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Building Upgrades: Office and Meeting Furniture

The RFP for design services required &Co to determine the suitability for reuse of private office and systems furniture products and miscellaneous furniture vs. the purchase of new furniture, with consideration given to budget and environment as deciding factors. &Co determined that retaining and re-using the existing furniture in the private offices, comprising wood case good suites, was not optimal in the short term, given constraints within the new building, nor in the long term, given flexibility concerns, image and significant anticipated change in future utility requirements. It was further determined that the open office workstation areas and the 15-year-old Teknion TOS systems would not work optimally in the new or final future setups. However, LEED® points would be awarded for the reuse of 30 per cent of the furniture. To achieve this, workstation and office chairs (2005 vintage), meeting tables and filing systems have been refurbished and are being reused where possible.

The RFP for the move management required that the successful proponent give the old furniture to charity. Quality Moving arranged with various foundations, churches and other not-for profits to get the furniture. Quality Moving moved the furniture and typically set it up.

&Co also developed generic furniture standard footprints into detailed specifications for pricing, coordinated site tours with the staff team with bidders for furniture supply. Inscape’s Planna Desking System was chosen for all open workstations and private offices. As noted by the manufacturer, Inscape:

“Planna is a high-design alternative to traditional desking products:

  • Off-modular floating tops
  • 1.5” interior incremental adjustability
  • Exceptional storage capacity
  • Easily reconfigurable
  • Integrates with any furniture system for infinite planning options
  • Steel construction for long-lasting durability
  • Manufactured with high recycled content steel and can be recycled at the end of its life cycle
  • Multiple applications - private offices, reception, open plan and benching”

In addition to office workstations, meeting room tables and chairs were purchased. Some of the features of these items include tables with flip tops and castors and chairs with flip seats and castors. This allows the furniture to be easily moved, allowing for easy reconfiguration of meeting rooms and provides compact storage when not in use.

Inherent in all design and construction decisions as well as choices of products for 40 Sheppard is the necessity to be LEED® compliant. All furniture purchased for 40 Sheppard is LEED® compliant. Jim Lord BBA, FCIP, LEED AP, SMaRT AP, Principal of Ecovert Sustainability Consultants remarked:

“Sustainability is at the heart of PEO’s master plan of transforming its headquarters at 40 Sheppard Avenue West. The end result will be a smart, state of the art, energy efficient facility with a superior indoor working environment. Ecovert is delighted to act as PEO’s LEED Consultant in pursuing Commercial Interiors certification for their offices.”