Monday, April 25, 2005

bfi Completes Furniture Installation for Kean University's Newest, State-of-the-art Academic Facility

UNION, NJ, (APRIL 25, 2005) – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, announced that it recently completed a project on behalf of its client, Kean University, providing furniture specification, management and installation for a new academic building (NAB 2).

bfi has a long track record of meeting the needs of educational institutions and we are very proud to have worked with Kean University on its newest academic building,” said Bill Ziegler, senior vice president at bfi and manager of the project. “This is a state-of-the art facility where bfi was able to collaborate with architect KSS to provide the university with a highly automated computer lab and unparalleled faculty offices.”

The NAB 2 takes the place of Kean University’s Student Services Building, which was demolished in order to erect the 124,000-square-foot, four-floor academic facility. Featuring a 125-seat audlecture hall, 44 classrooms, 20 seminar rooms, 13 labs and 77 faculty and staff offices, as well as a stately center atrium that occupies all four floors of the facility, the building will be the most technologically advanced on campus.

bfi procured furniture for the entire facility, utilizing a compilation of products, including Herman Miller Passage products and K.I. furniture. A high tech computer lab was furnished with computer tables that are wired for power and data systems. Currently, Kean University is seeking the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which would make NAB 2 the first facility at an institute of higher education to receive such certification in New Jersey, qualifying it as highly sustainable and energy sufficient.

In addition to the Kean University project, bfi has provided its expertise to a number of educational facilities in New Jersey, including the New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey Medical School, Rider University and Montclair State University.

Kean University was founded in 1855 and is one of New Jersey’s largest institutions of higher learning. Occupying in excess of 150 acres in Union and Hillside Townships, Kean offers 47 undergraduate and 28 graduate degree programs, with total enrollment exceeding 13,000.

For more information, visit www.kean.edu.

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 Princeton, New Jersey office at 609-860-1800 or visit www.bfionline.com.

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