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ACI: Refurbishing Solutions
Major renovation projects can present unique challenges for the facilities managers and administrators responsible for them. These types of projects are very complex, making it critical to use a provider with experience on every aspect of the project, such as:

  • An experienced team to remove items to be repaired. Sometimes there are thousands of pieces that need to be taken apart, catalogued and transported. Your provider should have experience successfully handling all of these details.
  • A variety of vehicles to transport from and back to renovation site
  • Ability to refurbish everything needed, for instance:
    • Metal
    • Wood
    • Upholstery capabilities
  • Other critical capabilities may include sandblasting, powder coating, CNC machines, skilled CAD/Solidworks professionals, sewing capabilities and the skilled craftspeople and specialized production equipment
  • Experienced delivery and installation team

ACI has all of these capabilities. Nothing is outsourced. Skilled craftspeople professionally handle every aspect of these types of projects. As an Arizona State Set-Aside* contractor government agencies as well as private businesses:

  • Prices and quality are monitored by the Arizona state procurement office
  • You know you’re getting competitive quotes
  • State agencies can purchase from ACI with no lengthy RFP or bidding process

ACI has worked with Arizona Parks and Recreation, Arizona Game and Fish as well as the legislature, governor’s office, schools, and various city and county parks departments to successfully complete renovation and upgrade projects.
*State Set-Aside: beyond the list of standard products and services detailed on the APP (or state procurement) site, custom products and services provided by these providers also apply. For instance, many times an office will need custom furnishings to accommodate space issues and the requirements of the people using that office. Though the price for these items are not reviewed by the committee, they are assumed to meet its approval under the statute. So you can contract with these providers confidently for infrastructure repair and upgrade projects.

Arizona State Senate

Case Study

Organization: Arizona State Senate
Challenge: The theater-style seats in the gallery behind the senate chamber needed to be reupholstered. They also needed to be unbolted from the tiered floor, sand-blasted, refinished and, where necessary, have springs and padding replaced. State Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Joe Kubaki did not want to act as the general contractor for the various providers who could do all these different services, including transporting the huge rows of attached seats out of and back into the capitol. But there are very few (if any) general contractors who would want to tackle this type of project, with a tight schedule and working with unfamiliar subcontractors.
Arizona State Senate gallery
Solution: Under the supervision of Joe’s long-time ACI Account Manager Carlos Esparza, the installation crew began the project as soon as the legislative session ended in July by carefully removing all of the seats. One of ACI’s semi-tractor trailers then moved the seats from downtown Phoenix to its industrial yard in Florence, AZ, some 60 miles southeast of the Capitol.
There the metal seating structures were carefully disassembled, cleaned, sandblasted and then powder coated to make them look like new. Next, they went to the nearby upholstery shop, where the new fabric that Joe and the senators selected was affixed to the backs and seats, being careful not to scratch or chip the new finish.
The project stayed on schedule and the seats were back in place in the Senate Chamber gallery well before the 2020 legislative session began.

Case Study

Phoenix College
Organization: Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium
Challenge: The college facilities manager wanted to reupholster the 674 seats in the Bulpitt Auditorium where school and other events are hosted throughout the year. For instance, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry uses the auditorium each fall for its awards presentation ceremonies.
Phoenix College: Bulpitt Auditorium
Solution: After meeting with Account Manager Kyle Pettibone and the shop managers, it was decided that the project should be done during the summer months when nothing was scheduled to take place in the auditorium. The seats were disassembled on site and packed onto pallets for delivery to the ACI Upholstery Shop in Florence (60 miles south of Phoenix).
The plastic chair parts were cleaned up and repaired as necessary before they were reupholstered. Throughout the process of disassembling, transporting, stripping, cleaning, reupholstering, packaging and transporting the seats back to the college, the inmate work crews were careful to keep track of each piece so that it would be returned to its place in the auditorium.
Staying right on schedule, all of the refinished seats and backs were delivered.


  • Full Wood Refinishing Services
    • Stripping
    • Re-gluing
    • Damage repair
    • Staining and finishing
    • Caster replacement
    • Structural repair
    • Drawer glide work & on-site repairs
  • Full Metal Refinishing Services
    • Sand Blasting
    • Grinding and Sanding
    • Welding
    • Priming
    • Color Matching
    • Powder Coating
  • Full Reupholstery Services:
    • Custom upholstery
    • Cushion rebuilding
    • Fabric coordination
    • Car, Truck & Boat Seats

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