Furniture Installations

  • June 3rd, 2020
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Designers have begun to contact departments to schedule furniture installations and you might be next! While wearing masks and practicing social distancing; designers will coordinate the install and verify the product is installed with no damages. If there is a damage, we will report it to the vendor and coordinate the replacement delivery. If you work in a secure location, have not returned to campus, or simply prefer to hold off on the install until a later time – please communicate this to your project designer, or contact Susanna Johnson at

How do I start a Furniture or Upholstery Order?

  • May 4th, 2020
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If you or someone in your area is interested in starting a furniture or upholstery project a Design Request Form will need to be filled out. This form can be accessed on our website at the following link – Furnishings and Design Website.  Once there, click on the Design Request Form link in the lower left-hand corner and fill out the electronic DRF accordingly.  Be sure to fill in all the sections with red asterisks in order to ensure a successful submission.  Once that’s complete, click the Submit button at the bottom of the page and you will immediately see a confirmation screen confirming the successful submission of your design request.  If you have any technical issues during this process, please contact our office.  Once your submission is received by F&D, your project will be assigned based on staffing availability.  After your project is assigned, your department will be contacted by the designated designer.  If you have any questions or need any help throughout this process, please call our team at 348-6508.

Furniture Installations

  • April 13th, 2020
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Please be advised that all furniture installations are being delayed until normal business operations resume. If there are extenuating circumstances and the installation is critical, please reach out to your project designer or Susanna Johnson, to discuss options. Once normal business operations resume, the project designer will be in contact to schedule the new installation date. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Furnishings and Design Information and Best Practices

  • March 24th, 2020
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  • Furnishings and Design Projects
    • The Furnishings and Design staff are available to continue working on existing projects as well as beginning new ones. For existing projects please email your designer with questions, For assistance with new projects, please fill out our DRF Form. If you have any problems, please email Susanna Johnson at Until further notice, all non – essential or discretionary spending has been suspended (see Purchasing section for further information).
  • Vendor Appointments
    • All standing vendor appointments are canceled until further notice.
  • Upholstery Team
    • Since the UA is operating under limited operations, no upholstery work is being completed. Project timelines will need to be adjusted to allow for this unforeseen shut down time. Either your project designer or Kerri Morthland will be in touch to discuss the new completion date.
  • Submittals
    • If the submittal is electronic, please continue the standard operating procedure. If there is a physical sample submittal that needs to be processed during this time, please send the transmittal sheet to and contact the designer assigned to the project to arrange a drop off/delivery of physical samples.
  • Installations
    • Please contact the designer assigned to the project to confirm the status of the installation.
  • Questions

Major Projects Starting in 2020

  • January 9th, 2020
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The University of Alabama has two major projects set to begin construction this Spring. The first being the new Tutwiler Residence Hall, set to open in the Fall of 2022. The building will remain an all-female dorm at this time and will be much shorter than the current tower that comes in at 14 floors. The new building will be 5 floors but will take a more standard architectural shape in comparison to the existing Tutwiler Hall.

The second new addition will be Hewson Hall, set to open in the Fall of 2021. Hewson will be an extension of the College of Business, located across from Alston Hall in the former tailgating lot. The aesthetic of the building will follow UA standards both externally and internally with an emphasis on the interior that will provide team rooms, scale up classrooms, and an open forum area for more innovative and collaborative learning opportunities for students and faculty. The building will serve as a classroom building for the College, with the Third Floor being faculty and staff offices.

Project Completions in Early 2020

  • January 9th, 2020
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The renovation of Rhoads Softball Stadium is expected to be completed by the end of January, including all construction and furniture installation. The work began in Fall 2019 to provide updates to the clubhouse for players, the press box, and the ticketing booth. There will also be a new umpire lounge and concession stand, along with interior and exterior graphics. The renovation was driven by Alabama Softball hosting the 2020 SEC Tournament in Tuscaloosa.

Gorgas Library has undergone various renovations that have been in progress since late 2018. One of the major portions of this project has been the Core Support aspect that has been to make the library’s restrooms and elevators updated to meet ADA compliance. Roughly half of the floors have restroom renovations completed, with the rest expected to wrap up in the Summer. The freight elevator is also being expanded in order for it to meet compliance. The floors will be renumbered in sequence to replace the current numbering system that compensates for two-half floors.

  • November 11th, 2019
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When purchasing furniture through our department, whether it is a task chair, guest chairs, or a desk, your furniture comes with a manufacturer warranty. This warranty covers nearly 4c8afd06-6a6b-4b33-8879-7face2b973c1.pnganything you could encounter with your furniture for a specified duration of time. While these timeframes vary based on manufacturer and the type of furniture, the typical length of coverage is anywhere from 3 to 10 years from the time of purchase. If your furniture is damaged and needs to be evaluated, we will coordinate for the furniture dealer or manufacturer to conduct an on-site visit. This will eliminate the possibility of voiding the warranty, resulting in a cost to proceed with repairs or replacement. If you experience any type of issue with your piece(s) of furniture, contact and let us look into your warranty to see if we can have repairs covered at no cost.

F&D Year End Deadlines

  • August 6th, 2019
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It’s that time of year again, and the end of the fiscal year is approaching quickly. In order to allow enough time to fully design the furniture within the requested space, all Design Request Forms (DRFs) that are year-end specific must be submitted to the F&D office no later than end of business day, August 16, 2019. You can find this form at

Please understand that these deadlines are in place to ensure that proper time and attention can be given to each space on campus. F&D strives to provide excellent customer service throughout the year, and especially at year end as everyone is trying to finish up their year-end projects. We look forward to hearing from you!

We’re Moving

  • May 1st, 2019
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Furnishings and Design and Contract Administration will be the final divisions of Procurement Services moving to the University Services Campus in early June. Both departments will occupy Building 1021 at 405 Cahaba Circle, formerly Cottage 3 on the USC campus. See the map below for the exact location.

It will be the first time for Furnishings and Design that the entire business and design teams, Upholstery Shop, and Chair Lab will be housed under the same roof. To allow time to move the Upholstery equipment, the shop will be down from May 31-June 11. The employees will physically move to the new space June 6, 7, 10 and 11. Please contact them via email during this time. They will do their best to respond in a timely manner.

Contract Administration employees will move on June 7 and begin holding bid openings and other meetings in the new location later in the month. If you plan to attend any bid openings or prebid meetings, please confirm the location prior to the meeting. You can do so by checking the bid documents, contacting your Construction Administration project manager, or emailing Dan Rodgers at or Leigh Ann Huguley at

Please join us in welcoming Furnishings and Design and Contract Administration to the University Services Campus.

University Services Campus Map



Plans for the Summer?

  • April 1st, 2019
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Unlike residential furniture, commercial furniture is made to specification based on the clients’ needs and as a result, typically takes 6-8 weeks to be manufactured. In addition, shipping as well as scheduling the delivery and installation can also take a couple of weeks from the time the furniture is completed. Another factor to consider is the design time it takes one of our interior designers to help pick the furniture that best fits your needs. All of this to say, if you are planning to have new furniture installed this summer, be sure to fill out your Design Request Form today!