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Dressel Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri     

Dressel Elementary School in St. Louis is a 99,000+ sq ft facility on 10 acres, with wings for each grade level. The K-5 school serves nearly 650 area students.  Dealer Glen Alspaugh worked with project planners who chose 1200 Tradition series casework for classrooms and work spaces.  In the evolving area of school design, teachers consistently express the need for storage - and this project has it in spades!

Project architect was Ittner Architects and general contractor Tri-Co, Inc.   

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Multi-functional Furniture  
Markerboard for the win  

As we manufacture casework, millwork and furniture for schools across the country, we see increasing requests for multi-use pieces.  Education facility designers are creating flexible spaces in technology-enhanced buildings.  Classrooms are designed to easily convert to multi-purpose activity rooms, student dining and gathering spaces open up to presentation halls, and even galleries for budding artists.  As the needs of the space change, so too do the materials used.  Markerboard, heavy-duty casters, and adjustable storage become not just useful, but essential.  Furniture enhances the space, rather than defining its use.

Farnham Equipment Company recently installed a few projects that offer teachers, staff and students greater classroom functionality. 

Jackson Center School District chose to add markerboard to cabinet backs and tops in several spaces, along with tackboard on some and backs with magnetic surfaces on others.  Overall, Jackson Center included a "major focus on less in-room casework modules and more multi-functional units," explained Kami Wernimont, Farnham marketing manager.

Designers of Fairfield Freshmen High School chose to use markerboard surfaces on doors in their science lab for quick notes and calculations.

In addition to use on mobiles and doors, designers have requested markerboard surfaces for smart carts and casework.  Available as an option with additional charge, this added functionality offers increased flexibility to students and educators.  
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FSC Certification   
Stevens Re-Certified Through 2023 

In July, Stevens celebrated a successful Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody re-certification through the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Forest Conservation Program.  Auditors conducted a comprehensive review of our board purchasing, record keeping, marketing, labeling, production and many other aspects.

Completion of the audit assures another five years of FSC certification.  Our status enables us to offer FSC products as specified by our customers, and in turn can qualify projects to earn LEED Credits.

Interested in more information about FSC, green building standards and LEED Credits?  The Forest Stewardship Council offers a free guide for architects, designers, developers and contractors.  Stevens Industries is proud to be your partner in responsible, sustainable building practices!    
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Project photo collections are tremendous sales tools for your fast-moving bidding season.  Join us in compiling a comprehensive set of project photos. 

Submit photos to Patrick Gibbons. Please include one outside shot including the building sign, along with five to six interior photos.  If possible, try to hide away boxes, large trash receptacles, ladders and clutter to achieve clean, attractive photos that can be used in marketing.   
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