greg wolff and frank sovich working at their desks in marathon office building

Greg Wolff and Frank Sovich working together at Marathon


Marathon Building Environments President Greg Wolff, who founded the Columbia business in 1987, announced his retirement on January 28.

Wolff sold his shares of the business to his partner, Frank Sovich, who has been with Marathon 15 years. He also sold the Marathon building at 1715 Paris Road to Sovich. Marathon Building Environments is now owned by Sovich and minority shareholder Patrick Marks.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve Columbia businesses the past 32 years,” Wolff said. “Frank and the Marathon management team will continue to support the wants and needs of our clientele and team members.”

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Each June manufacturers, designers, wholesalers and patrons alike flock to Chicago’s renowned Merchandise Mart for the commercial furniture industries annual NEOCON conference. The countdown for 2019 has already begun! This year several members of Marathon’s furniture sales and interior design departments attended Steelcase’s Centralized Dealer Meeting from June 18-20.

One Chair, One Workplace

Steelcase SILQ 418 Work Chair

A single chair for today’s workplace?  Really?   It’s actually quite plausible, especially given the increase in demand from businesses and organizations seeking a more collaborative and flexible workplace.   Enhancements in multiple facets of today’s technology are happening at a robust pace, increasing the amount of daily opportunities for workers to engage in short to intermediate interactions with co-workers and business partners.  Longstanding leader in office seating, Steelcase, Inc.’s introduction of the SILQ Work Chair captures the possibility of one chair handling all facets of today’s dynamic workplace.  

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At Marathon, we take great pride in working with clients on projects of all shapes and sizes. When the University of Missouri askes our “Solutioneers” to deviate from the customary black and gold, one can’t ever be too sure what the response will be.

We were challenged by the customer to provide a fun, collaborative space for students to use. The goal was to take a large space and make it usable and comfortable for smaller groups of student and professionals to use for collaborative purposes. Though housed within the engineering building of Lafferre Hall, the goal is to have the space appeal and be used by other disciplines in conjunction with the Engineering Students.

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resimercial furniture in lounge area


The modern workforce seeks comfortable, inspiring spaces that create a sense of calm and put people at ease – opening the door for creativity to flourish. To adapt to this shift, forward-thinking companies are increasingly developing offices with a residential sensibility in mind. In this month’s news aggregate, we explore the rise of resimercial design.


A combination of “residential” and “commercial,” the resimercial approach brings aspects of home into the contemporary workspace. We named resimercial comfort as a key consideration in our roundup of workplace design trends for this year – and so far, the conversation has only gained momentum.

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Forum Christian Church

New Administrative offices

Marathon’s Furniture, Design, and Operations divisions were thrilled to partner with Forum Christian Church to design and furnish their new administrative addition. Our team collaborated with WNB Architects and Curtiss-Manes-Schulte, Inc. to update an existing workroom and create a mixture of private offices, touch-down stations, a central collaborative space, and a new reception area. Working closely with Executive Minister Bradley Williams allowed us to implement the church’s blue and grey color scheme while achieving the desired modern aesthetic.

An active member of the Columbia community since 1954, Forum is a growing organization that ministers worship services to an average of 1,300 people per week. The new addition provides workspace for seventeen total staff members, interns, and volunteers, a significant increase from the nine spaces available in the previous location.

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Steelcase Series 1 offers the highest quality of performance

at a price that is attainable to all:

Introducing the Steelcase Series 1

Held every June at The Mart in Chicago since 1969, NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation—offering ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future.

As Steelcase prepared to introduce it’s Series 1 task chair, visitors and spectators alike couldn’t shy away from their showroom, EVERYONE stopped and took notice!

The sleek design, vibrant color combinations, enduring performance, in-depth insight into the ergonomics versatility needed for the ever-changing workplace.

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Jennifer Buchanan

Mandi Winkler




Recently, two of our Pioneer Window Works (a Marathon Building Environments division) professionals Jennifer Buchanan and
Mandi Winkler visited Draper Inc. 

Draper is an American owned manufacturing company in Spiceland, Indiana.  Spiceland, Indiana, a  town of about 800 people located 40 miles east of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Draper has been operating in the same location since 1902.

Draper prides itself on high quality American made roller window shades.

Draper’s new focus is to tackle more custom large-scale projects.  They have grown their custom department with engineers, invested in 3-D printing, and are tackling more architecturally integrated sun control options.  Another area they are growing in is exterior building sun control.  With smart motorized solar control options, they are providing exterior grade shades and aluminum horizontal louvers that attach onto the exterior of buildings.  These shades and louvers are programmed to open or close with the weather and sun location, by providing sun control on the exterior of the building this keeps the heat from ever entering a building therefore creating a more energy efficient building.

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With the Holidays quickly approaching, we have decided to put together a blog post that has nothing to do with commercial furniture, flooring or window treatments. 

It has to  do with the human spirit and how a small gesture can lift someone up so much that it may save a life.

Here in the college town of Columbia MO, we are as typical as any college town is when it comes to our athletic programs and in this case football.  We meet up for our rituals of tailgating, dressing in our schools colors and cheering on our Tigers…whether win or lose, we are there.

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Toronto is beautiful in the fall.

During the late days of summer and the early fall, Toronto is beautiful.  Recently, a few Marathon Building Environments team members had the opportunity to travel to Toronto and visit one of the main vendors, Global (aka The Global Furniture Group).  The Global Furniture Group’s origins date back to 1966, when it was founded with the basic objective of manufacturing well-made office furniture at affordable prices. That mission continues today through a network of vertically integrated suppliers, manufacturers, marketers and distributors.

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