How to Order Furniture

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How to Order Furniture (as of 7/22/13)

Office Furniture Suites:

Most office panel systems are custom-built. As a result, the process is complicated, and lengthy. On the average it takes 19 weeks from identifying a need for an office suite, to installation on site. Custom orders generally cannot be canceled or changed once placed without significant charges. Typically once you decide on a brand, a local dealer will work with you on design and scheduling installation. It’s best to use existing contracts.

A committee composed of representatives from Facilities Planning, Purchasing, and the campus Deans met to streamline this process. Preferred office furniture suppliers include:

Cubicles: brands approved for  CCSF include AllSteel, Haworth and KI

AllSteel: Randy Hershkowitz 415 362-5595

Haworth: Anthony Amaya  510.475.2023

KI: Trevor Deily 925-577-0085 


Ergo chairs: Ergo Comfort West/Office Master : Model PA55

Conference/side chairs: Haworth: Very, X-99; KI Altus; EC West: OM5

Most manufacturers and dealers provide product, design and installation assistance. However, hooking the panels up to electric service must be done by an electrician (not the vendor). The District Electrician should be there to help with existing building issues (call Buildings/Grounds). Suggested electricians include:

Al Mesita
Crown Electric, Inc.
85 Columbia Square
San Francisco  CA  94103
Phone: 415-621-7756 Fax: 415-621-7779

Jim Kaufman
EJ Weber Electric
1050 Marin Ave
San Francisco  CA  94124
Phone: 641-9300 Fax: 641-9304

La'Moyne Addleman
Mark Olson Electric
1385 Donner Ave
San Francisco  CA  94124
Phone: 822-3508 Fax: 822-5879

In addition, the installation of office partitions usually requires recabling of the voice/data.   ITS looks after the voice/data cabling. Departments need to contact ITS to evaluate data cabling needs, and if new cabling is required, budget for an outside contractor to do the cable. Contact Wendy Pinos for more information.


Costs for electrical hook up and required data cabling are the responsibility of the department, so be sure to budget for it.

Coordinating large projects should be routed to a project manager from Facilities and Planning, well in advance of installation. Changes made the day of installation will incur additional costs and delays.

There are legal (CAL 117, ADA) and college standards (sustainability).

The area where the installation will occur must be accessible to workmen during normal business hours. Contract pricing does not include nights or weekends.

All old furniture must be cleared from the area. Some moving assistance may be available from Buildings and Grounds, if scheduled in advance via a Work Order. Otherwise, movers should be scheduled and paid for separately from departmental funds.


In March 2011 quotes for moving and related services were solicited. A list of pre-screened moving companies was created, with firm prices and pre-approved qualifications, for CCSF use. By using the vendors below, NO BIDDING is required.

Contract: a period of 1 fiscal year (to June 30, 2012), with 2 one-year options to renew contract. Contact Kathy in Purchasing for a price list, and more information.

To use these vendors: Initiate a requisition for a purchase order or term purchase agreement. Site Bid #071 in upper right corner of form.


Jobs may include

·  Packing equipment and furniture in college classrooms for relocation to another building on campus

·  Providing cartons to offices and buildings for small moves, delivering cartons to location

·  Short notice moves, typically during construction

·  Installation and assembly of office panel systems, furniture, and other items

·  Installation of temporary floors and curtains for special events

·  Pick up and delivery of office documents to storage

·  Complete full-service packing, disassembly, moving, and reassembly of entire office, including project management of move

·  All movers offer cartons

Crown Moving and Storage, San Leandro. Phone: 510 614 4152
Peter Vargus
References said responsive to last minute changes, and they’d use this small firm again.

Cor-O-Van Moving and Storage, San Francisco. Phone: 415 834-9046 or 800-468-7005
Jim Martin
Good pre-move planning, responsive to last minute needs. Monitor charges- may vary from agreement. Did MUB move in 2010.

Galindo Moving and Storage, San Francisco. Phone 415 861-4230
Marjorie Lovell
References indicated they were very happy, ‘things went according to plan’. Includes full value replacement coverage in price. More expensive than others.

Ergonomic Chairs:

Ergonomic chairs must be height adjustable and provide good lower back support. Vendors:

Ergo Comfort West/Office Master chairs: : Model PA55 or OM5. Carrries a broad line of chairs for office and classroom use. Fitting assistance and advice offered. Fair pricing. 805-931-0572

Office Depot

Virco (US Comm contract): Model #4301 approx. $230. Sample available in Purchasing

Patrick and Co (City Contract): contact them for Hon, Eck Adams brands

Classroom Furniture:

The District through Buildings and Grounds provides most classroom desks. The main vendor is:

Brandon Thomas 800.448.4726 ext. 113 fax 800.258.7367

There is an exiting furniture (US Communities) contract which provides hefty discounts. There are several delivery options: tailgate, inside delivery and delivered/installed. Virco also offers a recycle/take back program. Contact Purchasing for a price list.

Suggested models/styles:

Tablet arm chairs: #3700BR in navy

2 person tables (as in MUB) 60”w: Text #TS20607ADJ or Plateau #PT246029C2

Computer chairs: #4300/4301, Sage #SGTASK18P

Computer labs:  Plateau series tables, lecterns, multi-media carts

Secondary vendors:

Anthro Carts: 25% educational discount. Mike Graham  800-325-3841

Bretford Carts: Available from several vendors, including Troxell

Chalkboards, Whiteboards: ABC School Equipment. FCCC contract vendor, will measure and install, uses union labor. No bidding required for small jobs.

Dewey/izzy: lecterns and benches , sold through Resource and Design.

General Furniture Needs:

First, contact Buildings and Grounds determine if the college has furniture available in storage to meet your needs. If not, it’s time to investigate new furniture.

As the college is a public building, furniture has to meet strict fire safety codes (CAL 117), ADA access requirements as well as LEED sustainability and wearability standards for use on campus. Therefore, the college cannot buy from many retailers or catalog companies from outside the state. Some preferred vendors include:

Office Depot (see website)

Anthro Carts

Contract Office Group

The Corner Office for office cubicles

Hon file cabinets: Rusco, Office Depot, Viking



School Specialty

Troxell for Bretford carts

Unisource Solutions for office cubicles

Quill (check flammability)


IKEA and Costco: Both firms have nice designs for home use, but the materials are not appropriate for school use. Most items require assembly and do not meet CAL 117 flammability standards. In addition, they do not accept purchase orders, and don’t provide assembly. Delivery is an issue. All services must be paid for in advance. For these reasons, IKEA and Costco are not approved furniture providers for CCSF. 


Most furniture now ships unassembled. Assembly must be arranged separately. Buildings and Grounds will not assemble furniture for you. Vendors for assembly include:

Doubleday Office Services, Tom Ringelmann  (large jobs only)
Phone: 650 872-6600 X107 Fax: 650 872-1692

Needs a min. of a week notice, 4 hr. min. charge. Will do assembly: provide instructions from manufacturer so they can accurately quote price. Will also bolt shelves to the wall and do bracing. Process quote via requisition into a PO. Once you have a PO, call to schedule date.

Unisource Solutions, Anthony Amaya
Phone: 510 475 2023
Specialists in office cubicle tear down/reassemble and space planning.

TDI/Paul Olney 510-661-2400

365 Furniture Assembly (415) 699-4556 365 Furniture Assembly


All flooring upgrades should include removal/disposal of old carpet, minor floor repair, and installation of new base and carpet or linoleum. Such projects should be coordinated with furniture moving or delivery. Be advised flooring quotes do not include furniture moving.  Commercial carpet, unlike residential carpet, does not typically use padding. Major projects should be coordinated with Facilities Planning.

Shaw Contract, Cynthea, 800-424-7429

Floorcraft, Dennis K., 415-824-4058

Disposal of Old Furniture and Appliances

The disposal of school assets is covered under state and local law. First, ask around to see if another department can use your cast-offs. Try email and Campus Currents. Next, inquire if Buildings/Grounds can take to warehouse storage (very limited). If not, complete a “Recommendation to Dispose of District Property” form, available from the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance. This form must be approved by the Board of Trustees before any item can be sold, donated, destroyed or recycled. Allow one month. If approved, you will be notified of the action to take.

If the item has a SFCCD Asset tag on it, you must notify John Bilmont of the tag number.

Appliances: Jaco, 1099 Whipple Rd,, Hayward CA 94544 accepts most appliances, water heaters, and televisions for recycling. You must first process a requisition requesting a pre-paid check request for their per stop fee. Once you have your check, call 800-741-0172 before your new item is delivered to schedule a pick-up. You will have to move your old appliances to a street-level location or accessible loading dock. Other options may be found at

Computers: Computers and printers cannot be thrown in the trash as they are considered hazardous waste. Please contact Carlita Martinez with the Recycling Program X3337 for more information. Be sure to scrub your hard drive before disposal.

If all else fails, call Goodwill or the Salvation Army to see if they will accept used furniture. The objective is to reuse, donate or recycle before throwing out any property.