Departments must purchase office, conference room, and lobby furniture from the following five suppliers:  

  • BC Interiors   
  • Canter & Associates   
  • Interior Environments   
  • OfficeScapes   
  • Workplace Resource 

To purchase from any of the five suppliers identified above, please use their catalogs in CU Marketplace. Punch-out catalogs must be used for all furniture purchases. For furniture purchases that are not part of a project, customers must navigate the punch-out catalogs and add the items needed to their cart and submit their order. Some catalogs require customers to wait for the supplier to add delivery / install fees to their order. For furniture that is part of a project, work directly with the supplier and your campus project managers. The supplier will provide a quote that can be pulled up within their punch-out catalog and added to cart. Although ALL furniture purchases should go through CU Marketplace, customers may or may not need to wait on a quote from the supplier depending on the specific need.

Note:  The five approved suppliers' CU Marketplace catalogs do not include all products that are covered under the University's contracts. Therefore, you are highly encouraged to reach out directly to the suppliers to inquire about your specific needs. There are product offerings covered by the University's contracts that are not featured within their catalogs, and the supplier can provide info (and quotes) on these products.

Any product not included within the suppliers listed and awarded product lines should not be purchased through the punchout. Non-catalog procedures will be required. This includes ALL LAB FURNITURE, due to Lab Furniture being excluded from the original solicitation.

  • $10,000 or less: Submit a Purchase Requisition through the CU Marketplace.
  • Above $10,000: Submit a Purchase Requisition, or a Standing Purchase Order Requisition, through the CU Marketplace.
  • Above $100,000 will require a competitive solicitation (unless LAB FURNITURE is being purchased through another cooperative agreement).

Procurement Cardholders must not use their Procurement Cards to buy furniture from the University’s furniture suppliers. All furniture purchases should be processed through the punch-out catalogs in CU Marketplace.

For furniture that is part of a project, or to inquire about your campus furniture standards, reach out to your campus project managers, (listed in the right panel of this page).

Note: The University’s waiver process no longer exists. The University has five approved furniture suppliers under contract as the result of an RFP Process. Departments can purchase furniture of any dollar amount through the approved suppliers without the need for a bid or a separate contract. The benefits of using the approved suppliers are:

  • Expanded number of approved suppliers
  • Access to contract pricing
  • Simplified procurement process
  • Access to dozens of leading furniture manufacturer brands
  • Access to catalogs for all five suppliers 
  • CU dedicated account management with all five suppliers
  • Access to commercial grade and ergonomic-appropriate furniture, reducing overall Total Cost of Ownership

 If a department is interested in using a supplier other than one of the five approved suppliers, the following steps will be followed:

  1. The PSC will contact the department and encourage the use of one of the five approved suppliers and explain the benefits of using those suppliers
  2. If a department is still interested in using a non-approved supplier, the PSC will connect the department with their campus project manager for further discussions.  The project managers have the expertise to help departments evaluate the products available through the approved suppliers, and suggest one of the approved five suppliers
  3. If a department still wishes to use another supplier, that purchase will need to go through the normal procurement solicitation process, which, depending on scope, could take up to six months to complete

Individuals cannot be reimbursed for personal purchases of furniture.
Furniture should not be purchased using the PCard.  

Sustainability Information

Furniture accounts for a significant portion of the nearly 20 percent of the durable goods that enter the municipal solid waste stream, according to the U.S. EPA. Beyond this waste, the category’s environmental impact stems from the materials and chemicals used in the creation of the products. They are often produced with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that affect indoor air quality and, in turn, human health. Flame retardants, according to the Center for Environmental Health, have a long history of health and environmental problems and studies have found that they offer no measurable fire safety benefits. Several manufacturers are now promoting and certifying the environmental and health benefits of their alternative product lines that are equivalent on performance and style, and similar in price.

  • Durable
  • Flame retardant–free (TB 117-2013)
  • Low VOC’s
  • Remanufactured
  • Recycled content
  • Recyclable
  • Added flame retardants
  • PVC
  • Added anti-microbials
  • Formaldehyde
  • Surplus
  • Re-use
  • Donate
  • Recycle
  • Geca (Good Environmental Choice Australia);
  • Cradle to Cradle;
  • Recycled Content;
  • BIFMA Label;
  • Declare;
  • Scientific Certification Systems (SCS);
  • UL GreenGuard; Sustainable Materials Rating Technology (SMaRT);
  • TÜV Rheinland Green Product;
  • Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) Exemplary;
  • FSC Chain of Custody; California’s TB 117-2013

Purchasing Agent

Druselle May

Email: Druselle May