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Sustainability Matters

Responsible development adds business value to properties and communities

Sustainability is certainly hard to define within the realm of property management, but is no doubt a major contributing factor to the bottom line. Not only are businesses generally encouraged to meet human needs while protecting our natural resources, the following best practices are critical in meeting expectations and retaining quality tenants.

Operational decisions and amenities that result in the efficient use of resources are increasingly popular among tenants and investors. Both residential and commercial real estate developers should be aware of community needs, and promote sustainable living.

These amenities may include, for example:

  • Receptacles for sorting recyclable waste and compost
  • Outdoor furniture made of sustainable materials, such as recycled plastic and metal
  • Bike racks for areas that support alternate modes of transportation

Marketing your location as a “green” property and engaging in sustainable practices can lead to competitive gains. While short-term investments may be challenging for some, the long-term value is becoming undeniable to the industry, as well as global society.

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See the Recycled Plastic Coronado Bench

Learn more:

Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development

What is Meant by Sustainable Development?

Sustainability: The New Norm in Real Estate Development and Investing

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This entry was posted in Sustainability and tagged Property Management, Commercial Real Estate on July 11, 2017.
2017 National Grant Contest: Property managers can win $2,000
Upbeat National Grant Contest

Accelerate your career in real estate management — enter our contest and you could win a $2,000 grant to fund your tuition for one IREM course in 2017 or 2018. 

10 grants will be awarded, and the winners may be recognized at the 2017 IREM Global Summit. 

Submissions will be accepted between July 21 - August 18.

At Upbeat Site Furnishings, we believe in the ability of property management professionals to help solve some of the most significant challenges facing our society, such as building communities that increase mutual understanding across diverse members of society.

Upbeat created this grant program to help accelerate individuals’ careers in property management. We realize that education and sharing ideas drives personal growth, and the participation in IREM national and local chapters provides an exceptional opportunity for engagement, learning and networking.

A panel of three industry experts moderated by Upbeat will select the 10 best responses to this question:

"In the next ten years, what will be the biggest challenge in the property management field — and how will becoming a CPM help you meet this challenge?"

Ten awards in the amount of $2,000 will be provided. No purchase necessary.

Get answers to questions and full details at

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Upbeat New Products

New Products from Upbeat

                Upbeat is proud to introduce new products to our already diversified portfolio of commercial furniture.  Upbeat is constantly researching and adding products that customers will perceive as valuable and give customers the confidence of its lasting durability.  Below are a few products which we have introduced this year.

Metrix Collection

                The Metrix collection is designed with straight lines, crisp angles which are an ideal solution for your modern space.  This collection features a variety of trash receptacles, contour and flat bench styles available in a variety of lengths.  The recent installments of the Metrix receptacles now come with dual openings side doors.  These new trash cans come with an ergonomics design which puts less stress on the muscles and backs of the individual responsible for emptying them.  Additionally, these receptacles come with an option of an ash top lid which helps keep your site free of cigarette butts.

Metrix 40-Gallon trash receptacle, Dual Openings, Side Door, Ash Top:

                 Looking for a trash can that you can leave outside and not worry about?  Then look no further as the Metrix receptacles have a 20-year limited structural warranty with a 7 year finish warranty against fading.

Coronado Collection

                The Coronado bench is simplicity reinvented[MF1] .  The use of recycled and renewable material has been a growing trend in recent years with organizations such as BOMA.  With this in mind Upbeat’s selection has focused on offering products which are environmentally friendly.  This collection comes in both sustainable bamboo and recycled plastic.

Coronado Bamboo 6’ Contour Bench

               Are you in the market for a durable Bamboo bench?  Make sure to check out our Coronado Bamboo contour bench as it comes with a 10 years structural warranty.  If you’re looking for products to go with the Coronado bench then check out the Beacon Hill planters[KW2] which are shown in the picture above.  Coronado’s sustainable bamboo is selectively chosen when it matures resulting in a hardness and structural rating superior to teak

Coronado Recycled Plastic 6’ Contour Bench

            Looking for a less expensive yet beautifully appealing bench?  Check out the recycled plastic Coronado bench where the thick recycled plastic planks are made of 95% recycled content by weight.  Its recycled plastic is a hassle free bench as it requires no maintenance.  Just put the bench where you want it and forget about it.  If you are worried about the quality of the plastic, rest assured as it has a 20-year structural warranty

            Interested in being the first to hear about the new product offerings from Upbeat?  Then follow this link to sign up for Upbeat’s newsletters.[KW3] 


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This entry was posted in New Products, Coronado and tagged Bench, Trash Receptacle, Recycled Benches on October 18, 2016.
The Difference Between Expanded, Perforated and Slotted Steels.
Expanded, Perforated and Slotted Steel


Upbeat site furnishings, offers hundreds of products to choose from.  This wide selection of site furnishings range from trash cans, benches and picnic tables to any outside furnishings a company or individual would need or want.  When looking for a product there might be some confusion on what differentiates a product over another.  Upbeat strives to make sure customers have no questions left unanswered before making a purchase decision.  This has led us to create a source the customer can reference to answer commonly asked questions. 


One common question we get is: What exactly is the difference between expanded, perforated and slotted steel?  Perforated and slotted steel are differentiated by how they are manufactured while slotted steel is simply differentiated by the length of the cut out.  Let see how the process differs by comparing the Ultra Steel benches, which is available in all 3 styles.


Expanded Steel



The process to create expanded steel starts with flattening the steel to the desired gauge.  Then, slits are cut into the sheet metal.  Finally, the metal is expanded or stretched to give its finished diamond shape.  One of the advantages of this product type is that it offers this unique diamond shaped pattern and is typically less expensive than other types of materials.  The other advantage of expanded steel helps to ensure there will be zero water retained on the surface.  None of the styles retain water but the perforated steel may have a few droplets  here and there until they dry when compared to the expanded steel.     

Perforated Steel



Perforated steel involves a secondary operating process.  Once, the blank sheet metal has arrived at a manufacturing plant they can begin to perforate the sheet.  Perforating is a process which pierces or makes a hole in an object which in our case is sheet metal.  Manufacturers can perforate it in multiple ways at their plants, depending on the type of equipment available to them.  The benefit of perforated steel is that it has smoother, flatter surface than the other types.


Slotted Steel


Slotted metal is a sub category of perforated steel.  A good way to distinguish between perforated and slotted is by the length of the cut out.  A perforated sheet metal may consist of a repeating punch out of squares and/or circles while a slotted metal punch out tends to be longer.  For example, think of an elongated rectangle.

Why would we choose to provide three different designs for the same table, chair, bench and/or trash receptacle?  Its simple, we want to give our customer choices, specifically the choice of design and price.  The look of expanded, perforated and slotted differs and this difference may determine what is aesthetically pleasing and/or most design appropriate.   Also, we know customers have different budgets and with this thought we want to make sure our products fit into every budget.  ` 



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This entry was posted in Materials and tagged Expanded Steel, Slotted Steel, Perforated Steel on September 27, 2016.
BOMA 2016 International Conference & Expo
Beacon Hill Table
Beacon Hill Bamboo Table, 4 seats with Umbrella

The Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) 2016 International Conference & Expo was an outstanding event and Upbeat Site Furnishings was happy to participate in the “Green Zone” as an Exhibitor.  This conference has been in existence for many years and it is no wonder why.   From the vendor’s perspective the BOMA show has proven a solid opportunity to network with property and asset managers to learn about building operation challenges and opportunities.  Upbeat has been a proud member of BOMA national for several years and recently joined a local chapter in St. Louis.  Upbeat first went to the International Conference & Expo, which is held in June of every year, in 2015 but decided quickly it was well worth it and immediately began planning for the 2016 conference. 

                BOMA is an international organization dedicated to providing owners and managers of commercial property a source for advocacy, influence and knowledge.  It was founded in 1907, in Detroit Michigan and held its very first conference just one year later in Chicago, Illinois.  It has advocated against and for legislation throughout its history.  For over 12 years BOMA has been focused on sustainability and working with building managers to reduce energy consumption.  The organization continues to advocate, educate and provide a meeting ground for all professionals related to the commercial property field.

                The 2016 BOMA conference attracted around 1,600 attendees.  Upbeat has exhibited for two consecutive years in the “Green Pavilion” at the conference.  The “Green Pavilion” is BOMA’s specific area dedicated to eco-friendly products/ services.  Not only does the conference have 100’s of exhibitors but it provides an opportunity for those in the industry to earn continuing education credits for professional development.  Many professionals come to learn by attending the education tracks where industry leaders provide insights into topics ranging from how to create asset value to tenant relations and retention.  A prestigious award called the TOBY awards, which recognizes excellence in commercial building operations and management winners. 

Upbeat’s exhibit highlighted its sustainable materials in the Beacon Hill furniture collection.  This collection offers a sustainable style with contemporary steel accents to complement your choice of premium bamboo planks or maintenance-free recycled plastic lumber.  Upbeat understands eco-friendly products and services are increasingly important to BOMA members and the properties they manage.  Upbeat offers many products which use materials that positively impact the environment and some that qualify for LEED credits, like our premium recycled plastic and sustainable bamboo.  The advantage of our premium recycled plastic lumber is that it requires no maintenance.  All you need to do is place your site furniture where you want it and forget about it.  Our alternative sustainable material is bamboo, which is one of the most renewable resources on the planet and is stronger than teak.  In fact, the team at BOMA met an individual who was excited to hear the Beacon Hill collection used materials that could qualify for LEED credits.  She immediately requested product information to send to her team of 20 project managers.  Upbeat looks to continue to partner with BOMA in the future and find ways to help property managers find solutions to attract and retain their tenants.

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Get Your Site Ready for Warm Weather
Pool and Patio Buying Guide

Pool & Patio Buying Guide

As weather starts to warm up, you’ll likely see an increase in traffic to your pool, patio, or courtyard areas. The patio furniture you select to furnish your outdoor spaces can make a lasting impression on guests. Selecting appealing and appropriate site furnishings can make your site more attractive and inviting to visitors.

Umbrellas are necessary to provide shade for poolside activities; we offer a variety of fabrics and sizes as listed below:

  • 6’ Diameter umbrella – 30” (2.5Ft) bistro or café table
  • 7’ diameter umbrella – 36” (3 Ft) bistro or café table
  • 9’ diameter umbrella – 48” (4 Ft) round, square, or hexagon table
  • 11’ diameter umbrella – 60” to 72” (5 – 6ft) round or square as well as 72” (6ft) rectangular table

Bike Rack Buying Guide

It’s important to many of your guests that adequate bike parking be provided, especially during spring and summer months, when the weather is ideal for using bikes as transportation. This guide is designed to simplify the process of finding the right bike parking for your site.

An important aspect to consider is capacity, which refers to the number of bikes a bicycle rack can hold. But no matter your capacity needs, there’s a wide selection of bike racks to choose from:

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This entry was posted in Site Furnishings and tagged Site Furnishings on May 19, 2016.
Check Out the Trash Receptacle Buying Guide
Commercial Trash Can

Trash Receptacle Buying Guide

We’re excited to offer hundreds of trash receptacles to our customers but with that many options, we thought it would be helpful to put together a buying guide that will provide you with answers and insights to help narrow down your search.

Below is an example of the topics we cover in the Buying Guide.

Choosing a lid type is important for style and functionality. Considering individual needs tend to be different, we offer a wide range of tops that include:

  • Dome tops, bonnet tops and hood tops
  • Tip Action and push doors
  • Contour tops, convex tops and open tops
  • Ash tray tops
  • Recycling tops

Our Buying Guide details the differences in those options and helps you decide which lid type might be best for your site.  Click here to read the full Trash Can Buying Guide and see the other topics we cover!


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This entry was posted in Site Furnishings and tagged Site Furnishings on March 10, 2016.
New Products from Upbeat
Exposition Trash Can

Upbeat is excited to present our newest products for 2016! Make an impression on your site visitors with high-performance furniture designed for every style and budget. In addition, you’ll always have the piece of mind knowing our furniture is guaranteed to last.

Customer satisfaction is always a number one priority when designing new products and this year is no different. Below is a preview into what Upbeat will bring to you in 2016!

Exposition 22-Gal Plastic Receptacle/Recycler with Side Door

(pictured above)

Looking for a marine-grade commercial trash container? The Exposition receptacle is built to perform excellent in any environment. Impervious to moisture, the attractive Exposition trash receptacles perform perfectly in demanding wet weather conditions. The price is a great deal based on the exceptional quality this product offers.

Airi Collection

Modern Outdoor Bench

The Airi Collection offers a distinctive architectural design resulting in an organically modern and contemporary form. This collection, features the Leaf and Stix benches respectively, as well as the Airi trash receptacle.

Allure Collection

The ever so popular Allure collection has seen an update in the number of products currently being offered. We are introducing an attractive Allure bike rack that’s sure to add an upscale appeal. Looking to create a space-saving outdoor seating area? Look no further; we’ve added the Allure wall mount bench so that you’ll be able to effectively utilize your existing landscape wall. This appealing new design will be available in aluminum, bamboo, and recycled plastic.


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This entry was posted in Site Furnishings and tagged Site Furnishings on January 6, 2016.
Monthly Update: December 2015
Commercial Site Furnishings

Upbeat is currently running the following promotions, to help save you money:

Round Expanded Steel Table with Portable Frame – this table is a best seller and it has been reviewed by customers as a 5-Star product. Until the end of the year, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING on this table.


Recycled Plastic Hexagonal Picnic Table – this table offers multiple benefits including being made from recycled materials and being reviewed by customers as a 5-Star product. It’s no surprise this is a best selling product and through the end of the year, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING on this Hexagonal Picnic table in both standard and ADA styles.


In addition to exciting monthly promotions, Upbeat is also expanding our collection of wall mounted benches. Below are two examples of our new benches. Click here to see the full selection of new Allure wall mounted benches.





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This entry was posted in Site Furnishings and tagged Site Furnishings on November 24, 2015.
Three Benefits of Waterhog Floor Mats
commercial floor mats

Across the United States winter is fast approaching; with this change in weather your office lobbies and entrances will start to see an increase in snow, dirt and wetness. Conditions like these can lead to unfortunate accidents but there are certainly steps you can take to help prevent these situations and a great place to start is with your floor mats and entrance mats.

Upbeat Site Furnishings is proud to carry the Waterhog line of commercial floor mats. These heavy duty floor mats provide many benefits.

Below are three important reasons why Waterhog will be a great choice for your facility.

  1. Durability
    • These commercial floor mats include a one year warranty and layers of protection including: polypropylene fabric, rubber backing, and a built-in rubber water dam. Even with multiple layers of protection, they are lightweight and can easily be rolled up for storage during months when weather might not be a threat to safety.
  2. High Performance
    • As mentioned above, Waterhog floor mats use a polypropylene fabric. This fabric traps dirt and moisture below the surface and keeps it off the floors. These floor mats are built for safety; this is proven by the rubber backing which keeps the mats firmly in place. In addition, with the ability to hold up to 1 and ½ gallons of water per square yard, the built-in water dam is a truly stand out feature. Trapping moisture upon your visitors’ first steps is a proven method to preventing accidents.
  3. Variety of Options
    • Waterhog floor mats are available in a wide range of colors, fabrics, backings and edge styles. In addition to the many material options, you can also customize many of the mats with the design or logo of your choosing. Waterhog custom floor mats can be cut to your specific dimensions, making them the ideal solution for the demands of your site.

There are many options when it comes to choosing the right floor mats for your facility. But hopefully the details listed above will help you achieve a purchasing decision. If you still have questions, especially as they pertain to customization, call one of our friendly Upbeat representatives and they’ll be happy to assist with any questions you might have regarding our line of commercial floor mats. 1-800-325-3047

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This entry was posted in Site Furnishings and tagged Site Furnishings on October 29, 2015.
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