The University of Utah is one of the most innovative universities in the country. The U of U is constantly re-establishing itself as a University committed to forward-thinking, such as administering the world’s first permanent artificial heart. Some of the U’s most distinguished alumni are Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar, J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott International, and Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
A member of ACUI since 1978, the A. Ray Olpin Student Union has hosted hundreds of concerts, conferences and campus events each year. The building has four ballrooms and sixteen other meeting rooms.
With a student body of more than 30,000, and a campus that covers over 1500 acres, the University of Utah required a wide variety of furniture for different capacities and uses. Commercial furniture was needed everywhere from VIP tailgating events to meeting rooms, banquet areas to the basketball arena, as well as being available for rent for various events. The U needed furniture that was extremely durable, and able to be easily transported between multiple venues.
MityLite’s focus on durable design with products that maintain the lowest cost of ownership for customers has fostered a partnership with the University that has lasted more than 25 years. "Their products are sustainable … and they hold their value.” Venue Operations Manger, Rick Medley said. MityLite has worked with the University to provide hundreds of tables and thousands of chairs over the years.
In addition to being one of the very first to use MityLite’s ABS tables, the U of U has utilized a broad spectrum of MityLite products to solve various different facility challenges. Recent purchases include: Reveal linen-less tables, mobile staging, SwiftSet folding chairs and One Series Pro folding chairs. The University was also one of the first to receive the newly redesigned Magnattach® Portable Dance Floor.