Monday, June 21, 2004

Today’s Tenants Benefit from Bringing Furniture Providers into the Planning Mix

By Dan Morley, president/principal, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi)

In Corporate America today large and small companies alike are using the design of their offices to communicate a positive image to employees, stockholders, customers and peers - making the design process a critical component in effectively and efficiently conveying this key message.

In the office space planning stages, more often than not, architects and tenants overlook furniture procurement, which can lead to serious blunders in the process and can considerably delay completion and occupancy dates. Due to an absence of conversation between architect and the furniture provider during the design phase, offices can be designed in a non-standard size requiring custom sized furniture when standard furniture sizes have already been agreed upon. The lack of coordination can cost the client time and money, adding to unnecessary stress.

As such, it is imperative to secure a smart, experienced furniture provider at the beginning of the design process. Furniture providers are proactive and work side-by-side with the architects, tenants and brokers to meet construction document requirements, the desired corporate image and time constraints. This role in the design process is so unique that we can suggest specific furniture materials, sizes and functions to reflect the needs and specifications of customers. Additionally, furniture providers can get the best bids on furniture and even suggest remanufactured furniture lines, both of which dramatically drive down costs for clients.

As an example, in a recent assignment for CB Richard Ellis, when bfi was called upon during the Company’s early relocation planning stages, we put an experienced team together to create the ideal furniture solution. This approach included the utilization of a rather distinctive remanufactured product line in addition to a combination of several new furniture solutions. Files, chairs and tables were selected by bfi from other manufacturers to fulfill CBRE’s space and performance needs. CBRE’s first-class image was achieved through several innovative product solutions, enabling the Company to save between 20-25% over the original budget and was completed in an extremely tight, two-week time frame. Our furniture choices also fostered its desired open communication between the Company’s over 120 employees at this location.

In Corporate America, companies are more frequently adopting rebranding initiatives, as in the instance of BP Castrol. bfi was called in to provide the leading oil, gas and energy company a furniture solution that reflected its new work space strategy and supported the aesthetics and flexibility of its design and branding culture. From the start of the assignment, bfi offered its expertise in office furniture procurement, furnishing the redesigned, open work environment with Herman Miller Ethospace Systems furniture. bfi also provided a smart furniture solution that also included 36 group and conference/huddle areas within the Wayne, New Jersey location.

Whatever image your company is striving to attain, bfi is able to access a myriad of furniture lines for clients, fitting every budget and every design preference and need, retaining the best possible bids. By adding a furniture advisor to your design team at the commencement of your project, your redesigned, rebranded or upgraded office space furnishings will be delivered on time, without worry and with complete aesthetic satisfaction, as well as increasingly cost effective.

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For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Monday, June 14, 2004

bfi Welcomes Lisa S. Barbarosh As Senior Designer

ELIZABETH, NJ, JUNE 14, 2004— Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, announced that Lisa S. Barbarosh has joined the company as a senior designer. Lisa will be reporting to bfi’s Parsippany design director and will be responsible for all aspects of projects including AutoCAD drawings, field survey, programming, space planning and client presentations, furniture selections, layout and specifications.

“We are very proud to welcome Lisa to our team and to bring the scope of her knowledge and expertise to our clients,” stated Dan Morley, president, bfi. “She is a proven leader in our field and has extraordinary talent, as well as excellent client relations and professionalism.” Ms. Barbarosh brings 18 years of design experience to bfi from W.B. Wood Company in New Providence, New Jersey, where she was a senior designer and account manager. During her career, Lisa Barbarosh has carried out numerous projects from start to finish, including working with large corporate headquarters, total design of office space and several design assignments for unique venues. She has managed many different types of projects from single office renovations to large corporate relocations.

Lisa Barbarosh received a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental design from Syracuse University, and currently resides in Morristown, New Jersey.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management market. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany NJ; New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.

Friday, June 04, 2004

bfi Lends Expertise To Bollinger Insurance At Its Prestigious, New Short Hills, NJ Location

SHORT HILLS, NJ, JUNE 4, 2004 – Bollinger Insurance, one of the country’s largest privately owned insurance companies, recently utilized the services of Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, to streamline its relocation to Reckson Office Center at 101 JFK Parkway in Short Hills, New Jersey. bfi provided the leading insurance agency with furniture planning and procurement for its new, 60,000-square-foot headquarters space, which included an outstanding collection of Herman Miller, Geiger and Harter furniture.

“We are proud to have been selected by Bollinger Insurance to service its furniture needs at its new headquarters location,” said Dan Morley, president, bfi. “The company occupies the top two floors at the first-class building and sought a furniture solution that reflected its new, high-end, elegant space and would also accommodate its 250 employees. bfi created a customized furniture solution that reflects Bollinger’s unique culture, philosophy and business operation needs.”

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

For more information, contact bfi’s Elizabeth, New Jersey headquarters at 908-355-3400 or visit www.bfionline.com.



bfi provided Bollinger Insurance, leading insurance agency, with furniture planning and procurement for its new, 60,000-square-foot headquarters space Reckson Office Center at 101 JFK Parkway in Short Hills, New Jersey.