U.S. Communities

Virco

Education Furniture

 
  • Phone: 1-800-448-4726
  • Fax: 1-800-258-7367
Overview

As America's leading manufacturer and supplier of classroom furniture and equipment, Virco product has proudly served the diverse education community for over 65 years. At Virco, we're committed to providing the best selection of Equipment for EducatorsTM from preschool through high school to higher learning (colleges & universities), trade, technical and vocational schools.

Virco is proud of our iconic American quality and innovation - we design, manufacturer and assemble our products at state-of-the-art facilities in Torrance, California and Conway, Arkansas. Customer service is our top priority, Virco maintains a nationwide direct sales team that deliver quality furniture and unique services to our customers. Built with the highest quality raw materials, we are committed to providing the best solutions for educators for today's 21st Century Learners.

Products

Virco delivers a full line of Educational Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment, for K-12 schools including:

  • Seating and Chairs
  • Student Desks and Teacher Desks
  • Office and Administrative Furniture
  • Tables (Collaborative, Activity, Computer, Event, Training)
  • Cafeteria Furniture o Early Childhood Furniture
  • Higher Learning
  • 21st Century Learning Solutions
  • Music Furniture
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Fine Arts, Mathematics)
  • Library and Commons Spaces
  • Event Spaces
  • Storage Solutions
  • Industrial and Vocational Solutions
Project Planning

To help educational administrators meet the needs of today's 21st Century Classroom, Virco's PlanSCAPE® service provides the assistance and support necessary for any FF&E purchase. PlanSCAPE is a full-spectrum service - from needs assessment to overall project management - led by experienced professionals who can help determine which products best fit each space and meet diverse campus' individual needs.

As the only FF&E planning service that lets you purchase furniture and equipment featured on the U.S. Communities contract, PlanSCAPE gives you access to hundreds of products at excellent prices - negotiated and bid ahead of time so you don't have to. Thanks to our partnership with U.S. Communities and numerous other vendor partners, our free PlanSCAPE service provides educators with the best combination of quality products, service and savings.

Our planning experts have years of experience satisfying our customers' unique requirements and can help simplify and expedite the procurement process. We give you the industry's best combination of service, convenience and savings. Our team of professionals knows how to navigate the procurement process and will be by your side from start to finish, ensuring you find the best solutions for your campus - on time and at the best prices.

Stewardship
GREENGUARD and BIFMA:

Virco tests all of our products internally and externally to meet the highest industry standards. Our products:

  • GREENGUARD® GOLD and BIFMA
  • Meet the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
  • Have been tested by a third-party laboratory and certified to comply with Section 102 of the CPSIA where applicable
Healthy Movement & 21ST Century Classroom Solutions:

The body and mind are designed for dynamic movement. Research is now confirming what many of us know intuitively: moderate movement can improve focus and concentration. Virco's collection of healthy movement products incorporate the benefits of this movement into any environment. Our industry-leading classroom chair and desk lines provide educators with an array of furniture solutions to create a flexible learning environment that supports healthy movement and collaborative learning.

Take Back

Virco’s Take-Back program gives schools the ability to recycle furniture that’s been withdrawn from service rather than sending it to a landfill. Through our Take-Back program, Virco accepts plastic chair shells, laminated wood work surfaces and compression-molded hard plastic seats, backs and work surfaces – regardless of manufacturer - for recycling from qualifying schools, districts, colleges and universities. We can also help find local metal recyclers to dispose of steel frames from furniture that’s no longer in use.

Take-Back provides educational institutions with a unique way to recycle these items, resulting in greater resource conservation and a decreased strain on our nation’s landfills. And because Virco strongly encourages student participation in a Take-Back project whenever possible, the program offers great learning opportunities for students to grow in their appreciation of recycling’s value.

American Manufacturing

Thanks to our partnership with U.S. Communities, all of U.S. Communities participants benefit from Virco's superior production and distribution facilities. Virco's headquarters in Torrance, California feature 560,000 square-feet of factory, design and business space, and our multiple manufacturing and warehousing venues in Conway, Arkansas maintain another 1,750,000 square feet of operational space.Our large distribution centers in Torrance and Conway facilitate the quick, efficient shipment of all Virco products.

   

All manufacturing processes - from metal fabrication and woodworking, to plastic injection molding, powder coating and chrome plating - are done at our two U.S. facilities. As our products are American-manufactured, U.S. consumer protection laws and safety standards contribute to Virco's legendary quality and durability. Our products stand the test of time: proof that we design, manufacture and assemble with children's safety as our top priority.

With over 65 years of experience, product innovation and customer satisfaction, Virco gives you the added advantage of a nationwide, factory-direct sales team. Our knowledgeable, friendly salespeople are happy to provide you with furniture samples, complimentary CAD layouts and informative product literature. For more information about Virco and our products, click the Shop Now link or contact your local Virco Representative.

Pricing

Virco's U.S. Communities zone pricing gives you tremendous savings based on order volume. Selecting from the appropriate zone provides customer-friendly net delivered pricing. To locate the appropriate zone for your area please contact your local Virco Sales Representative, whom you can find by clicking Request Contact Link or by visiting our website at www.virco.com.

FAQs

Virco is proud of its dynamic affiliation with the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. Thanks to a competitive solicitation by California-based San Diego Unified School District, participation in the U.S. Communities program is open to public entities nationwide – including school districts, colleges and universities, as well as city, county and state agencies – allowing you to purchase directly from Virco’s U.S. Communities contract without any additional bidding.

How do I place an order with Virco?
 
You must be a registered participant to utilize the U.S. Communities contract. If not, please Register to Participate.
 
To start ordering, click here to locate a Virco Representative near you.

Who can participate?
States, State Agencies, Counties, Cities, Schools, Colleges and Universities, Non-Profits and Special Districts.

Does my agency need to be a member of ASBO, NACo, USCM, NIGP or NLC to participate?
No. Any qualified agency can participate in the program.

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 a government agency. 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.

What does a government agency need to do in order to participate?
Complete the free online registration found on the U.S. Communities website. During the registration process, you will be asked to mark suppliers you are interested in. The suppliers that you select will contact you with detailed pricing and ordering information.

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 Virco – Education Furniture, do I need to set up a new account?
No. Contact your Virco – Education Furniture Account Manager to have the U.S. Communities program linked to your existing account.

Does the competitive pricing apply, regardless of quantity?
Using Virco – Education Furniture 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 Virco – Education Furniture U.S. Communities program.

How does it save time and money?
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 are downsizing administrative departments, and retiring or departing 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.

How can my agency participate in the U.S. Communities program?
Complete the online registration.

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.

Delivery Solutions

Virco's extensive product solutions - including custom engineered solutions - are available in a wide range of colors and finishes with corresponding lead times as described below.

Quick Ship

With Virco's Quick Ship program, our furniture favorites ship within 2 - 3 days. Order from a selection of specific stocked furniture favorites, including our most popular chairs, tables, desks and storage solutions. We understand that in today's 21st Century Learning Environments, things happen fast. When time is a factor, select models from our Quick Ship Furniture Catalog (link) and your order will usually ship within 2 - 3 days of receipt.

Classroom Basics

Our Classroom Basics program is an expansion of Quick Ship products and color combinations. We offer a full spectrum of color options on every product to fit any environment. Our standard array of colors is available across the board - soft and hard plastic, laminates, powder coat and chrome - and carry the short lead-time for projects that require quick solutions. Models are assembled upon receipt of an order from components we stock and are usually ready to ship in 2 - 3 weeks.

Virco's Full Palette of Colors, Fabrics, Laminates and Finishes (Made-To-Order Models) When time is not a factor, explore our full product assortment and beyond. Models not included in our Quick Ship or Classroom Basics program are made-to-order and are usually ready within 4 - 6 weeks from order receipt.

In addition to our Quick Ship, Classroom Basics and Equipment for Educators, Virco offers an extended palette of colors with extensive choices and flexibility with our Custom Program. This selection of additional colors may necessitate longer lead-times and require minimum quantities, but the choices are vast and cover a wide variety of options to customize your project.

For more information, see your current Virco U.S. Communities Contract. You can also contact your local Virco Sales Representative or call 1-800-448-4726 for customer service assistance.

 

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