SACTO Golf Tournament 2012

SACTO Golf 2012

September 20, 2012 Uncategorized

This year’s event was held at Granite Bay on Monday September 17 and co-hosted by Lionakis — and our theme for the event was the ‘Wild West Saloon’, featuring cutouts of Mae West and the Duke for photographs, and a chip-to-the-seat giveaway contest for Haworth’s new Lively chair. Thanks to all who visited us at hole 4! Check it out in the gallery below.

Photos courtesy of Lionakis

Standing for a Healthier Workstation


August 7, 2012 Design Focus, Ergonomics

Above: A small part of a great info graphic that lays it all out, see here for the original image.

There is a growing body of evidence pointing to health risks associated with sitting at work all day. From university studies that correlate sitting at work with an early death to blog articles on how to convince your boss to let you try a sit-to-stand solution, there’s been a groundswell of interest on this aspect of a healthy workstation.

Western has solutions that address this health risk, from a simple retrofit of monitor arms and lifting keyboard trays to motorized desks that lift to preset heights at the touch of a button AND fit seamlessly into your workstation. We are intimately familiar with over a dozen manufacturers that supply the best products in this space, so we can design an exact solution customized to your existing space, project requirements and budget constraints.

Among the many solutions we offer are these on display in our Rancho Cordova showroom:

WOW Workstation
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Sierra HX
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Planes HA
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“Companies Take a Stand Against Sitting” – SFGate
“Standing Desk Eases Pain From Sitting” – SFGate
“Why Siting At Work Can Be So Deadly” – Forbes
“Sitting All Day: Worse For You Than You Might Think” – NPR
“Kill Your Desk Chair — and Start Standing” – BusinessWeek
“How Can I Convince My Boss to Let Me Try a Standing Desk?” – Lifehacker

Embracing Workplace Change

Embracing Workplace Change

June 26, 2012 Design Focus, Haworth

The nature of work is changing out from beneath our feet. Workers are asking for telecommuting privileges, collaborative environments and a flexible work day. The workforce itself is changing with Generation X coming of age as decision-makers, while Net Geners have grown up customizing everything around them and bringing their own technology into the workplace.

What are the economic, societal and productivity costs associated with change? What are the design ramifications? Haworth has spent almost a decade worrying about the evolution of the work environment, and has created strategies and products to build spaces that address these new expectations.

Read about their strategies here.

NeoCon 2012: Haworth Wins Multiple Awards

Haworth Showroom IIDA award

June 12, 2012 Awards, Design Focus, Haworth

Haworth takes home the IIDA “Best Large Showroom” award at NeoCon (MLive article here) With a glass and fire pit in the middle of their 3rd floor Merchandise Mart showroom, the calming space features a custom cement chaise and concrete coffee table with red leather chairs from the Haworth Collection.

Also announced at this year’s NeoCon is the Lively chair family. Available as a side chair and a task chair, the Lively chair incorporates design elements and ergonomic research from the Very and Zody seating families in a price-competitive offering.

Occupying space on the eighth floor of the Merchandise Mart, Haworth Healthcare Environments is the melding of last year’s Legacy Healthcare Furniture with Haworth’s Integrated Palette to create places where people feel better, work better, and thrive.

In addition to the IIDA showroom award, Haworth has captured the following NeoCon product awards: Lively – Gold in the Seating category, Planes Training Table – Gold in the Training & Work category, workware – Gold in the Technology Support category, and Belong – Silver in the Office Accessories category. See the winners here. Learn more about the Haworth spaces at NeoCon here.

NeoCon 2012: Wieland sleepToo Sofa


June 11, 2012 Design Focus, Haworth

Evidence-based design research shows that patient outcomes improve with the presence of family members during recovery. Debuting at NeoCon this year, the sleepToo sofa gives patient rooms a “virtual family room”. A sleeper. A recliner. A comfy table for two. All in a single piece of furniture occupying 20 square feet.

sleepToo Overview

Very Chair Goes Bowling


May 18, 2012 Haworth, Video

Watch Haworth’s Very chair with Tetro back survive a night of bowling. Manufactured using a four-shot process similar to automobile seating, the Tetro seat back combines high strength, low maintenance and great looks.  Superior durability, cleanability and comfort. What’s not to like?


Why Design Matters

Why Design Matters

May 18, 2012 Video

In a predominantly product-driven industry like contract furniture, it’s easy to overlook the importance of design, both in the product itself and in the space where it resides.  In this short video, the Interior Design department at Radford University lays out the case that design influences economic, social and even personal health outcomes.

Mercy Cancer and Imaging Center

Mercy Imaging Reception

February 14, 2012 New Projects

Compassionate, comprehensive care in one location.

With the opening of the innovative 22,000 sf center in downtown Sacramento, specialists, resources and services are brought under one roof to provide efficient, coordinated care in a centralized outpatient setting.

Western Contract is proud to have provided the furniture for this project.

Read more about the Cancer Center here, or check out the project in the gallery below:

Photos courtesy of Dignity Health

Winters Fire and Police Building


February 14, 2012 New Projects

Housing both the City of Winters Police and Fire Departments in a single Public Safety building, the project is designed to accommodate the next 25-50 years of growth in the city. Western Contract furnished the 34,000 sf facility, including a training room, an city emergency operations center, and a community kitchen for events traditionally held at the station. Calpo Hom & Dong Architects did all the programming and design for the facility.

Check it out in the gallery below:

Photos: Rudy Calpo Photography

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