and color schemes to give them a modern, clean and open feel.
Over the course a weekend, OFC’s MAC Relocations team came in and removed the old furniture assets, delivered and installed the new furniture pieces. On Monday morning, Able’s staff was able to move into their new space and begin enjoying their furniture immediately.
Girls Inc. of Chicago
A nonprofit organization in Chicago, Girls Inc., needed a new look office that was modern, utilized color to incorporate the company’s branding, and was at an affordable price to stay within their budget, so they partnered with Office Furniture Center to get exactly the office they wanted for less.
Office Furniture Center’s space planning team worked closely with the nonprofit to understand exactly what their needs were. This included an office visit to get a feel for the aesthetic of the room as well as taking measurements to ensure the proper office layout. The product utilized included refurbished Herman Miller Ethospace workstations with custom red and white panels that match their company colors. The seated privacy setup gives the office a more open feel and has resulted in a more productive, collaborative work atmosphere.
The final step was to get everything delivered and installed. Our partner company MAC Logistics delivered and completely installed the entire office smoothly and efficiently so that the nonprofit was able to finish its week with the old office and start its week in the new office with no disruptions to its activities.
Howard Packaging came to the Office Furniture Center showroom on a Saturday in search of 12 workstations with seating, desks to furnish 4 private offices, vertical & lateral files, and additional ancillary furniture for a breakroom and a library. His company had experienced a pipe burst in their office. The water was over 20” high and had ruined the entire space. Acquiring quality furniture in a tight-timeframe was imperative to recovery efforts and ensuring that business was not lost as a result of unforeseen circumstances.
By the following Monday afternoon, a custom draft of the office and quotes were created by our design specialists and sales team. On Tuesday morning, the quote was signed-off on and installation by our in-house specialists, MAC Relocations was arranged. Given the circumstances, our team was able to prioritize and seamlessly execute furnishing an entire office from start-to-finish in just over one-week.
Installation was completed by MAC Relocations on the following Monday, allowing business to resume as usual at Howard Packaging.