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Steelcase Design Services

Find out about design services offered by Steelcase, Inc.

Note: Use Marketplace, UCSD's online buying site, to view and order Steelcase from BKM.


Steelcase, Inc., UCSD's contract furniture vendor, works through BKM, a local supplier. As part of the Steelcase contract, BKM provides design services that include:

  • Design drawings
  • Workspace planning
  • Budget planning
  • Verifying electrical and data connections
  • Recommendations for fabric, material, color, and product choices

To request a BKM designer, call the Steelcase UC Services Center at (877) 722-9090 or email

Deciding if you need design services: When you begin the ordering process, BKM's representative will work with you to decide if you need design services for your project. If you need design services, BKM will include a design fee. If you don't need design services, the design fee will be waived.

If you disagree with the BKM representative's assessment, UCSD's furniture buyer and the BKM representative will discuss the situation and make a joint decision on the fee.

Design categories and charges: Design requests usually fall into one of the categories described below. Each description includes the cost of the design services when applicable.

  1. Single or minor purchases that don't require a site visit: No charge
  2. Projects that require a site visit: Charged at 2% of list price of products ordered
  3. Budget assistance: Charged at 2% of list price of products ordered
  4. Large projects: Charged at 2% of list price for up to two design configurations and two revisions; additional revisions available at $72.50/hour
  5. Reconfigurations that use approximately 90% of existing furniture Charged at $65/hour

Buyer tip: If you are planning to order furniture, contact UCSD's furniture buyer to access these vendor's design services.

Need help? Contact our team via the UC San Diego Services & Support portal.