Starting a New School
A Furniture and Equipment Planning and Procurement Solution for Starting a New School or Expanding an Existing Facility
Opening a New School or Expanding an Existing School
For over 35 years, Signature Products has been outfitting new and expanded schools with furniture and equipment. Our unique ability to partner with schools in this process to provide a “Turn-Key” solution is a very valuable resource to school leaders and administrators. In addition to providing the absolute best prices on the furniture and equipment needed in today’s school environments, we provide a level of service and expertise that insures a successful and hassle-free installation. That’s because at no additional cost to the school, we take on many tasks starting in the planning phase including a needs assessment, space planning, ordering, scheduling (and rescheduling) of deliveries, installation, and many other details necessary in the furnishing of a facility. With no commissioned sales people and access to state and national pricing contracts, our prices are as low as you will find anywhere, but it is our commitment to service that will keep you as a long-term customer.
Q. Why should I choose a furniture and equipment project management “partner”?
A. By partnering with a company who can provide all of your furniture and equipment for your new facility, you are securing a very valuable resource. You can rely on our many years of experience to help you effectively plan for exactly what you need, get the most value for your money and we manage the entire process from needs assessment to installation. Partnering with a company that specializes in new facility projects will help insure your facility is ready for students to learn on day one.
Q. Won’t I get a better price if I issue a bid or RFP for furniture?
A. Probably not. We utilize state and national contracts that were already competitively bid. Many of these contracts already provide the best pricing available. Producing your own bid is a time-consuming and expensive process that will attract low-ball bidders that are sure to propose inferior products and virtually no service before or after the sale. What seems like a money-saving option on a bid response most often turns into additional costs and headaches later.
Q. How can I best determine what exactly I need for my new school and if it will fit properly in the rooms?
A. We provide a comprehensive needs assessment worksheet to begin the planning process. Once you have an idea of what types of items you need and the quantities, we will make specific model recommendations based on your budget and style preferences. We will then lay out your rooms on the computer in a scale drawing that will help you determine how to best arrange your furniture and if it will fit in the rooms with adequate clearances.
Q. Can I buy directly from the school furniture manufacturers?
A. Very few manufacturers will sell directly to a school. They rely on school furniture dealers and distributors to provide the service that schools need. In fact, Signature School Products is an authorized dealer for virtually every educational furniture manufacturer which allows us to recommend the best solutions for your school given your budget constraints and style preferences. This results in many more options and a better equipped facility. What’s more, we’ll help you stretch your budget by minimizing freight costs through consolidated shipments and shared truckloads.
Q. How long does it take to plan the furnishings for a school and what does it entail?
A. It is never too early to begin F&E planning and the earlier the process is started, the better the end result. We work with our school partners over the course of 3-6 months to create a turn-key package of products that support the school’s style of education while also considering ergonomics, space flexibility and environmental sustainability. This process includes space planning, selecting products and finishes, placing orders with various factories, consolidating shipments, scheduling deliveries and installation. We do this through multiple meetings and project document revisions to ensure the end result is a facility that is equipped with what it needs to be an attractive and effective learning environment.
Q. How much extra will it cost to work with an F&E partner like Signature Products as opposed to just buying online?
A. Nothing! Instead of high overhead, big marketing budgets and commissioned sales reps, we choose to provide our school partners with a level of service that takes the hassle and headache out of furnishing your new facility. We are firm believers in the importance and value of education and understand you need to save every penny possible. That’s why we go the extra mile to make sure we develop a plan to furnish your facility and stay within your budget constraints.