Workplaces in the Healthcare Environment

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Kimball | Flip®, Teem®, Villa, Dock® and Dwell

Administrative areas in healthcare environments are no different than a typical office space. Employees must be equipped with purposeful furniture solutions that allow them to work efficiently. To achieve optimal productivity, today’s culture mandates three key principles. Flexibility, Thoughtful Ergonomic Design and Mobility. When applied to each of the workplaces within the healthcare environment, these guidelines encourage medical staff to output their best work and provide the best patient care possible.

Nurse Stations & Lab Areas

Patient bed towers and specialized clinics within large-scaled healthcare facilities require the care of certified nurses and other medical professionals. Depending on the type of care needed, the associated work flow and the architectural layout of the department – either centralized or decentralized nurse stations are purposefully positioned for successful patient recovery.  In some cases a hybrid solution can be implemented.

All three design principles can be accomplished successfully using furniture. Kimball Xsede® and Xsede® Height Adjust are two offerings that can excel anywhere from the open plan to private office. These solutions support a multitude of personal preferences and work styles. Xsede®products are the perfect solution for open plan environments when medical professionals are sharing a common work space.

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Both standard and custom table top shapes can be positioned along bed-tower corridors in between patient rooms and serve as touch down spaces for nurses. A sophisticated desking system with height adjustable capabilities is a perfect solution for documentation and nurse monitoring stations.

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Kimball Xsede® Height Adjust tables are easily adjusted and reconfigured, unlike the traditional approach of shared spine work stations.  The design boasts a freestanding frame and companion privacy panels that are easily fixed to the table surface. Optional casters and table top power accessories make this transition even more simple.

Xsede® is successful in laboratory spaces as well; lab planning modules suggest coordinating flexibility and expansion into the design for maximum research results. Flexible lab modules allow researches to reconfigure equipment and furniture based on their needs as opposed to adjusting their work methods to predetermined fixed-casework.GALLERY_XHA-JOYA-JULY2017Xsede® Height Adjust tables provide employees with healthier work spaces facility wide. Kimball’s designs allow for employees to seamlessly shift between sitting and standing, freeing them from the negative health effects of staying in a fixed position for too long.

Kimball Xsede® and Xsede® Height Adjust can be successful solutions within any work space of a healthcare facility, from nurse stations and charting stations to lab spaces and team collaboration zones.

Height adjustable desks pose the question – what task seating is best? Kimball has the answer. Complete with lumbar support, a seat slider, adjustable uprights and a half dozen arm options – the Wish task chair provides customization for personal comfort and preference. It’s sit-to-stand and stool models, which come in mesh or upholstered back, pair very nicely with the Xsede® desk solutions. It also has a 400lb weight capacity and satisfies three-shift work requirements, excellent for high traffic areas in healthcare facilities.Gallery_Wish_9.jpg

Kimball | Wish™

Exam Rooms & Consultation Spaces

Because physicians are frequently moving throughout the exam room to consult with their patient and then back to their desks and back to the patient again, mobile furniture solutions are extremely useful.Gallery_Scenario_8The Scenario™ table from Kimball, can be a phenomenal asset to the medical staff that spends the majority of their day on the move. Not only moving from one corner of the room to the other, but also when floating between patients and visiting multiple exam rooms. A mobile, height adjustable table allows for this caretaker to efficiently move around the facility while keeping their devices and paperwork close by.  And when specified with the smallest standard table top, this table can be moved in and out of rooms with ease.7822475.jpg

Kimball | Scenario™

A physicians mobility, while sitting on an exam stool, is just as critical. Where traditional stools are often uncomfortable, static and stiff, the Pony Saddle task stool incorporate the same ergonomic design considerations as every other Humanscale® product. The result is a fun and versatile stool that encourages movement while remaining comfortable and promoting workspace wellbeing. Humanscale_Saddle task stoolThey are ideal for working closely on the computer and offer a healthy way of sitting, if leaning back on a back rest is not an option. Comfortable and versatile, these seats improve posture and allow for long-term comfort.

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Humanscale® | Pony Saddle

Made to support all kinds of interaction, from impromptu conversations to group meeting where technology is relied upon – Teem® is the perfect resource for a flexible consultation space. Both sides of the media cabinet can be equipped with monitors and markerboards for open environment consult spaces or positioned along a wall to conceal power and cable management.Highlight_Teem_1a

Remote teleconferencing between physicians can be scheduled in private rooms and consultation with family members can be held in a more comfortable space with lounge furniture for difficult diagnosis conversations. With a choice of  materials, heights, media capabilities and table options, Teem® offers plenty of ways to collaborate.

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Kimball | Teem®

 Physician Offices

Private offices within a healthcare environment require flexible solutions for a variety of workplace strategies. Kimball’s Priority has a coordinated suite of desks, benches, tables and storage units, each of which integrate to create a modern work space allowing employees to work healthy, move freely and seamlessly between independent and interactive work modes. Designed for change, Priority provides what a workplace needs; the ability to reconfigure and adapt to suit virtually any situation.  Gallery_Joya-New_7a (1).jpg

Kimball | Priority™

The Joya™ task chair and companion side chair can be specified in a plethora of configurations to align with budgets and satisfy client needs. A polished base with static C arm and wood overlay create a sleek look for directors offices and board rooms.  While the standard black base with black mesh is suitable for facility standards like private offices and call centers. The side chair, generous in size, has multiple arm and caster options.Gallery_Joya-New_4a.jpg

Kimball | Joya™

Flat-panel monitors combined with a flexible and adjustable monitor arm can create a comfortable workstation. Humanscale’s range of robust monitor arms offer ultimate stability, sleek design and effortless functionality.mconnect_white_triple_600

In addition, the Humanscale monitor arms also promote a clutter-free workspace and a healthier, more ergonomic working posture. Users are encouraged to align the monitor at the correct height for them, which helps prevent eye and neck strain. When paired with M/Connect™—the first-ever integrated monitor arm base and docking station of its kind, collaboration and a shared desk approach can be easily applied.mconnect_gallery4

Humanscale | M/Connect™

Training Rooms & Third Space

The social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments (home and work) are know as Third Space.  A highly accessible, comfortable space provided to employees encourages them to recharge and connect with their coworkers.  This space has a multitude of seating options to satisfy the desired activity.8824342In spaces where employees are gathering for educational purposes or social functions, comfortable and easily stored furniture is needed. With a black mesh back and an upholstered seat Kimball’s Flip® has a clean and contemporary look, fit for any job.Large_LG_Flip_BlueReady to work and easy to store, Flip® is the answer for multipurpose work area where a beautiful and adaptable chair is desired. The seat folds up and allows for convenient nesting and storage. Available with or without arms, with glides or casters, in black or chrome – this chair fits a variety of different applications and can be utilized as a facility standard.

Kimball | Flip®

Villa™ is a modular lounge collection equipped to support a variety of individual or group activities. It can be arranged in endless configurations or used in freestanding arrangements. Optional full-height SHADE™ privacy divider panels, work surfaces, and built-in power and USB hubs fit the evolving needs of tech-savvy workers.Gallery_Villa_10.jpg

Kimball | Villa™

When appropriate furniture solutions are provided it allows employees to perform in their greatest capacity. This is crucial to healthcare environments due to the direct correlation between successful work styles and patient care. Healthcare facilities are recognizing the importance and addressing the need for flexible, healthy workspaces by providing their employees with the necessary tools for the job.

About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Dana Marble, Healthcare Account Executive

dmarble@corporatedesigninteriors.com
P 262.544.8694

Furniture designed for patients’ physical and mental well-being

Mental health imageDesigning furniture for commercial spaces requires extreme attention to detail, but for behavioral environments these finite details are even more critical. Engineered with patients’ health and safety in mind, behavioral furniture is manufactured with hidden or inaccessible hardware, rounded edges and corners and is equipped with extra frame reinforcement. With function as the primary focus, design has consequentially taken the back seat. However, that way of thinking is no-longer applicable. Behavioral health clinics, just like any other healthcare environment, understand that when patients are provided with calming, comfortable spaces, their recovery will be more successful.

Several manufacturers are partnering with well-respected designers to produce solutions that are not only appropriate for behavioral health environments, but aesthetically pleasing as well.  Here is a breakdown of a few of our favorites:

Integra

Bay is a simplistic lounge offering within the Coastal collection from Integra.  Its clean lines bode well in a behavioral health environment and its construction has no match. Each chair has a 2000lb weight capacity and can withstand a 1000lb drop test.

The discrete clean-out detail is perfect for wiping up spills and cleverly eliminates potential hiding spaces in areas with high-security risks.

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Several of Integra’s collections offer a secure bottom cover with tamper-resistant fasteners that make these solutions applicable for any level of security.

Coastal Collection – Product Brochure

Stance Healthcare

Cassia’s sleek, linear profile gives off a fashionable, contemporary vibe. It’s design is also substantial, featuring an internal steel framework clad with engineered plywood for extreme durability.

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Complimentary table options, with rounded edges, pair terrifically with this collection.

Cassia – Product Brochure

Norix Furniture

Easily cleanable and highly durable, RockSmart is a contemporary rocking chair designed for soothing comfort. Its signature one-piece shape is sculpted from molded polyethylene provides a calming safe, rock and is available in thirteen different colors.RockSmart3

Rocksmart – Product Brochure

Carolina

Carolina launched it’s first behavioral health collection at this year’s NeoCon.  The collection is an expansion on the Serony series with an equally beautiful aesthetic. Lounge pieces are consistent in design, but provide safe, functional solutions for environments that need it. Serony blends the strength of metal with cleanable components in a warm, comfortable and stylish design.

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With a variety of finishes for side panels and arm caps, the Serony series can be designed to fit in any environment. Group rooms and family visitation spaces would be the perfect application for the two and three seat models.

Serony – Product Brochure

 About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Dana Marble, Healthcare Account Executive

dmarble@corporatedesigninteriors.com
P 262.544.8694

NeoCon 2017 | The Future of Healthcare & Industry Trends

NeoCon 2017 Recap

The largest office furniture trade show in North America is a global platform for commercial interiors. Located at the Mart in Chicago, this year’s 49th annual event was held from June 12-14 and hosted 50,000 design professionals from around the world.  The event, known for its display of innovation, caters to vertical markets from hospitality to corporate and education to healthcare.

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Healthcare is no different than any other market, as it’s incredibly important to consider trends – regardless the size of project. NeoCon showcased the newest up and coming trends, and although predictable they can be easily implemented and extremely influential to a facility’s successful business model.

 – Active Waiting Room –

Similar to commercial office environments, healthcare facilities are providing their patients with a variety of spaces to be productive while they wait. Standing height counters allow multiple visitors to plug-in; whether its to do their work, charge personal devices or even participate in healthcare provided educational programs. This type of work space can be flawlessly executed in an existing waiting space or incorporated into a brand new design.Kimball Health active waiting room

Kimball Health | Alterna

A new product launch for Kimball Health, the Alterna casework series has an endless amount of configurations and customization capabilities.  In comparison to the more predictable millwork solution in the healthcare arena, Alterna also boasts modularity.  It’s components can be easily modified without having to disrupt the surrounding environment and in turn create less down time, inspiring facility departments to implement it into their furniture standards.

And with a wide variety of materials and hardware options, this product can be designed for any healthcare facility, providing function for all types of spaces from waiting rooms to exam rooms to treatment bays.

Kimball | Pep Seating

The new side chair and stool duo from Kimball are stylish, comfortable and most importantly functional for any type of healthcare space.  Pep is light weight and it’s poly seat is easily cleanable, making it a dream for EVS staff.  The sled base stool, shown in the active waiting room, is the perfect solution for patients to plug-in and pull up to the counter. Its companion chair is available with a four-leg base, in the same poly colors, and looks lovely in a cafe environment.

Kimball Health | Spruce Occasional Tables

Also launched at this year’s NeoCon is the coordinating occasional table series within the Spruce Lounge collection.  Coffee and side tables are available in the same finishes and table top materials making this series a complete solution for healthcare waiting spaces.

Spruce lounge with occassional tablesThe solid surface top has an optional spill groove making it perfect for waiting room and patient spaces.  The Cupron solid surface, which continuously kills harmful bacteria within 2 hours of exposure, can be applied in areas of concern like high traffic spaces and Emergency Department waiting rooms. Cupron solid surface is shown below, in grey, on the Sanctuary bedside cabinet.

Wait times are unfortunately part of the operation, but facilities are recognizing that when their visitors are offered a variety of solutions to distract the mind, stress levels are reduced and overall patient satisfaction rates are increased.

– Mixed-Use Consultation Rooms –

Consultation spaces are being designed to support a variety of meeting types and allow patients to relax during stressful visits. Comfortable seating, positioned adjacent to an enclosed exam area, creates a place for patients and their loved ones to sit together while learning about diagnosis and treatment options. Chicago_2017_31a

Kimball | Pairings

The two seat lounge with 8″ arm is perfectly sized for family members to sit together, allowing room for one more to perch on the arm. Pairings can also be configured for spaces with limited privacy by adding the side and back panels. Coordinating occasional tables are also available.Pairings 2seater with coffee table

AllSeating|Foster Patient Rocker

Patients can find comfort in smaller scaled chairs, like rockers or gliders, in mixed-use consultation rooms. The newest addition to the Foster seating collection from AllSeating was highlighted at this year’s NeoCon. The Patient Chair with rocker base inspires a calming motion and has a relaxing effect.

Design professionals understand that with the correct material application, lounge furniture can also be utilized in exam rooms to provide comfort to patients and their loved ones. Environmentally conscious and high performance upholstery are abundant in the industry and Xorel, by Carnegie Fabrics, is one of the top contenders in the healthcare arena.  These plant-based textiles are embossed with new graphic patterns, creating depth and texture that can be applied as wallcoverings or upholstered on furniture.

Xorel|2017 Product Launches

By providing functional and comfortable seating for the medical professionals, patients and their loved ones, mixed use consultation rooms can satisfy a variety of different needs and allow healthcare facilities to maximize their square foot utilization.

– Hospitality-Driven Treatment Bays –

Depending on the treatment, patients are required to spend several hours sitting in their chair. This lengthy amount of time can increase the patient’s level of stress and cause further complications to their recovery.  Therefore, it is crucial to provide spaces that promote relaxation.  By taking cue from spa-like environments from the hospitality industry, treatment bays are being designed to minimize stress and encourage effective recuperation.

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Kimball Health now has a full line of furniture that can be utilized in these types of spaces.  The Meadow patient recliner can be specified with a variety of different options, customizing the features to aid in the particular treatment type. The Villa Health Sleep Sofa provides seating and storage for family members to wait while their loved ones receive treatment. The newest product launch – Alterna – offers unlimited storage components, including locker spaces, open cubbies and wardrobes.  Wall mounted panels are available in coordinating finishes to help protect the wall from damage and make these spaces feel more hospitality-like.

Carolina | Saven Rocker

Saven Rocker

One of Carolina’s newest healthcare launches is the Saven Rocker. It was designed for mothers and their babies, but can provide a resting place that helps all types of patients restore through its gentle, soothing motion.  The adjustable arms make this chair comfortable for all body sizes and allows nursing staff to tend to patients more easily.

Concertex | 2017 product launches

Concertex released twelve new Phthalate Free Vinyls, with exclusive ClearShield™ + Graffiti-Free® Layers, that are perfect for all healthcare environments.  These soft-handed, coated fabrics are bleach cleanable have 500,000+ double rubs.

Applying hospitality design aesthetics into treatment spaces creates a calming environment, aids in the recovery process and enhances the overall patient experience.

These trends made their way into the 2017 NeoCon showrooms and although some are already available, many of these new products will emerge in the coming months.

For quick reference to the Kimball 2017 product launches – check out this quick look book: Fresh for 2017

About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

For more information, pricing or to schedule a showroom tour, please contact:
Dana Marble, Healthcare Account Executive

dmarble@corporatedesigninteriors.com
P 262.544.8694

Keys to Achieving Healing Healthcare Environments

Creating a satisfying healthcare environment requires holistically combining the needs of the patient, caregivers and loved ones to build the most effective design. Through our years of experience, we’ve seen first-hand that workplace design improves the overall health of employees and we are excited to be taking this next step in the healthcare industry by aiding those whose job it is to heal persons in the hospital by creating natural, healing environments through design.

We believe a customized design experience is crucial in fostering comfortable healing processes, promoting productivity among hospital staff and improving patient and caregiver safety, resulting in overall patient satisfaction.

Design for Patients & Their Loved Ones

A focus on designing facilities that cater to patient and family needs and comfort can aid in reducing stress and generating faster healing times. If the environment is calming and comfortable, anxieties about the visit can be dispelled and overall satisfaction with the experience can increase.

The Patient Room

Creating an environment within the patient room that is both safe for the patient and efficient for staff is imperative considering that patients spend most of their hospital stay within their room.

Kimball Health | Overbed Tables

Being confined to a room during the duration of a hospital stay can cause stress; therefore, providing adequate storage and customized power modules is beneficial in providing a positive experience. These features should be easily accessible by the patient to reduce stress and allow for nursing staff to assist patients with more critical issues in lieu of spending time helping with simpler tasks.

Kimball Health | Sanctuary

Patients’ visitors spend time in their room as well, so providing them with customized solutions, such as power capabilities and storage drawers for personal items, can help them feel comfortable within the room. If visitors enjoy being in the patient’s room worry-free, their focus can remain on helping their loved one recover.

This Kimball Meadow Patient Recliner allows for ease in patient transport while still adhering to patient safety. Movement is free and easy with rotating casters, but the chair can still be locked into position if necessary. Other adjustable features, such as the dual-sided Trendelenburg capability (which raises the patient’s feet above their head), an independent footrest operation and infinite back controls accommodate customized treatment services.

Kimball Health | Meadow

If a patient’s stay in the hospital will be lengthy, family may desire the ability to spend the night in the room with the patient. Accommodations for them to comfortably stay with their loved one encourages participation in the patient’s care and leads to better outcomes for patient recovery.

Kimball Health | Villa Sleep Sofa

The Waiting Room

Considering that family members play an important role in helping their loved ones heal, it is also essential to have destination spaces for them to connect, find respite and rejuvenate to allow for the best possible experience for any visitors, ultimately allowing them to solely focus on their loved ones needs.

Kimball Office | Pairings

Customized furniture in waiting rooms can aid in the physical and emotional needs of a person waiting to speak to a medical professional or awaiting news on their loved one receiving treatment. The versatile Kimball Pairings Lounge Based Collection is designed to be able to work alone or in combination with other pieces, offering endless configurations to achieve comfort.

Kimball Office | Villa

This collection’s ability to be designed for any space allows a person to actively control their level of comfort, hopefully easing nerves about an already uncomfortable and anxiety-filled visit to the hospital or doctor’s office.

Design for Healthcare Providers

While design for healing centers on the needs of the patients and their loved ones, it also focuses on the needs of the caregiving professionals as they are in constant and direct contact with the patients – ultimately responsible for overall satisfaction of the health organization. Productivity, efficiency, health and safety are all contributors of increased success in overall outcomes and patient satisfaction and should be considered when designing the ultimate healing space.

Productivity and Efficiency

With adjustable technology, caregivers can optimize communication. Trust between patient and caregiver during treatment is critical, and increasing the level of engagement between the two can cultivate that necessary sense of trust. Effective communication can enhance overall patient satisfaction with the quality of care they have received.

Additionally, adjustable technology can reduce discomfort and provide important postural benefits for caregivers working lengthy hours, most of which up and on their feet. Minimizing discomfort aids in their ability to work productively during these long hours and reduce the risk of any concentration issues that often lead to errors in patient care.

Ergonomics

The principles of ergonomics minimize risk of injury, discomfort and error rates while maximizing productivity. Using design technology that highlights adjustability, flexibility, support and easy use can reduce error rate in treatment, simultaneously improving patient care and outcomes.

Humanscale | Mobile Cart

Ergonomic mobile carts allow for caregivers to spend more time caring for the patients and less time worrying about technology, ultimately allowing them to visit with more patients. Since these carts increase mobility, there is an added health benefit for the healthcare providers. Additionally, they save crucial time and energy by allowing for real-time data entry by caregivers, reducing the risk of error that can result from remembering the information and compiling it later.

Safety

Technology that enhances productivity and ergonomic improvement for caregivers can also create a safer environment for patient care. Since there is a direct correlation between nurse fatigue, patient care and safety – maximizing patient safety while minimizing risk of error is essential.

Humanscale | Pony Saddle

The Saddle and Pony Saddle seats are ideal for working closely on the computer and offer a healthy way of sitting if leaning back on a back rest is not an option. Comfortable and versatile, these seats improve posture and allow for long-term comfort.

The V6 technology wall station was engineered & designed by the Humanscale Design Studio specifically for the healthcare environment.

Humanscale | Adjustable Wall Stations

This customized wall station supports a monitor and keyboard – along with hardware, shelves and accessories – that allows for easy positioning. Comfort for the caregiver and effective communication between them and the patient can be effectively maintained through this ergonomic design.

Managing fatigue and providing solutions to minimize fatigue is key for maintaining high-quality patient care and safety within the healthcare system. Designing spaces for caregivers and providers directly responsible for patient care can improve overall work place well-being. Offering designs that highlight productivity, ergonomic improvements and safety can streamline caregivers’ jobs and make positive impacts on the work environment and with patient care.

Final Thoughts

Focusing directly on the needs of patients, their family and those who work in the healthcare industry is critical in overall satisfaction with a healing experience. A customized design directly allows for comfortable accommodations and ergonomic improvements, increased productivity, enhanced safety measures and beneficial patient care and outcomes.

About the Author

Dana Marble has an interior design background & worked in the architectural industry for 10+ years before joining Corporate Design Interiors.  As a healthcare account executive, Dana is able to apply her project experience and help her clients develop patient-centric environments, which promotes successful business and increases overall satisfaction rates.

About CDI

CDI is a cutting-edge commercial furniture dealership that believes thoughtful design and strategic planning are critical components in the success of every project. We can help companies achieve their business vision and goals and help maintain your workplace investment. CDI creates functional and inspiring interiors designed to foster employee well-being, productivity and engagement.

CDI is a “Select” Kimball Office dealer. The “Select” status is Kimball’s premier dealer designation, which demonstrates dealership excellence in sales, service, financial stability, business processes and more.

For more information: www.corporatedesigninteriors.com

Contact Us

Corporate Office & Showroom:
1711 Paramount Ct., Waukesha, WI  53186
P  262.521.1010

Dana Marble
dmarble@corporatedesigninteriors.com
P 262.544.8694