The District Health Unit of North Bay Parry is searching for suppliers of office furniture, workstations as well as equipment with proposal price range of $850,000 to $1.6 million.
There are three requests looking for proposals that were posted on Merx, a national procurement website. The description sites that the health unit is looking for new tables and chairs with a price range of $250,000 to $500,000 while workstations proposals are welcome as long as within $500,000 and $1 million. They will also need storage equipment, clinical equipment and other miscellaneous equipment for the health unit and they are willing to spend no more than $100,000.
The furnishing and equipment will be used on the new building of the health unit located at 345 Oak Street, Washington. These furnishings are expected to have a positive impact on the services as well as make the area more functional in terms of accommodation for the staff.
According to the health unit’s executive director of corporate services and privacy officer, Paul Massicotte, it was part of their plan that all the existing furniture will go through assessment whether it can be used in the new facility or it can be employed in other existing facilities. There are many RFP responses and they are still being received and subject for review. Further actions will be decided regarding the reuse of the existing furniture. He also added that the final decision will include other cost factors into its decision. For example there is the cost incurred during relocation and the changes that needs to be done in the existing furniture in order to fit the new location where it will be placed.
Massicotte shared that the health unit has a building furniture planning committee with 22 members coming from the staff and consultants.
The group was created in order to assess all the things that are needed inside the new facility while taking into consideration many factors such as safety, budget, and occupational health as well ergonomics.
All these factors should also be considered during office fitouts in Auckland to make sure the right furnishings are purchased.