A Change to Case Center Furniture is Finally Starting to Take Shape
The Case Center furniture has been the same for a very a long time, in fact an old Skidmore News cover from 2001 shows the same tables and chairs that we used to have in Spa until a few days ago. In the last year there has been a lot of confusion about Case Center receiving new furniture (the Skidmore News reported on this last semester), but as students returned from winter break people had noticed some differences in the furniture.
The only change made over winter break was the addition of a new rug for the area outside Burgess Café. Interim Dean of Students and
Vice President for Student Affairs, Gail Cummings-Danson shared that, “I am happy to report that the new furniture has been ordered [for the rest of the area outside Burgess] and I expect and am hopeful that it will arrive over spring break or shortly after.”
On February 8, the next big installment of new furniture was seen as the old Spa furniture, almost 15 years old, was removed and new furniture was delivered to the space.
The new furniture for the Spa is very different then the old furniture as it includes couches and high top tables, in addition to the typical round and square and tables that sit multiple people.
The old Spa furniture collection had approximately 172 pieces. All but 16 of the items were donated, by Skidmore, to local charities which include the racetrack, Shelters of Saratoga and Backstretch. “We donated 156 pieces of furniture from the Spa area which was 3,827 pounds diverted from going to a landfill,” said Carol Schnitzer, Director of Purchasing.
When it comes to the new furniture for outside Burgess it it will take a little longer to arrive. “There is one longer lead time item for the new furniture that is up to 12 weeks for manufacturing which puts the installation of the new furniture into mid-April,” said Schnitzer.
The new furniture for this area will be very similar to what was just installed in the Spa. In fact, “the sofas will be exactly the same style that we just installed in the Spa,” Schnitzer said.
In addition to the new furniture for outside Burgess and the Spa, new furniture is being purchased for the two balconies on the third floor of Case and the newly created conference room and computer lounge located next to the Case Desk, both of which were created over winter break.
“Once it [the new furniture] arrives, I think that you will enjoy the new look and comfort of each piece,” said Cummings-Danson.