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KI seating selected for award-winning City of Glasgow Super College

KI’s (Krueger International, Inc) award-winning range of educational seating products has been chosen to take pride of place in Scotland’s award winning City of Glasgow College.

The new City Campus in the heart of Glasgow’s high tech Learning Quarter completes the twin site super college development designed for 40,000 students. It has been furnished with over 6,000 chairs from KI’s portfolio of educational seating products. KI’s reputation as one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of furniture, specifically created to best meet the unique needs of learning environments, made it the clear choice for an institution at the cutting edge of modern education. Versatile and dynamic furniture that also facilitates and encourages collaborative working was key.

FF&E (furniture, fixtures and other equipment) consultants MXQ Solutions selected a number of KI’s seating options to achieve the College’s priorities as set out in the initial brief.

Ian Johnstone, Director, MXQ Solutions commented: “The FF&E brief for this project was to source products with a high quality aesthetic for this new learning environment. KI’s educational seating provided the ideal blend of practicality and longevity with a fresh modern colour range perfect in realising the College vision”

KI’s Intellect Wave seating collection was chosen in Tangelo, Grass Green, Sunburst, Warm Grey and Blue Grey; bringing vibrant and neutral colours together to create a fresh, contemporary aesthetic to the space. A number of spaces see the Intellect Wave seat shell configured with the transformative Learn2 base and tablet arm. This innovative tablet arm allows students and educators alike to reorganise a space quickly and easily to suit various lesson structures. Individual or group work is made easy with the tablet arm’s unique sliding worktop, allowing students to share worksurfaces without compromising personal space. This award-winning chair is the companion for the adaptable, sociable and open-plan layout of this campus.

KI’s Torsion on the Go! was selected for its foldable tablet arm and seat, allowing it to be neatly nested out of the way when not required. The virtually indestructible high-density stacking Maestro chair was also selected for spaces requiring seating for shorter periods as it is light, stackable and can be moved around quickly. The chosen KI seating collections come with a 15 year warranty, which offered the College peace of mind, knowing that they will not have to waste time and money on future repairs and procurement.

Our stunning world class super college is an inspiring and innovative working and learning environment. The design of both our campus sites is already being recognised by numerous architectural awards and our staff and students are really enjoying the modern, dynamic spaces.  The seating selection was based on aesthetic, durability and sustainability and we are delighted that the products rated very highly on each of these."   Janis Carson, Depute Principal City of Glasgow College.

With an FF&E budget of around £3.5m, the product lines were selected through a dialogue between the City of Glasgow College, the College’s development partner, Glasgow Learning Quarter (GLQ) and consultants, MXQ Solutions Ltd.

Engineered to withstand tough classroom use, Intellect Wave exceeds industry standards for durability. Designed by Shawn Barrett, the lightweight, textured poly shell resists scratching, fading, chipping and denting. Hard plastic or laminate tablets provide the most durable worksurface. Available in stackable reverse cantilever or four-leg chairs with optional tablet arms and under-seat wire baskets, task chairs & stools, and the innovative Learn2. The result is classroom furniture that gives years of low-maintenance service, backed by KI's 15-year warranty.

Lightweight, comfortable and virtually indestructible, Maestro chairs are covered by a 10 year warranty. Stackable to 38 high on a transport dolly, they are frequently specified for large halls and assembly areas. The optional, removable tablet arm can be added for dynamic and space-efficient classrooms, eliminating the need for large tables. Its polypropylene seat shell is available in 20 standard colours, while the wire rod frame can be finished in chrome or a range of durable powder coatings. Upholstery options are available for the seat and backrest.

Designed by Giancarlo Piretti, Torsion on the Go! is a supremely intelligent approach to the requirements of multi-purpose environments in today's educational institutions.

Exceptional comfort is provided by a smooth back articulation created by a unique patented torsion spring mechanism. The optional unique oversized articulating tablet arm folds down for efficient nesting. Highly mobile and versatile, this chair was lauded with the prestigious Best of NeoCon Gold Award.

KI’s furniture helps the world’s leading organisations create happy, healthy, high performing working and learning environments. Bringing together good design, advanced engineering and sustainable resources, KI’s products are durable, flexible and offer excellent value.

Founded in 1941, KI (Krueger International, Inc.), has grown to become one of the world's largest and most respected independent furniture manufacturing groups. KI’s EMEA headquarters and showroom in Central London is supported by an established network of manufacturing facilities and distribution partners across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

City of Glasgow College is Scotland’s largest technical and professional skills college. Its new £228 million twin site development was designed by Michael Laird Architects and Reiach & Hall Architects. It offers a range of specialist courses from marine engineering to cookery and beauty therapy.  For more information please visit: www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk.

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