Cadenza & Rota fixed seating from Dauphin are
crowd-pleasers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Diana Mosher , an editor with The McMorrow Reports, connected with Onyekachi (Kachi) Akoma , Project Manager, Design & Construction, Facilities Management & Development at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

A client of Dauphin, they discussed the medical center’s decision to specify Cadenza fixed seating in the auditorium and large lecture halls and Rota in two smaller lecture halls.
Diana Mosher 
McMorrow Reports
Onyekachi (Kachi) Akoma
Project Manager
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Tell us about your facility and user population.
Has the Cadenza by Dauphin upgrade in the auditorium changed how your users interact with that space?
Onyekachi: Since we renovated the auditorium with the Cadenza seats, its use has grown.
Was that because of the aesthetics of the product?
Cadenza comes in a wide range of finishes and options. How did you approach your selections?
Tell us more about the functionality you were seeking for the auditorium.
In your smaller lecture rooms, Rota’s fixed table with swing away seat system enabled a tiered installation. What other features were appealing to you?
Onyekachi : T he idea was to create a cool Star Trek-aesthetic for a futuristic-looking lecture hall. Rota accommodates people of various girths and sizes. With seating of this type, the number one thing people complain about is the ability to comfortably get in and out of the chair. You need to feel comfortable and be able to maneuver. I was really impressed at how well Rota accommodates people of different sizes—I can't emphasize that enough. It exceeds expectations.
What kind of user feedback have you received?
Onyekachi : We’re a graduate school, so we’re talking about people who've been in college for the past five or six years in all kinds of classrooms and lecture halls. The feedback I'm constantly getting is how comfortable these chairs are, especially in lecture halls where it’s typically a two-hour class. The ability to comfortably sit in one place for multiple hours is crucial.
Rota’s integration of power into the column results in smooth desktops. Has that also been popular?
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your decision to specify Cadenza and Rota?