A recently published case study illustrates how the newly completed Salvation Army emergency shelter facility in Phoenix serves as an ideal model for evaluating and selecting furnishings for intensive use environments. The study describes the performance and design criteria identified by the project designers and shelter officials, and provides an overview of the specification process.  Key design criteria included:

  1. Security and safety
  2. Multi-functionality in terms of size and comfort
  3. Easy accessibility for those with mobility restrictions
  4. Aesthetically comforting
  5. Cost-effectiveness
  6. Easy maintenance

Emergency Shelter Furniture Beam Seating“When it came to furnishings, function and extreme durability were primary drivers for the client,” said Brooke Vink, Associate IIDA/Senior Interior Designer at Deutsch Architecture Group, a key member of the project team

To meet the project’s functional, aesthetic and budgetary goals and to provide transitional housing for nearly 4,000 people annually, the project team selected four Norix furniture products for the family suites: Titan Series Steel CaseEmergency Shelter Furniture Jupiter Table Goods; Hondo Series Lounge Seating; Madera Series Tables; and Gibraltar Series Lobby Seating. Images of the furnished suites are included in the 4-page case study. Detailed product information, including the array of color choices and construction specifications are available on the Norix website.

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