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Seating Youngstown State Alumni in Style

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Fans of Youngstown State University football will remember Saturday, September 6, 2014, as the day the Penguins chalked a 34-23 win over Duquesne and junior quarterback Dante Nania passed for a career-high 288 yards with two touchdowns. CIS Office Installers, the FSN member based in Pittsburgh, will remember it as their drop-dead completion date for installing 2,000 new seats in the alumni section at YSU’s Stambaugh Stadium. With the job done on time and within budget, the CIS team had their own special victory celebration. Scope of Work The CIS client, the St. Louis-based distributor Indoff Incorporated, engaged CIS Office Installers to remove the 2,000 existing seats from the mid-field alumni section of the stadium, patch the anchor holes, and install 2,000 new custom seats to be supplied by American Seating. The project was on a 4-week time line. The requirements were well within the capabilities of CIS, which has been certified in auditorium seating installation for many ...

Lean, Clean Glass Wall Installation in Phoenix

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The fit out of AIG’s regional center in Phoenix, Arizona, was Manning Group’s first opportunity to showcase its considerable expertise in architectural wall installation for a long-time client dealer in New York. Despite sudden changes in scheduling and manpower requirements, Manning Group moved the project along so smoothly toward an on-time completion that the dealer’s installation overseer was able to leave the job site earlier than expected. [Click image above to see gallery.] Background Manning Group’s client for this project is Empire Office, the New York City-based Steelcase Preferred Dealer that also enjoys the distinction of being the world’s largest commercial furniture dealer. When the AIG project came along in 2013, Manning Group — the FSN member serving Arizona and New Mexico — had been a regular service provider to Empire Office for nine years. Manning had numerous furniture installations for Empire Office to its credit but, as yet, no ...

12 Floors of Furniture Installation for Brown Brothers Harriman

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Colonial Systems, our union-labor member in the New England market, produced a very good write-up of their nearly 5-month-long installation project that was part of the fit out for Brown Brothers Harriman’s new Boston office. We’re pleased to include Colonial’s accomplishment in the FSN member experience profile by way of this post but we urge readers to visit the Colonial Systems blog and enjoy the complete project profile. In brief: Brown Brothers engaged Colonial Systems to receive and install the systems, case goods, seating, filing and ancillary product sets for the furnishing of approximately 1,600 workstations, 120 private offices and numerous conference rooms and other spaces over 12 floors totaling 410,000 square feet. The scope included lobby, lounge, reception and other public spaces as well as kitchens and break rooms. The vast majority of product was received on site. The installation time frame was late June to early October 2013. See the complete ...

FSN Benchmarking Reveals Surprising Numbers

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Barry Coyle made operational and financial benchmarking an annual practice for the FSN member companies when he first agreed to serve as the group’s executive director. Now, many years later and almost 4 years since Barry’s passing, benchmarking remains a core activity for Facilities Services Network. FSN devoted the first day of its pre-NeoCon 2014 meeting in Chicago to reviewing and discussing the results of the 2013 operational performance and financial benchmarking. The session was facilitated by Carl Clappison*, a successful business advisor based in Ontario who now manages the FSN benchmarking process. Benchmarking is a vital activity for FSN members because of its proven ability, through meaningful quantitative comparisons, to identify a company’s strengths and weaknesses and indicate paths for measurable improvement. Careful analysis of the benchmarking data enables owners to make the particular decisions and investments necessary to help their companies achieve higher ...