College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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Flexible Furnishings Play Role in Art Classrooms F OR OVER A DECADE, and in multiple departments, classroom tables and storage cabinets from Lista International have played a central role in the creation of the ideastimulating environment at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). SAIC offers a complete spectrum of fine arts programs, all requiring different skills and processes. But there's one thing almost all of these programs have in common. Says Tom Buechele, associate vice president of Facilities, Operations, and Planning at the School, "Most of our classroom furniture is Lista. In fact, we have Lista Work Tables in almost every department, including Fashion; Visual Communications; Printmaking; Ceramics; and Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Design Objects (AIADO). We've also purchased a range of Lista storage equipment, including different size cabinets that are used as student lockers, sliding door cabinets with countertops that serve the dual purpose of storage and workspace, and the Storage Wall System for the lithography area. I don't think there's a department that doesn't have, at minimum, a Lista cabinet." Lista International is a leading manufacturer of modular workstations and storage solutions with headquarters in Holliston, MA. The School's attachment to Lista began in the early '90s when Buechele was looking to replace some older work stations in the School's graduate studios. "The price point was very attractive," Buechele recalls, "but it was the sheer quality and durability of the Lista products that overwhelmed us. Schools are a very hard environment for furniture, especially where students are constantly using the table to perform different tasks." Classroom Tables' heavy-duty casters can provide users with complete mobility, while outlets and digital communication connections can be integrated in the leg. Butcher block worksurfaces can be sanded down to provide a new finish after hard use by a variety of classes. Lista's Classroom Tables are designed to provide a rugged and aesthetically pleasing solution for a variety of classrooms, but are particularly well suited for art and architecture applications. The Classroom Tables can be custom-configured with a range of options and accessories. www.listaintl.com New Athletic Lockers Foster Winning Environment "W E WANTED recruits and players to feel good about what they see — it's a 'Wow!' feeling when you walk in — and our GearBoss lockers really accomplish this," says Jeff Stapleton, senior associate athletic director for Internal Operations at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Monmouth's new Multipurpose Athletic Center features more than 340 GearBoss wood lockers from Wenger, installed in 13 different locker rooms. When evaluating different locker manufacturers, Stapleton says the number of available options with GearBoss lockers was very attractive. "Other companies didn't offer these upgrades," he recalls. "Our new lockers are first-class — we're very impressed!" Monmouth's Division I athletic program serves between 350 and 400 athletes during a school year; one of the teams appreciating the new locker rooms is women's basketball. "Not only is our new locker room larger with more space, these new GearBoss lockers give the room a fi rst-class, professional look," declares Head Coach Stephanie V. Gaitley. These new lockers include features that help contribute to a more sanitary environment. "Being able to wipe down the GearBoss lockers is very important," states Stapleton. From alumni donors to potential recruits, facilities can make a powerful impact. "It's a huge factor in recruiting," says Coach Gaitley. "I think your facilities indicate your school's commitment to excellence and striving to be the best you can be." The women's basketball team now uses their locker room for showing recruits the team's highlight tape, for the family Q&A Women's basketball Head Coach Stephanie V. Gaitley says that players like having a place to lock their personal items; air vents in the bottom of the locker help dry shoes. session, and also as a gathering space. "The locker room and lounge help present a first-class image, which I think is part of building your team," she concludes. "I believe there's a connection between looking good and feeling good that extends to your team's whole persona; our new locker room certainly complements that." CPM www.wengercorp.com Look for more Case Histories online at www.webCPM.com DECEMBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 49

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