The SBI Education Value Proposition

We Believe in Active Learning
21st Century learners need 21st-century skills: collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving. An active learning ecosystem environment that includes spatial and furniture considerations which support student success in 21st-century skill development will positively impact student outcomes.

We Offer an Exceptionally Broad Portfolio of Vendors
With blended solutions that support the rhythm of learning without sacrificing quality and remaining competitively priced.

We are the most Experienced and Comprehensive dealership in the Metro Area
Founded in 1955, we have been the trusted partner of organizations throughout the area ever since, offering a full range of services including Asset Management, Move Services, Furniture Care, Space Planning, Installation, Reconfiguration and a full Finish and Fabric Resource Library.

We offer Solutions based on Scientific Research and an abundance of Resources
White Papers, Case Studies, User Stories, are just a few of the insights we use to provide the best solutions available. We also lead Test Drive Programs, Pilot Programs and Customer Trips to National Projects and Vendors.

We are Committed to Education
We are actively involved within the Education community through mentoring and collaboration groups.

Portfolio of Vendors

Smith System



Sheppard’s Business Interiors and Steelcase Education are focused on helping schools, colleges and universities create the most effective, rewarding and inspiring active learning environments to meet the evolving needs of students and educators.

Using an insight-led approach, we design solutions for the many spaces learning happens, from classrooms and libraries to in-between spaces and cafes. We have a passion for understanding how learning best takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can help..


Students prepare for a future no one can predict and jobs that, in many cases, haven’t been invented yet. Educators are responding to these diverse forces with a refreshing openness, adopting active learning and embracing new technology. Yet, both students and educators must operate in learning environments built for age-old ways.

This Insights and Applications Guide by Steelcase Inc., provides the latest thinking on classroom design and learning spaces, including research, design principles and applications.

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Steelcase Education researchers conducted a design research study of 16 schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States to understand the dynamics and spatial implications of technology-empowered learning.

Six spatial insights emerged for blended learning environments. These include designing for flexibility, the loosening of spatial boundries and increased need to support video capture and streaming, and continued use of analog and digital tools for effective learning.

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education case study

Clintondale High School used flipped learning to improve student outcomes. They worked with Steelcase as they transformed a classroom into an active learning space with Verb tables, Node chairs, and more.

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New data from ongoing Steelcase Education post-occupancy evaluations studies show that classrooms designed for active learning have a significant effect on student engagement.
Comparisons between old and new classrooms were statistically significant on all 12 factors measured for both instructors and learners. The Steelcase survey tool can now be used to reliably measure the impact of engagement in learning environments.
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The University of Florida developed two active learning spaces designed to foster communication, collaboration and problem solving. Their solutions were a media:scape LearnLab and the AHA! colab.
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SBI Case Studies


Node Classroom
Verb Classroom
Classroom Technology
media:scape LearnLab

Node Classroom

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Educators are often faced with a tough choice: promote active learning or fit as many students as possible into a classroom without much flexibility. Until now.

The Node chair is mobile and flexible. It’s designed for quick transitions between room configurations. With Node, a classroom can flex from lecture mode to groups, and back again without interruption. Node can take passive space and make it active, supporting active and team based learning, even when student density is important.
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Featured Products

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Introducing the Brody WorkLounge. Designed to be good for your body and good for your brain.

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Thread simplifies power distribution, providing power to the devices we use and the places where we work and learn.

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verb featured product

Verb is an integrated collection of classroom furniture including tables, whiteboards, and instructor lecturn and desk stations designed to support a full range of teaching and learning styles.

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The Node school chair is mobile and flexible. It’s designed for quick, easy transitions from one teaching mode to the next. With Node, a classroom can transition from lecture mode to learn mode and back again, without interruption.

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media scape featured product

media:scape integrates technology and furniture to bring people, space and information, together for greater collaboration and productivity than ever before.

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SBI TestDrive
The Classrooms

SBI TestDrive

You’ve heard a lot about active learning, but do your classrooms support many modes of learning?  The classroom TestDrive program creates a space at your institution to test new behaviors and explore new space concepts to help improve student success.

Test new modes of learning

Explore new space concepts

Validate your experience

Minimize risk

TestDrive program includes:

  • A choice of classroom furniture packages
  • Student and Instructor surveys
Education Solutions by Steelcase
The return on investment in education needs bolstering, and that requires an updated perspective, new strategies and new metrics for student success.