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The Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC) of which the University of Illinois is a member, established preferred agreements for the procurement of various styles of furniture to be used by all member universities.

All departments are strongly recommended to contact their campus Purchasing Division as soon as a need for new furniture has been identified. The Purchasing Division will then be able to explore all options available assuring departments have all the information required to make an informed decision on their furniture procurement.

The IPHEC agreements include four separate awards with multiple vendors.

Award Award Code
Furniture, Accessories, Installation, and Services IPHEC1905
Premium Office Furniture IPHEC2135
Renewable, Sustainable Furniture IPHEC1706
Furniture, Installation, and Related Services 2103GAL

Furniture, Accessories, Installation, and Services IPHEC1905

Brief Summary of Award:

This solicitation is to provide access to economy, moderate and high-end (good, better, best) furniture in a variety of categories, offerings and surfaces including, but not limited to; wood, laminate, and metal. In addition, IPHEC is seeking a variety of accessories and related services (i.e. installation, set-up, design, product management, storage, etc.).

Premium Office Furniture IPHEC2135

  • Steelcase, Inc.

Brief Summary of Award:

Steelcase has been working with educators and designers to rethink classrooms, libraries, common areas and other in between spaces to incorporate user-friendly technology, flexible furniture and other tools to support active learning. The company also offers professional development and training programs to foster learning and continuing education for instructors. Steelcase and Steelcase dealers offer an extensive portfolio of workplace services. Steelcase delivers products and services through a network of independent dealers in over 670 locations globally. The company’s dealer network is the most extensive and experienced in the world, delivering global experience with local service.

Renewable, Sustainable Furniture IPHEC1706

  • Sauder Education
  • Transformation by Wieland

Brief Summary of Award:

Sauder Education proudly focuses on sustainability, reflecting this mission every step of the way, from material sourcing to internal processes and a renewable product line. Their products feature components that are easily replaced, extending the usable life of each item to limit waste and maximize the value of your purchase.

Contract Highlights:

  • Access to Sauder Education's entire catalog of furniture solutions
  • Renewable, sustainable furniture that can be easily reconfigured to fit your needs
  • Extended usable life of furniture thanks to specialized designs that allow for easy component repairs and replacement
  • Products you need for: residence halls, student unions, dining areas, classrooms, and auditoriums

Transformations Furniture manufactures and distributes a full line of upholstered lounge furniture designed to be fully renewable through a unique reupholstering method.

The Transformations Difference:

  • Easily remove and replace all components of a Transformations chair in minutes, on-site, with no special tools or training required. This patented construction is available across all product lines, not just a few.
  • High-quality construction, quick change functionality, and a 35-year warranty extends the life of products to 5 or even 7 cycles. This eliminates the costs associated with repairing or replacing your seating.

A Women Owned Small Business, Transformations boasts over 40 years of expertise in renewability and is proud to meet all the criteria for being a truly renewable company.

Furniture, Installation, and Related Services 2103GAL

  • Knoll
  • Hayworth
  • Teknion

Brief Summary of Award:

Knoll is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients to create inspired modern interiors. Our strength in office systems, seating, furniture, textiles, leather, and architectural and acoustical elements allows us to compose integrated solutions from products and services that naturally work together. Since 1938, we’ve been thinking about how people interact with their environments, and how their environments impact what they do.

Haworth designs and manufactures product solutions that help you create inspiring spaces. The breadth and strength of our portfolio forms the foundation for creating interior environments that adapt to keep your organization nimble and make the most of your workplace. We're your partner in transforming space, no matter where you're located.

Teknion offers a comprehensive portfolio of furniture products designed to support the goals of modern educational institutions and the learning practices of students across the campus: a solitary student reading at a library desk, a group working in a project room, or a classroom of students engaged in a lively discussion while sharing ideas on laptops and tablets.


In Urbana only, wood furniture is a restricted purchase. For further details, Urbana campus departments should refer to the Campus Administrative Manual.


For additional information:

Chicago Campus Springfield Campus Urbana Campus System Offices (Chart 9)
UIC Purchasing
Phone: 312-996-7084
Jill Menezes
Phone: 217-206-6651
Phone: 217-333-3505
System Purchasing and Support Services
Phone: (217) 333-9BUY (9289)

Last Updated: July 27, 2023

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