Furniture Cost Estimation Tool

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Cook County, Ill., IL

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About the Program

Category: Financial Management (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The Furniture Cost Estimation tool was designed to enable various levels within Cook County government to accurately estimate the cost of future furniture purchases for County Departments. This tool mirrors the furniture selections that are offered by pre-approved furniture vendors that meet Cook County’s furniture standards. The tool is intended to assist the following user groups: Agencies budgeting for future furniture costs, the Budget Department in planning for the County’s overall furniture budget, space planners and designers assisting user groups to stay within a project Budget. Accurately projecting furniture costs for a project can also steer user groups to consider used furniture once the overall cost for new furniture is calculated. This tool has successfully aligned customer expectations with realistic updates on today’s furniture costs. In addition to being able to replace outdated furniture, Cook County has been able to supplement new furniture purchases with previously used furniture that meets the user group’s needs.

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