Every piece of purchased furniture combined has a very large impact on the University’s budget. UConn's spend on furniture has historically ranged from approximately $1.5 million- $3.5 million per year for FY12-FY16. This, along with the tough economical times the University is faced with, reinforces the fact that how we purchase and what we pay matters now more than ever.
In 2011 a Furniture Sourcing Team was formed to analyze spending patterns, research options, and develop standards. With changes as simple as fabric offerings, paint finishes, wood laminate, and faux leather options, costs have been greatly reduce costs over the last few years. Now we need to do more.
In an effort to provide a wider selection of options while maintaining costs, Procurement Services launched an initiative to award a new furniture contract that will offer the option to purchase dorm, classroom and office furnishings from multiple vendors at better prices. Additional information on this initiative will be shared once each contract is awarded. In the meantime, you have options...
New Systems Workstations
May be purchased off State Contract #10PSX0253 which was awarded to multiple vendors including: American Seating, Herman Miller, Kimball, Knoll, Steelcase and Teknion. [excluding chairs]
Freestanding Office and Dormitory Furniture
Pre-Owned or Refurbished Furniture:
- Correctional Enterprises of Connecticut [11PSX0107AA]
- Lyco, Inc. [11PSX0107AB]
- Transfer Enterprises, Inc. [11PSX0107AD]
- W. B. Mason, Inc. [11PSX0107AE]
If you have any questions relating to the purchase of furniture, please contact the Procurement Team Contact for this category group, Janel Wright