Express Kitchens chosen by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence℠ for new corporate museum display

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Express Kitchens built and delivered a custom Universal Design kitchen for The Hartford.

Express Kitchens built and delivered a custom Universal Design kitchen for The Hartford.

The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence creates innovative business solutions for the mature market. Staffed by gerontologists, the center is uniquely positioned to apply knowledge of aging to develop one-of-a-kind products and services for The Hartford’s customers, and specialized training for The Hartford’s employees.

The center conducts original research in partnership with academic institutions and produces public education programs on safety, mobility and independence. The Hartford has had this in-house expertise since 1984, guiding The Hartford to unparalleled success in understanding and serving the mature market.

When approached early the week of February 8 to design, build and deliver a unique kitchen for the company’s new Center for Mature Market Excellence Museum in The Hartford’s corporate headquarters, Express Kitchens rose to the task and delivered. Local competitor’s could not meet the deadline at hand. The Hartford Spokesman William Cruz said “my special thanks for the wonderful job you and your team accomplished in such a short time. Our business partners, the gerontology team, were delighted with the design and especially appreciated your universal design recommendations. The extra time and effort you put in were certainly worthwhile. It is a joy for me to work with people who are so dedicated. “

Congratulations to The Hartford for bringing Universal Design to the forefront in their beautiful, new venue, featuring, in part, changes in the kitchen for the aging boomer demographic as well as other state-of-the-art exhibits to engage that segment of the population to what is currently on the market.

Universal Design, also referred to as Livable Design or Better Design, means creating an environment that’s easy for everyone to use—regardless of age, size or ability. It emphasizes convenience, simplicity, flexibility and adaptability. And it goes beyond accessibility to include appealing and stylish features that are widely available today. By incorporating this type of design into remodeling projects for two of the most important rooms of your house—your kitchen and bathroom—you will help ensure that you can live safely and independently even as your needs change.

Besides the beautiful cabinetry and countertop, this custom kitchen showcases the following design features to integrate design ideas that will allow customers to live comfortably in their homes for a lifetime…

— Drawer peg board system for easy lift;
— Drawer mounted cutting board, pull out work surface;
— Double tier cutlery tray to maximize storage;
— Door mounted easy wire pull-out shelves with soft-close tracks;
— Base cabinet with built in easy reach microwave;
— Modified cabinet for wheel chair access;
— Illuminated Lazy Susan for easy find;
— Double trash and recycle bin with easy close tracks;
— Soft-close doors and drawers on all cabinetry;
— Easy pull down faucet sprayer;
— Easy access cabinet hardware for all doors and drawers.

Known for it’s large inventory of cabinets as well as in-house laminate and granite countertop facilities, Express Kitchens serves both the retail and commercial markets and is the largest kitchen manufacturer-direct company in Connecticut. To emphasize why ‘Express’ is part of our name, our timeline for the design approval on this project was Wednesday February 10th, production was Thursday the 11th, the delivery was Friday the 12th and installation was Saturday the 13th. That’s four days to complete the job!

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