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Systems Furniture

DAS Interior Project Managers introduce a new process for registering modification to single workstations. 

Review the new process and complete the Furniture Services Request form.  

Is systems furniture very quiet or private?

  • Systems furniture is generally not as soundproof or private as an individual office, but it is possible to create spaces that feel like separate rooms if the proper components are chosen.
  • Panel height is usually the key to privacy. Panels range in height from 30-80 inches, but the 80" ht. is not recommended. This panel height interferes with the existing HVAC and lighting, and there are building codes that prohibit the use of this height in certain conditions.
  • The 33" to 42" ht. panels allow for communication between workstations without standing, and are often used for interactive jobs such as reception or assistants.
  • The 62" ht. panels provide greater privacy and are the most commonly used panel height. They allow you to mount components vertically such as shelves and storage units, and are often used for staff in professional or technical positions.
  • The systems furniture panels on the State contract have sound-absorbing materials to reduce noise levels. The noise absorption measurement, the Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC), is .80, which will have very good sound dampening qualities. Other factors such as the space height, flooring and ceiling materials also affect conversational privacy.

What types of work surfaces are available with systems furniture?
Systems furniture work surfaces typically differ in terms of their shape and construction. The basic and most common work surface is rectangular. They may be added together to form an "L" or "U" shaped workstation.
The other commonly used work surface shape is the corner work surface. This allows a layout where the computer is in the corner and rectangular work surfaces are added to form a "U" shaped workstation. There are several options of how the corner is "cut out" to get you closer into the corner and take up less space.
There is also a peninsula shaped work surfaces available for managers that create a meeting area within their workstation. Because the work surfaces can be mounted within one inch increments along the panel height, they can accommodate everyone’s needs whether they are tall, short, or need to stand. 
Companies construct work surfaces using a number of different materials, but plastic laminate is the most commonly used material and will be the less expensive option. The manufacturers offer a variety of colors and finishes.

Will systems furniture accommodate my computer, monitor and keyboard?
Yes! Systems furniture offers a healthy typing environment, which is the most critical aspect of designing a workstation for computer users. Both the 30" deep rectangular work surface and the corner work surface accommodates most computers. The key is to mount the work surface at the appropriate height. Because most people need to type at a lower height than that offered by the typical work surface, which is 29", keyboard trays can be added. You can purchase keyboard trays from the systems furniture manufacturer, or from other sources such as Boise Cascade. Keyboards vary in styles and options, but they all are attached to the underside of the work surface.

What types of storage options are available with systems furniture?
Systems furniture offers storage above, below or next to the work surface.

Open shelving and overhead bins offer convenient storage that is easily accessible without taking up valuable floor space. They can be mounted on the panel at varying heights.

Pedestals consist of regular and file drawer units that are under the work surface. You will hear us call them a "box, box, file", which is made up of two small 6" drawers with one large file drawer below, or a "file, file" which is made up of two large file drawers. When adding storage under a work surface, keep in mind that there should be enough leg space so as not to constrict movement.

Lateral files are another option for storage under a work surface. They can be either panel hung or freestanding. The panel-mounted units must be the same width as the panel, and the panel can support up to four drawers. The freestanding lateral files are available in a variety of widths and heights. The 42" wide lateral with two file drawers fit nicely under a 48" wide work surface and will give you more filing inches than a two-drawer vertical file. These can be useful for employees who require a lot of easily accessible filing space.

Where can you see actual examples and installations of systems furniture?
If you would like to see examples of systems furniture and speak with employees who use it, call space planning and they will help set up a tour for you.

Systems Furniture in DAS Owned Buildings by Manufacturer
  1. General Services Building
  2. Revenue Building
  3. State Lands Building
  4. Archives Building (PERS)
  5. Print Plant
Herman Miller
  1. Agriculture Building
  2. Employment Building
  3. State Lands Building
  4. Executive Building
  5. Veterans Building
  1. Archives Building (Secretary of State)
  2. Commerce Building
  3. Justice Building (Judicial)
  4. State Library
  5. Portland State Office Building
Current Price Agreements for Systems Furniture can be located on the ORPIN  website.

If I would like my systems furniture re-arranged, who do I call?  How much will it cost?
Call the DAS Interior Project Managers (503) 378-3664 or email a completed services request form to furniture.services@oregon.gov.  They will meet with you to help determine your needs and redesign the layout of your existing furniture.  The cost will vary depending on the complexity of the project.  Your agency needs to get an estimate from an installer after the revised layout is complete.

I have a small tear in one of my panels, who do I call to get it fixed?
You must call the dealership that sold you the furniture.  Depending on the type of damage, there are multiple options for repair.


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