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New Furniture Arrives at the Sombrilla

Eat, Study and Socialize in Style Throughout Campus

Now you can enjoy a fresh look outside of JPL. Facilities Planning and Development has begun installing new, contemporary weather-resistant aluminum furniture with wood-looking slats in the Sombrilla as well as the JPL Pavilion overlooking Tom Frost Plaza. The tables and chairs replace the weathered teak furniture that has been on campus for several decades. The area is considered the primary civic gathering spot for social events on campus.

Working with the Purchasing Office, Facilities selected the “Sid Collection” by Denver-based Emuamericas, llc., as it complements the visual quality of the area. “The choice of poly-teak slats is a sustainable choice because they will last longer than using traditional wood in the harsh outdoor environment,” said Director of Facilities Planning & Development/University Architect Benjamin Perry. “This saves wood to be used in more appropriate and long-lasting ways, such as inside of buildings.”

  • 80% Sombrilla Furniture will be installed August 16 to 18.
  • 15% Sombrilla Furniture (square table tops and bases) is due to be added on August 25.
  • The remaining furniture is expected in September.

Purchasing and Facilities teamed up to write specifications for a competitive solicitation for the furniture, securing five responses. The process saved the university 17.5% over the initial price, while securing higher quality furniture and a commercial-grade warranty.

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Other Furniture Upgrades
Since July, campus community members have been relaxing and studying on ganged seating with tables and integrated power stations and high top tables and stools in the Main Building ground level logia and corridor (below right). They’re also enjoying the new Parc Vue benches in the JPL Pavilion (below center). In early August, the Arts Building welcomed new lounge seating and high top tables and stools (below left).

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These beautification efforts are providing UTSA students, faculty and staff with a comfortable, aesthetically pleasing environment reflective of a top-tier university.

As good stewards of our environment, the selection of the Sombrilla furniture was given preference in part because it is made of a recyclable aluminum structure and poly-teak slats so will be able to be recycled at the end of its service life. All existing furniture that can be reclaimed will be refurbished and redistributed across campus by the Surplus Property Department.

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