College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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CaseHistories REAL-WORLD SOLUTIONS Specialized Equipment Built To Perform "W E'RE VERY HAPPY with all our OnBoard products," says Brad Furlano, executive director of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps of La Crosse, WI. "As a director, I appreciate how they are solidly built to handle what we do, which is the extreme of the marching arts activities." Wenger developed OnBoard Transport Carts to suit the specialized needs and equipment of marching bands, drum corps, and similar groups. OnBoard Carts are designed to facilitate transportation, logistics, and storage, saving time and pro- tecting valuable equipment. Seven different OnBoard Cart models are currently avail- able for instruments, uniforms, equipment, and other gear. One of the newest additions to the On- Board product family, the OnBoard Field Podium, provides a commanding vantage point for rehearsals and competitions. Furlano adds that the wheel system is very easy to roll, lock, and make stable. During transport, the Field Podium is easy to handle, with logical places to grab. "There aren't many pinch points or places where our members could potentially get injured," he explains. Like many of the Blue Stars, Eric Sabach grew up with Wenger products as a musi- cian in school. "While sturdy and durable, OnBoard carts are also very lightweight and mobile," says the former corps direc- tor/director of youth programs. Sabach says the OnBoard Speaker Cart also makes adjusting the speaker angle easy, even while speakers are on the cart. To move gongs, the Blue Stars found that carts designed for indoor concerts sometimes broke down after just a few per- formances. The OnBoard Bass Drum/Gong Cart is very durable and well thought-out, according to Sabach. Furlano's appreciation of Wenger's cus- tomer support is matched by his confi dence Furniture Is an Asset W HEN CONSIDERING assets, most administra- tors and universities think of properties or investments. But what many do not realize is furniture is a valuable, tangible asset of many higher education institutions. Oftentimes, in the interest of updating and renovating, many universities and colleges consider buying new furniture — the old "rip and replace" way of thinking — without realizing that they will be throwing away furniture that is often more valuable due to its quality, craftsmanship, and longev- ity. Furniture asset management through refinishing, reupholstery, and remanu- facturing is an option now considered by many more universities and education institutions. CO2 Aside from the obvious reduction of emissions, many university decision makers are starting to realize fi scal advan - tages of making environmentally sound choices. One of The Refi nishing Touch's fi rst Leadership in Energy and Environ- mental Design (LEED) projects was at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, VA. By refi nishing and re - manufacturing 75 existing wood wall units instead of buying new units, EMU realized a cost savings of 78.6 percent. Similarly, Georgetown University in Washington, DC, realized an 82.6 percent cost savings by choosing to refi nish furniture instead of buying new furniture. The idea of furniture asset management is based on core business principles. By taking advantage of environmentally safe Look for more Case Histories online at 76 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM "OnBoard products are engineered to be sturdy, last a long time, and stand up to a heavy travel schedule," says Eric Sabach, who participated in a Wenger-sponsored focus group about the development of the OnBoard product line. "This process proved to me that Wenger really listens […] and strives to create products that meet our needs." in OnBoard products. "Everyone at Wenger is wonderful to work with and their service has been outstanding," he concludes. "When we're going to a performance, we don't worry about our OnBoard equipment because it's rock solid." By refi nishing and remanufacturing 75 existing wood wall units instead of buying new units, Eastern Mennonite University realized a cost savings of 78.6 percent. on-site furniture renovations — such as refi nishing, modifi cation, and remanufac- turing — many universities see fast turn- arounds on renovation projects and avoid disposing of valuable, solidly built pieces. www.therefi

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