Design Case Studies – March 2017

Following are some recent installations by our furniture and design team. We’re a collaborative and problem solving bunch – who enjoy a challenge. We love to create spaces where people feel able to work, socialize and be productive. See below, and give us a call next time you’re got a project which needs some thoughtful eyes. We are proud of the work we do, and our customers are equally excited at their new spaces.

Case Studies #1

All Saints Catholic Secondary School  – Working with a really large space, the mandate demanded we create different environments within. With a learning commons, it’s important to cater to all types of people and work – introverts and extroverts, private and group study. Person A might like studying in private (enter the Steelcase Brody) and person B might learn best by working with their classmates (enter Steelcase Verb tables).

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Another important factor for the librarians at All Saints was mobility – the ability to quickly transform the space from one setting to another, affording a wide range of uses – teaching classes, larger presentations, small group work and individual study. Everything from the chairs, to the tables and even the library stacks are on casters. The arrangements are endless! It’s awesome to see the space being used to its full potential. We offered products that support group, individual, social and teaching scenarios.

Products in the photo:
Steelcase Node Chairs
Steelcase Move Chairs
Steelcase Jenny Chairs
Steelcase Buoy chairs
Steelcase Ology height adjustable tables
Campfire Glass Table (like a whiteboard – top available in paper, too)
Custom mobile book shelves

Case Study #2

Durham Catholic School Board IT Department – The challenge was to integrate a traditional office with more practical spaces for the specific work being performed, including a social space, which was lacking. The department often had visitors – people who would drop in, but had nowhere to work – rather like a co-work space, therefore this space would not only act as a touchdown area for those workers, but as a casual meeting space. The table pictured is called the Campfire Big Table – the design was inspired by residential tables that draw people together. It is 40”H meaning people can both sit and stand at the table, making it a great area to collaborate.

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Products in the photo:
Campfire Big Lounge
Campfire Glass Table
Steelcase Buoy
Turnstone Scoop Stools
Campfire Big Table

Case Study #3

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School – This project shared some similar traits to the All Saints learning commons (see above) which was to create different learning environments within one large space – collaboration, teaching areas, private study space. The Brant design team, working with the architect, had a vision with this project and played a large role in choosing the product and colours. Mobility of the furniture was not as important in this case, but some of the tables and chairs are equipped with casters for easy reconfigurations. The soft seating you see is Coalesse Circa – it is available in many configurations and is great for both individual work and casual collaboration.

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Products in this photo:
Coalesse Circa
Custom mobile shelving
Steelcase Move Chairs
Custom shelving and lit signage on the far wall

On Community Outreach, Both Locally and Beyond

Our own Sue, along with other local and district Rotary Club members travelled to Honduras to implement the first of many literacy and education projects in remote Honduran villages. The first initiative was to distribute water filters. By improving the quality of water, the health and attendance in schools will improve for the young children who attend up to grade 6.

Team members also painted the Spanish alphabet (previously absent in all the school rooms) and numerals from 1-100 so children can improve their counting and math skills.

For fun we built tire swings, tether ball games and a climbing ladder at each school which were void of any play equipment.  We hope this will entice children to attend school more often as it adds an aspect of fun.  

On another note, a larger project is in the works for a teacher training centre in a village.  The training centre will train teachers and act as a central resource area for educational supplies. Students and teachers also received lots of office and school supplies to help them with their studies. A second and third trip to Honduras are being seriously considered by the group.

As a company, we feel it’s our duty to give back to the community – and working through Rotary is just one way we give back. Follow us on social media for info on our monthly community partner program, or stop by the George Street window and learn about things and organizations worth supporting in our own community.

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Innovation Cluster and Movable Walls

In-progress pictures from the Innovation Cluster here in downtown Peterborough. Featuring a product called Privacy Wall by Steelcase. It’s a modular wall system that uses glass, fabric and whiteboard panels to create space division, much like our office. It’s a great alternative to traditional construction because it can be altered and moved in the future (ie, if someone wants a larger office, the walls can be taken down without having to completely disrupt the office).

We are so pleased to be working with The Cluster on this amazing project which will work to guide business innovation in the region for years to come.

Brant is your local dealer for Steelcase office products. Give us a call – we’d love to work with you.


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Office Design Renaissance

These days, workers (you, me – you know…people) are rejecting the uninspiring sea of sameness that has come to be known as “the office.” Standardized for efficiency, this uniform approach limits potential for inspiration, expression and social connection with others. This office rebellion is causing organizations to rethink their workplaces — from a singular focus on efficiency toward a pluralistic approach that enriches the emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of people. Thoughtfully curated destinations blend design, materiality and performance, and give people freedom to choose where and how they work. These destinations deliver a more human experience while still providing the tools and resources people need to actually get work done.

Small renovations, and big overhauls – at Brant we’re your partner in making liveable, workable office solutions that make you productive and happy. We think that’s a great combination. Give us a call and book a consultation today – our design team is here to help.

Contact David Cox here!
296 George St N, Peterborough, with handy, free parking off our Water Street entrance.


New Technology – Nov 2016 Edition

At Brant Basics, we’re working hard to bring you the technology you need, to run your office in the most efficient, advanced way possible. To that end, we wanted to share some items from our new flyer.

The first is the Verbatim iStore ‘n’ Go – USB flash drives for Apple Lightening Devices. These are quick, and always at hand when you need to take files to-go!

The second is a couple choices in new, Bluetooth speakers. Firstly, check out the Alurtex Bump, and secondly, the Verbatim Mini! Both produce great sound, good for office music or to give a better voice in Skype calls or other purposes.

A complement product – the Vertbatim Wireless, 6-Button Deluxe Mouse is sure to put leading-edge convenience at your fingertips.

All these items and more are available from our newest flyer. You can shop on-line or drop by the store. Note, free parking off our Water Street entrance.


Check out the flyer here, and see specific product info on the items mentioned above, down below.

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Meet Stacie Tasker

Stacie is a recent addition to our talented Furniture and Design team. Give Stacie a call and book an appt. for your next renovation or when you have an office design inquiry.


Born and raised in Peterborough, it’s an honour to be part of the team at such a well-known business in our community. I have been in sales since I graduated from the advertising program at Sheridan College in 2009. Being in the promotional products industry for 6 years, switching to the furniture industry earlier this year has been quite a change! My job at Brant isn’t just to sell filing cabinets, office chairs and desks, but to provide you with the information, research and products that support employee wellness – all which contribute to creating an office environment that your employees want be in every day. From my initial site visit, to evaluating the wants and needs within your office space, creating concept drawings and finally, the installation, I enjoy seeing a concept become reality and ultimately, having a happy customer. My goal is to provide you with not only quality products, but an overall great experience and superior customer service.

Stacie Tasker Office Furniture & Design Specialist
t. 705.748.2291 x 29
c. 705.930.7506
Brant Basics |

Meet Heather Paquette

We’re happy to welcome Heather to our great team of customer service specialists. 


Heather comes to Brant with a great foundation of customer service experience. We’re pleased she’s putting those skills to work for our clients – you!

Take a few moments and get to know Heather:

Heather grew up spending her summers in Bobcaygeon which formed her love for the Kawartha Lakes communities. Prior to working with Brant Basics, she was a Facility Services Sales Representative for a corporate company located in Calgary, Alberta where she worked for over 2 years. A previous career path as a Registered Veterinary Technician combined with her prior sales experience allows Heather to perform detailed account assessments to analyze a customer’s needs and provide them with a full program solution. Heather is a member of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough with Brant Basics as she loves to develop new relationships, as well as grow current relationships. She is very pleased to be part of such a great team at Brant Basics where customer service and valuable customer relationships are paramount.

Heather Paquette
Office Products Specialist
Brant Basics
296 George St. N.
Peterborough, ON  K9J 7H6
O: 705-748-2291    Ext. 49
C: 705-868-5125

Meet Curtis Wong

We’re happy to welcome Curtis Wong to our great team of customer service specialists. 

Curtis has some great experience in customer service, and we’re sure he’ll make a great addition to our existing team. Curtis’ contact details are below.


A few words of introduction from Curtis:

I am locally born and raised in the Peterborough Community. I come from a work background where quality customer service has always been front of mind. My most recent experience comes as a Financial Advisor. My focus was to create financial plans, save the customer money and provide this service in a timely manner. I had the chance to identify customer needs and provide solutions for them. I plan to use these skills moving forward with Brant Basics. I strive to build and maintain quality long-term relationships with the customers I get to work with. I am very excited for this opportunity with the Brant Basic team. The team is full of friendly and experienced people that have the customer as the number one focus.

Welcome aboard Curtis!

Curtis Wong,
Office Product Specialist
Brant Basics
705-748-2291  Ext 47


Ergonomics (the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population and is sometimes described as Human Factors Engineering.)

First, some facts:

  • Did you know, that on average, 95% of an office workers’ day is spent sitting in front of the computer.
  • Musculoskeletal injuries resulting from poor workplace ergonomics account for 34% of all lost workday injuries and illnesses.
  • When done right office ergonomics can increase productivity on average by 11%
  • Ergonomics in the workplace is crucial for job efficiency and productivity, workplace health,
  • reducing the risk of developing repetitive stress injuries, and keeping company morale high.

and some questions:

  • What are your core business objectives this year? How about improving workplace productivity?
  • How about improving product/customer service quality and service?

Addressing these should be top of your list for this year.

5 Benefits:

  1. Reduced costs.
  2. Improved productivity.
  3. Improves quality.
  4. Improves employee engagement.
  5. A better safety culture. When we’re all safe and producing at a high level, the company
    and employees all benefit.


“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”  (Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University in an interview by The Los Angeles Times)

How the experiences team at Brant Basics can help you address ergonomics in your workplace:

Here at Brant, many visit our Ergonomics Centre in the showroom and test drive chairs, sit/stand options, monitor arms, foot rests, keyboard drawers, lighting and copy holders.  We are unique in the area because of our showroom.

Many customers are asking for our advice on how to retrofit their existing desks so they have the option of sitting and standing. We often try to use existing parts of their desks, where possible, and add new height adjustable bases, monitor arms, keyboard drawers.

We offer advice to customers regarding the options available
to make their workspace more ergonomic. 

Here is an interesting graphic which speaks to many of the facts we’ve researched from our wonderful supplier Steelcase.

Testimonial: “Yes I love my new adjustable desk.  I do not feel so confined to one position.  I can move my keyboard anywhere now that I can lower my desk and I can also stand instead of sitting all the time however standing and thinking is proving to be interesting!” – Sharon

Always innovating, we’re here for our clients.


Office supplies — from pencils and paper to printers and shredders, we pay attention to your needs and make sourcing and receiving products easy for you. You can view our full line of Basics products in our printed catalogue or by going on-line

Having the right supplies available when you need them is crucial to your business – we understand.  You can call ahead and we’ll have your order ready for you to pick up (we offer free parking off Water Street). Or we can deliver the next day within the Peterborough area.

Everyone can claim to offer the best selection and pricing. Our customers say Brant Basics really shines in our highly skilled customer service – our team makes ordering easy. Our front-line staff regularly meets with clients to facilitate ease of order placement. We work with our customers to create on-line accounts, manage “favourite lists” and even take orders personally, over the phone.

Our front line is backed up by a highly experienced, extended team, working to ensure your order arrives, complete and when you need it.  From our contact with you, either in-person, over the phone, or via our fully functional on-line store – our order-entry, picking, packing and delivery staff, take each step personally.

As well as making ordering easy, we believe an informed decision is a good decision. To help with that, we run free seminars and lectures on timely topics in-house. We believe these events help you make the best decisions for your business and team.

With our team support, you have less to worry about. As the saying goes, if you’re happy, we’re happy!

Testimonial 1

“It was so nice speaking with you and I really want to thank you for helping me understand the order process. I really appreciate your willingness to enter my order for me as it is a little hectic here and I can’t seem to find a quiet moment to get this order entered.

Testimonial 2

It is very helpful for us to use Brant Basics for all our office needs.  We used to shop on our lunch hours, travel across the city searching for sales, and use inconvenient payment methods. Now, we use Brant Basics for all our office needs.  Our basic facility supplies all come delivered to our door – with our order of printing paper.  It’s convenient, no hassle shopping. Brant Basics provides the service, so we don’t have to do extra work – we can focus on our client’s needs

Kim Nicholson, Manager,
Canadian Hearing Society

With the continued idea of always searching out innovative ideas for our clients, we present the following:

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#05186-01 Quartet LED Battery Operated Board using fluorescent markers

Draw attention your way with this LED black surface board. Write messaging using wet or dry-erase markers and light it up to catch the eye of potential customers.

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#44848 Fellowes® Spectra 95 Laminator

Includes 10 letter size laminating pouches.9-1/2″ document entry width.Accepts 3 mil and 5 mil pouches.Release lever disengages pouch for re-centering or removal. Auto Shut off prevents over heating when not in use. Ready in 4 minutes.12″/minute laminating speed.1-year warranty.14-1/2″W x 7″D x 3-1/16″H.Silver.