Marquette basketball scores a win with Sona
August 31, 2015
Sona in the Marquette locker room
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Marquette University is a Jesuit University of nearly 12,000 students in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s also home of the Golden Eagles and a storied basketball program that was home to coach Al McGuire and players like Doc Rivers and Dwayne Wade. So when the time came for new seating in the Al McGuire Center locker rooms, it was no small project. This was bound to be a high-profile job.
Kelly Sullivan of Interior Investments works regularly with Marquette and had placed SitOnIt Seating products in various installations throughout the school. When she got the request for locker room seating, she knew she where to find a great product that could be personalized – Sona, from SitOnIt Seating.
WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE?
Kelly was able to get renderings of chairs with the Marquette Golden Eagles logo on them. She remembered seeing pictures of the personalized chairs SitOnIt Seating had made for the LA Kings and knew this could be a key selling point. If professional teams were using the chairs, she thought, Marquette might be interested.
The facilities staff at the university asked Kelly to bring in chairs for a sit test. They liked the simplicity of the line and the lean, elegant design. But most importantly, they liked the comfort and feel of the chair. The Sona sample went around the Athletic Department, where, to Kelly’s surprise, many were ordered for individual use at desks and workstations. The university made the decision for the basketball program and ordered Sona chairs for the locker rooms in dark blue, to match the school colors.
Kelly worked with the university to get the logo and make sure the placement was correct. The chairs went into production with the logo and the whole project moved quickly – about 8 weeks from start to finish.
The Al McGuire Center project brought in honors from the American Society of Interior Designers, winning the 2014 Design Excellence Award for Entertainment and Recreation.
With such a successful project already installed, Marquette University has standardized on other SitOnIt Seating products. Torsa and Amplify have recently become university standards. And with more major projects in the pipeline at Marquette, SitOnIt Seating is sure to be in play for years to come.
Sales Rep: Larry Fehrm Associates
Dealer: Interior Investments, LLC