Barrows, Inc. has successfully transformed select spaces at two local colleges using grant-funded furniture and accessories. Steelcase, a Barrows partner, chose both Radford University and Virginia Tech as winners of their Active Learning Classroom Grant. The furniture supplier then turned to Barrows to design and install the project. The new spaces are now ready for use.

“We have a passion for understanding how learning best takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can help,” said Chris Clemmer, president of Barrows. “We’re proud to partner with Steelcase Education to create the most effective, rewarding, and inspiring active learning environments possible for our local students.”

The Active Learning Classroom Grant is worth $67,000 and provides new furniture, workspaces and technologies for schools and universities chosen across the nation. Barrows works as a vendor for Steelcase and the companies partner together on multiple education-related projects each year.

Barrows has long been committed to enriching the lives of children, teens, and young adults living in and around the Roanoke Region. The firm currently supports the Roanoke Children’s Theatre, St. John’s Community Youth Program, and the Taubman Museum of Art. To learn more about Barrows, Inc. and their involvement in the community, visit

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