University of Calgary Standing Table

Paul Downs Case Study

Innovative designers are incorporating the “collaborative space” concept into their projects.  The proper choice of furniture can drive interaction for small groups by encouraging quick, informal meetings.  To that end, we’ve been getting multiple requests for larger round tables as well as standing conference tables.  Circles have always encouraged non-hierarchical interaction, but manufacturers rarely offer diameters larger than 60”.  So how to accommodate larger crews?  Paul Downs has the solution.

Here’s an example:  a 12 foot round standing-height table built for the University of Calgary.

Commissioned by the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reserves, the focus of the project was to encourage thought and new ideas.

To start the process, our Design Engineer Nate Rossman created this video, showing the size of the table in the room and how many chairs it could accommodate.


After reviewing the concept with the client, the decision was made to raise the top to 36” from the floor – the same as kitchen counters.  We also decided to use chalkboard laminate on the top, to allow for on-the-fly note taking. Here’s a shot of the table in our shop, with some of the Paul Downs crew gathered around:

University of Calgary Table

Shipping to Canada is a little more complicated than shipping inside the USA.  Our amazing logistics team knows how to get it done.  So no matter where you are: If you’re in need of a large round conference table or any unique table or furniture design, contact us today.


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Canada Excellence Research Chair in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reserves
TypeStanding Height Mixed Materials Table
Project ScopeStanding height table to encourage new ideas
PlacementCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Custom Options36" Height. Chalkboard Laminate surface.