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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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Students will get the chance to try out lounge and dining hall furniture for the future UC.

From 9 a.m. to noon today in the Fort Worth Room, participating students will have the opportunity to test a wide variety of tables and chairs and leave their feedback on aesthetics, comfort and function. Brochures will be available to give students an idea of the colors, materials and designs that the furniture comes in.

Faculty and staff are welcome to visit the furniture showing as well. The opinions of those who attend will be a deciding factor in the final choice of furniture.

Local-made and environmental-friendly pieces will be among the featured furniture in today’s showrom.  |  Laura Gillespie/The Daily Cougar

Local-made and environmental-friendly pieces will be among the featured furniture in today’s showrom. | Laura Gillespie/The Daily Cougar

“Here at the UC, it’s a student building. This is our student center, so it’s really important to us that we’re able to offer students the opportunity to say, ‘This is our building, this is what we’re paying for,’ and actually chose what they want to get,” said Micah Kenfield, the UC programs coordinator.

Furniture is being provided from companies with showrooms across Houston. Some companies featured are Stylex, Emeco, Haworth, Lowenstein and Martin Brattrud. Environmental-friendly options will also be available. Among the variety of contenders are chairs made out of recycled plastics and aluminum.

“The whole UC process has been trying to be as transparent as possible,” Kenfield said.

“That’s why we’re really intent on getting student feedback. We don’t want to just pick something and then have students (dislike them). It happens across campus, students don’t really feel like they’re getting their buy-in.”

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