U.S. Communities

Knoll

Office Furniture

 
  • Phone: 202-973-0434
  • Fax: 202-973-0468
Overview

Founded in 1937, Knoll has helped government, education, healthcare, and nonprofits create facilities that inspire, evolve, and endure. Headquartered in East Greenville, Pennsylvania, we serve our clients through a network of independently owned Knoll dealerships, Knoll showrooms and regional offices.
 
At Knoll, we watch how the modern office is evolving, and we make office and classroom furniture that responds and adapts to changing needs. We're thinking about the emergence of a new workplace climate, the meaning of new workplace planning models and how ecological principles inform our product designs.
 
Knoll is a leader in policies and practices designed to protect the biosphere, conserve natural resources and reduce waste. Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and can help our clients achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.

"The generation chairs are absolutely amazing. Our staff is thoroughly enjoying them. We never would have been able to afford them if it wasn't for your relationship and cooperative purchasing contract with U.S. Communities."- Tony Wells, President, Tony R Wells Foundation

Products and Solutions
Community Solutions

Knoll brings a clear client focus to our engagements; an emphasis in not only understanding your particular issues and objectives, but the research, tools and relationships to translate this understanding into a unique furniture solution that complements your space and organizational culture. Partnering with Knoll will give U.S. Communities agencies access to the following:

  • Original Research regarding your industry or emerging trends in the modern workforce such as “Five Trends that Are Dramatically Changing Work and the Workplace”,” “Research Case Study: Design for Learning Spaces in Higher Education”. Available at www.knoll.com/research
  • A Leader in Environmental Initiatives / Reporting: Knoll remains committed to the original “benchmark” certifications: LEED®, FSC®, GREENGUARD, and SMaRT©. In addition, Knoll was the first company to have a system product certified at BIFMA Level ™ 3 (the highest possible certification). Knoll will provide environmental analysis of our products for your LEED A.P.
  • Full Circle Resource Recovery Program: Extends the life cycle of surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment
  • Change Management Readiness Surveys: Surveys that ascertain the drivers of change management and can be used to assess an employee population’s readiness
Core Competencies

Knoll offers a comprehensive and expanding portfolio of research based high quality contract furniture, seating, technology support products, accessories, textiles and leathers across five product categories: 

  • Seating, including ergonomic work chairs, multipurpose chairs, lounge, café, outdoor and side/visitor seating. KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck Leather are standard textile offerings
  • Open plan furniture, including office systems, which is typically modular and includes functionally integrated panels, worksurfaces/tables, desk components, storage, classroom application, power and data systems and lighting
  • Furniture for private offices, including desks, casegoods, storage and tables
  • Files and storage
  • Specialty products, including ergonomic accessories, monitor arms, and lighting
Benefits

Knoll offers a wide array of benefits, including:

  • Complete selection of chairs, files, office systems, private office, filing and storage, lounge and public spaces, collaborative spaces, training and conference areas, cafeterias, and other essential office furnishings
  • Aggressive discounts on all orders, regardless of size
  • Extensive research and design around the evolution of the modern workplace- Knoll conducts original studies with leading research organizations, universities, industry associations and subject matter experts in design, technology, organizational behavior, and business management. This workplace research helps Knoll to understand the needs of customers and design products that help to address those needs
  • Products that help promote proper ergonomics to accommodate the health and safety of the public workers
  • Clean Technology Manufacturing processes which help create a beautiful workplace that is also environmentally responsible
  • Knoll sales representatives and dedicated dealer support in all markets throughout the nation

Higher Education Solutions

Leverage the power of design to inspire great learning and teaching environments

For over 75 years, we've worked with higher education organizations around the world to develop interior spaces that inspire, evolve and endure. We understand the complexities of planning for inevitable change on campus and the critical need for multipurpose furnishings that can adapt over time.

Space matters—it is a key factor in attracting and retaining both students and faculty.  Knoll offers numerous solutions appropriate across campuswhether for high visibility areas like libraries and residence halls, or for hard working areas like laboratories and active learning classrooms. While there is a spectrum of needs within these different spacesfrom casual to formal, impromptu to planned, open to enclosedresearch confirms the importance of distinct choices for each type of interactivity.

Our commitment to innovation and modern design has yielded a comprehensive portfolio of furnishings to help universities and colleges meet their strategic goals including creating effective learning spaces, growing enrollments, conveying the proper brand image and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. Simple and sustainable, our products are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified for healthy interior environments, are BIFMA level certified and can contribute to LEED certification.

Higher Education Resources

Higher Education Brochure

Clark Library Case Study

Pricing

Our best pricing only available through U.S. Communities

52-69% discount by product category. Contact us at uscommunities@knoll.com to schedule a consultation and proposal for products and services.
 

FAQs

How do I place an order with Knoll?

  1. Contact Knoll’s U.S. Communities National Program Manager by sending an email to uscommunities@knoll.com or by registering online and requesting information from Knoll via the U.S. Communities website.
  2. A representative from Knoll and one of our certified Knoll dealers will contact your agency to discuss your space planning and furniture needs.
  3. After determining the right solution for your agency, the Knoll dealership will provide you with a furniture quote based on our U.S. Communities pricing.
  4. Certain Knoll products are available for order through U.S. Communities Marketplace.

My state requires local governments to bid everything. Can local governments in my state use this program without going out to bid?
Yes. This contract has been competitively bid by Fairfax County Virginia. Through the Joint Powers Authority or an inter-local agreement, local governments can "piggy-back" this competitively bid contract through U.S. Communities. This satisfies the competitive bid requirements in most states. See state by state laws on intergovernmental purchasing.

Does my agency have to register with U.S. Communities to enter an order with Knoll?
 Yes. This is a requirement of the program. Registration is very easy and provides the agency contact with a login name and password that allows them access to tools and reports not available otherwise.

How can my agency become a participating U.S. Communities member?
Complete the online registration at www.uscommunities.org

What does a government agency need to do in order to participate?
Complete the free online registration found at www.knolluscommunities.com  or at the U.S. Communities website www.uscommunities.org

Can private universities order using U.S. Communities?
YES! Both public and private schools (K-12 and higher education) are eligible.

Is there a fee associated with joining U.S. Communities?
No, there are no costs or user fees to the local agency to participate or register.

If my agency already has an account with Knoll Inc. do I need to set up a new account?
No. Contact your Knoll Sales Representative to have the U.S. Communities program linked to your existing account. You may also contact the Knoll U.S. Communities National Program Manager via email at uscommunities@knoll.com

Can more than one person at my agency register?
Yes, additional users can register by completing the standard registration process; the system will automatically unify all registrations that use the same TIN under one agency account. Alternately, existing users can add new users from within their account

Does the competitive pricing apply, regardless of quantity?
Using Knoll Inc. and the U.S. Communities program assures an agency they are getting a very competitive price on any size order. There are no costs, minimum quantity requirements or spend limits associated with using the Knoll Inc. U.S. Communities program.

How does it save time and resources?
The key value for the agency is resource savings. On average, U.S. Communities participating agencies will save 5% over traditional procurement practices. Most agencies today are spread too thin. Agencies have downsized administrative departments, and open purchasing and maintenance positions are left unfilled. The U.S. Communities program provides a mechanism to save the time and costs associated with obtaining quotes or preparing bids. The time savings allow the department to accomplish its work tasks more efficiently with the personnel on hand.

Which products are available on the USC program?
All Knoll products are included.

Can I submit one purchase order for both Knoll and non-Knoll items?
 YES! There is an option available allowing clients to place orders directly with the Knoll dealer. In addition, this option may help agencies meet "buy local" or "small business procurement" goals. Contact your Knoll representative for additional information.

What do we do to place an order with Knoll?
It's very easy! First, the agency needs to register with U.S. Communities if they are not already registered. After receiving a formal proposal from a Knoll dealer, the purchase order needs to reference the Knoll / U.S. Communities contract # 4400003404. Specific purchase order requirements will be provided by your dealer and will include a request that you enclose a Tax Exempt certificate if not paying tax.

Who sends the order to Knoll?
Whether the client purchase order is addressed to Knoll or to the Knoll dealer, the client purchase order should be sent to the Knoll dealer so that they can review it for accuracy. The Knoll dealer will then forward the agency purchase order to Knoll electronically along with a full bill of materials.

 

The Influence of Design on the Learning Environment. A Pre and Post Move-in Study with the Wake Forest University School of Business. Read the White Paper.