When it comes to furnishing campuses and higher education facilities, not only is it difficult to find the specific pieces you need to maximize style, function and form for students and staff, but it can also be challenging to find the right time to make those updates without inconveniencing your student body or causing additional headaches and stress along the way. The good news is that the upcoming winter break is the perfect time to refresh your facility!
At Blockhouse, we understand the value of completing winter break projects in lobbies, lounges and other public spaces in residence halls, student unions and other student-focused facilities. Keep reading to see four reasons why your campus should consider making these improvements while students are away, and contact us today to see how we can help with your upcoming winter break project.
Minimal Impact on Campus While Students are Away
Although not every individual on campus leaves over winter break, most do, which makes the weeks during winter break the perfect time to update your residence hall, lobbies, lounges and other public spaces. Since replacing furniture is typically a one- or two-day job, depending on your requirements, that means you will likely have extra time to freshen up paint, repair or replace flooring or even add cushions, lamps or other decor to create that familiar feeling of home. When campus is empty, it is easier to work on high-traffic areas and spaces that are typically occupied. Additionally, executing these projects during winter break reduces the volume of summer tasks.
Delight Students & Staff Upon Their Return
When it comes to education, it goes without saying that each student is unique and learns, interacts and lives with others differently. Yet the environment higher education institutions create affects everyone in it – even faculty and staff. By making those much-needed winter improvements to your lounges, lobbies and public spaces over break while everyone is away, you can surprise all of your stakeholders when they return to campus – showing them that not only do you care about the school and infrastructure, but that you also care about them.
Look Good for Spring Admission Events
If spring events are the cornerstone of your admissions strategy, it’s imperative that you put your best foot forward and ensure that campus looks appealing to incoming students and guests. Since prospective families will use this time as an opportunity to get to know your community, meet staff members and evaluate whether your institution is the right fit for their student, consider taking the winter break as an opportunity to refresh and revitalize spaces around campus with durable, comfortable and functional furniture that will shine during these critical spring events.
Take Advantage of Mid-Year Budget Availability
Once the fall semester has started, most schools can reliably predict both what their spring revenue and year-end financial positions will be. That means funds may be budgeted for facility improvements, and that also means the upcoming winter break is the perfect time to make those improvements with minimal impact around campus that enhance current and future student satisfaction.
Ready to Learn More?
At Blockhouse, we’re here for you from design through delivery. Whether you are looking to upgrade your residence halls, lounges, lobbies or other public spaces, or you’d like to speak with us about making improvements to your institution over winter break, contact us today. We’re standing by to help in any way we can, and we look forward to helping you choose the right furniture for your specific campus application.