BE Furniture is Awarded New Office Design Project for Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Newark, New Jersey


Business Environments LLC, a leading MWBE firm located in Morris Plains, New Jersey specializing in commercial office interior services, announces that it has been contracted by Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to design their new corporate offices in conjunction with the JLL Project Management Team. The Foundation’s new offices will be located in Newark, NJ. ENV and AKT architectural firms, along with E. L’Alease & Co. are designing out the new office spaces as BE supports them with product application. Similar to BE Furniture, AKT and E. L’Alease and Co. are also minority-owned and operated businesses both located in Englewood, NJ.

About Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is a private foundation based in New Jersey, that supports, centers, and connects communities and changemakers who are addressing the root causes and repair of structural racism and inequity in New Jersey. And for their foundation, 2024 signifies more than just a new year, it means a new home. Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has begun the process of moving its headquarters to Newark, New Jersey. For decades, Newark has been home to social and racial justice movements and immersing themselves in the area will strengthen their understanding of and engagement in this work. This is an exciting opportunity for the Foundation to further connect themselves with a more just and equitable New Jersey. Finding businesses to design their new home is not a project the Foundation has taken lightly. Above all else, the team at Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation wanted to entrust their new headquarters to a team whose beliefs aligned with their own. When they were introduced to the team at BE Furniture, both organizations were thrilled to discover their shared values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Concept for the New Corporate Headquarters

ENV, AKT and E. L’Alease & Co. firms, with the support of BE will continue to work hand in hand to design the space in its entirety. BE is involved in every step from furniture procurement to installation and making sure the selected products coordinate with the finishing details selected by the Foundation and the design teams. Bryson Fonville, VP of Sales for BE Furniture, had this to say about the goal for their new office design: “We want to make sure their new office is inviting, comfortable and inclusive for everyone. From the materials and colors to furniture selection, we wanted this to come through in each room and common area. It’s important for us to do all we can to encourage diversity within their space. We believe offices are an extension of culture, so it is imperative that the Foundation’s new home aligns with their core mission.” Fonville also speaks on behalf of the whole BE team to convey their most heartfelt gratitude and pride in working with Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. “It’s very exciting and refreshing to work with a non-profit who believes in the same principles as we do. Our shared belief to invest in under-resourced communities directly aligns with our business and cultural model. The project with Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has been so fulfilling because it’s an opportunity (and responsibility) we have to help them reach a community they want to be close with and serve. We love and take pride in being able to help them, help people who truly need to be represented and heard.” 

About BE Furniture

BE Furniture (Business Environments) is a leading national provider of office furniture and office interior services located in Morris Plains, NJ. As a GSA Advantage vendor, and a Small Business Administration (SBA) (Graduate of the 8(a) Program) vendor in the states of New York and New Jersey, office furniture procurement is made easy for government, healthcare, legal, higher education, real estate and other business sectors. Our company also houses a team of in-house product application specialists that can help business owners create a progressive, efficient and modern commercial space. As a locally and nationally certified Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE), BE Furniture truly encompasses diversity and inclusion within our own organization, as well as the clients we serve.

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