Holmes & Brakel is a family owned and operated full service contract office furniture dealership serving Fortune 1000 businesses across NA. With our head office in Toronto, Ontario; branch offices in Ottawa, Vancouver, Tampa and Jacksonville, FL.
Since the inception in 1975 Holmes & Brakel has maintained a customer-centric and innovative mindset. Innovation At Work. For 40 years and counting it’s been our focus, literally and figuratively. Innovation requires a relentless tenacity to pursue new and better ways of doing things. It’s at the very heart and soul of our culture and our team.
Setting Ourselves Apart: Multiple locations: Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Tampa, and Jacksonville. Installation services: Strategic alliances and strategic partnerships across North America. Our dedicated technical support team and project managers work as liaisons with the Client and the designer.
A fully networked framework connects all offices enabling multiple locations to share a common goal.
Awards of Excellence and Recognition:
Teknion’s Largest Dealer Award, consistently awarded Premier Teknion Dealership Award
– Order Excellence CIBC World Markets recognition of Project 9-11 Recovery Effort IBM’s Supplier of the Year Award Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade
– Business Excellence Award Office Furniture Solutions Since the inception in 1975 Holmes & Brakel has maintained a customer-centric approach. H&B offers the best in furniture needs analysis & planning to generate innovative workplace environments. We provide inspirational office furniture solutions, founded in original thinking and ideas. Our team offers combined expertise and unmatched experience, providing you with truly relevant solutions that satisfy the unique challenges of providing office furniture services.We consult and make recommendations with you as if they are decisions we would make for ourselves.
We want your business. Holmes & Brakel works closely with the A&D community both during design development as well as in project implementation to ensure the furniture solution reflects the design intent while meeting established budgets.
As a full service contract office furniture dealership with 40+ years of unstoppable service, Holmes & Brakel provides the expertise required to fit your company’s needs with the ideal furniture solution. Our team of experts will work with you to understand your requirements, and present relevant solutions. As one of the leading dealers for Teknion and Global products, and with over 200 product lines from all of our partners, we are able to address each project’s unique requirements.
OFFICE FURNITURE INSTALLATION
Holmes & Brakel established a wholly owned independent installation & service company to satisfy an increasing demand for quality office furniture installation. With the growth of the systems furniture sector, the requirement emerged for well-equipped, trained crews of installers who could handle large projects in a professional manner. In response to fluctuation in the marketplace, our installation company has diversified its source of projects and is able to perform without reliance on any one client. This diversification is key to providing service to large corporations and on large-scale installations.
Operations Managers and Installation Supervisors manage large crews of employees on major projects. Skilled Supervisors have a minimum of 5 years installation experience, overseeing and working with our installers. The installation crew have multi-manufacturer training, enabling each project to run smoothly. Transporting the product and powering the staff is a fleet of well-marked, company owned and operated vehicles. In response to fluctuation in the marketplace, our installation company has diversified its source of projects and is able to perform without reliance on any one client. This diversification is key to providing service to large corporations and on large-scale installations.
Our wholly owned independent installation & service company maintains warehousing facilities at various locations. Providing short term storage or long term dedicated warehousing, the organizational and managerial structure ensures that all products are stored in a safe, secure, and space efficient manner. This allows for comprehensive tracking and efficient management and retrieval. Clients receive regular updates, periodically or on-demand, regarding stock levels. This inventory information is integrated into new product orders through Holmes & Brakel seamlessly. Strategic Alliance Holmes & Brakel is networked with Teknion dealers across Canada and has established strategic alliances throughout North America.
Account and Project Implementation Methodology H&B have developed processes and procedures that are unique to our industry. We continually review our business based on logic and develop methodologies to provide best in class service often where our competitors have struggled. We further develop these methodologies to remain flexible ensuring we are able to meet our client’s expectations by tailoring to the customer’s needs as required.
All project activity is tracked utilizing a proprietary database, which combined with our proprietary reporting tool, enables us to not only manage our high volume of work, but as well allows each member of the management team to self-audit our operations monthly to ensure the highest level of service to our clients. The management team also meets regularly to focus our continuous improvement initiatives founded in the analysis of our metrics. In other words: we audit ourselves.
Office relocation requires a tremendous amount of planning and coordination to ensure that the facility is operational, per the schedule date, and to ease the stress employees feel when they make a change. Holmes & Brakel will develop move budgets and schedules, plan logistics such as elevators, site access and security. We monitor throughout the process, ensuring that every detail is proactively planned to ensure that the move-in is on time and on budget. We will work with you and your trades to develop the move strategy, and plan all move phases, and supervise all moves. We strive to make the impossible “possible”, ensuring the facility is close to perfect for the employees the first day of work in their new environment.
Our team of professionals are skilled in office planning, furniture reconfiguration and specification. They are all graduates of a recognized interior design or architectural post-secondary institute. The result of our Services will identify all furniture components as required to ensure the successful installation of your new or existing furniture to suit your desired layout. We have proven success in maximizing reuse of existing product to meet your new workplace requirements. H&B will demonstrate the benefits of single source accountability for the supply of furnishings, installation, and services.
WAREHOUSING & ASSET MANAGEMENT
Our wholly owned independent installation & service company maintains warehousing facilities at various locations. Providing short term storage or long term dedicated warehousing, Pro Office’s organizational and managerial structure ensures that all products are stored in a safe, secure, and space efficient manner. This allows for comprehensive tracking and efficient management and retrieval. Our SnapTracker implementation of asset management software allows companies to effectively track office furniture asset information. It can help you manage inventories, compare proposed workstation layouts to existing components on hand in the warehouse to ensure maximum reuse of product.
For client access to your inventory, click here to login into the SnapTracker portal. Clients receive regular updates, periodically or on-demand regarding stock levels. This inventory information is integrated into new product orders through Holmes & Brakel seamlessly.
PARTNERING WITH H&B
Holmes & Brakel (H&B) works closely with the A&D community both during design development as well as in project implementation to ensure the furniture solution reflects the design intent while meeting established budgets. Standards & Budgets: We often assist firms in furniture standards development as well as budget development. Utilizing our vast experience and practical knowledge allows you to ensure the standards being developed for your clients meet their needs, regardless of aesthetics, function, or flexibility.
LEED support: Many of our staff members not only hold LEED designations, but more importantly have the practical experience of working with sustainable projects.
Industry Affiliations: Holmes and Brakel (H&B) support the IIDA (International Interior Design Association). We are industry allies of the IDC (Interior Designers of Canada). In Ontario, we are members of ARIDO, both supporting and attending industry functions and AGM’s. We are also active members in CoreNET, IFMA, and NAIOP, often chairing, or members of committees. We attend industry trades shows such as BOMEX, OFDA, NeoCON, IIDEX, Construct Canada, and many other trades shows, in support of the A&D community.
Our Industry Experience:
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PROVEN, LONG-TERM SUCCESS
Longstanding Relationships: Our multiple locations, installation services, project teams and our network set us apart from our competition, and our products, price, quality, service and people provide our Clients with what they deserve. Because of this we have developed strong and longstanding relationships with our Clients, our testament to Holmes & Brakel’s long term success.
TEAM OF EXPERTS
Our team approach brings the support and expertise of our entire company towards the successful completion of your project, regardless of size or scope. In regional projects we use our central team approach to ensure consistency in project implementation regardless of location. The H&B core team will be engaged throughout, with the local project monitoring and implementation being the main focus and responsibility of the local team. Holmes & Brakel is able to complete projects anywhere in North America due to our centralized team approach, and our alliances with product installation companies. Project teams are comprised of a Senior Account Executive, a Client Coordinator, Technical Design Support, and a Project Manager. These teams ensure that the client’s standards are consistently applied in all of their locations. Our Senior Account Executives are highly motivated individuals with a professional and dedicated approach to business. They each have 5-10 years of proven Project Management experience with long-cycle, multi-faceted projects at a senior level.
Our Client Coordinators are process driven individuals who utilize their experience and resourcefulness. They advise our project team and Clients on order status by utilizing our computerized tracking system. They check acknowledgements for accuracy, set up delivery schedules, and handle any other particulars that may require special instruction. The Project Manager is responsible for a detailed understanding of the project. They perform the third check of the drawings and create a link between the project team, installation crew, other on-site contractors, and the Client. Responsible for space planning, and product specifications, the Technical Support Team ensures that the Client’s standards are consistently applied. They will verify site, record critical dimensions and carefully plan the project’s installation logistics.
Industry Sectors Served
North America with offfices in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and in the US, in Jacksonville and Tampa, FL