Next to construction, the purchase of audiovisual equipment and furniture tend to be the largest on a corporate construction project. Some people equate these purchases as a commodity and don’t place enough value on them.
“The fact is, audiovisual equipment and furniture has a large impact on daily operations as far down to individual and job functions,” explains project manager Caitlyn Helsen.
The value and due diligence spent on these purchases can be invaluable. Furniture procurement can be a bit complicated for those unfamiliar with the process. Helsen uses the analogy of purchasing a car. With cars, there are manufacturers and dealerships, and it is the same with furniture.
For furniture, you may be familiar with names like Knoll, Steelcase or Herman Miller. In the end, you will be purchasing their products from what Helsen refers to as, “local dealerships.” There are different local furniture dealerships depending on a client’s location. Watchdog along with the design team helps identify potential partners early in the process.
The purchase of furniture tends to be one of the largest on a corporate real estate project. Watchdog recommends clients spend time and due diligence up-front in the procurement process that reflects the value of the purchase.