Boxcar Studio

Michigan-Based
Small Business
USA-Based

Boxcar Studio is a full-service, Ann Arbor web shop with a long U-M history.  We specialize in WordPress and Drupal solutions for educational institutions and nonprofits. Our services include strategy and information architecture, design, development, training, consulting, hosting and accessibility.

Boxcar Studio was founded in 2005 by its present owners, Lani Chisnell and T.J. Smith. Lani and T.J. both come from a non-profit background and have shaped the company to focus on their passion for non-profits and educational institutions.  Since 2005, Boxcar has served over 200 clients ranging from large corporations to major cultural institutions right here in Michigan and beyond including the State of California, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, the Church of Christian Science, WETA, the Michigan Theater, Lake Michigan College, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, and the YMCAs of Flint and Ann Arbor.

A small, nimble team, Boxcar seeks to develop relationships with our clients. We want to be a partner. To that end, clients work directly with the individuals working on their project.  We build sites that appeal to your audience, look beautiful, and are easy to maintain. Our shop of designers and developers strives to find a balance between our expertise and your dreams.

Our services and strengths include:

  • Research & Strategy
    Data Analysis, Surveys, Competitive Landscape, Focus Groups
  • Information Architecture
    Sitemaps, Wireframes, Process Flows, and Functionality Prototyping, Content Strategy
  • Design
    Custom Web Design, Responsive Design, Logo Design, Style Guide
  • Development
    Drupal, WordPress, eCommerce, Mobile Compatibility, ADA / Section 508 & WCAG Accessibility Compliance, Database Integration, Custom Programming, Cross-browser Testing, Social Media Integration, Content Population and Tableau Visualizations

Delivery & Launch
Quality Assurance Testing, Training, Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, W3C Compliance, Metrics/Google Analytics

Visit Boxcar Studio online

Purchasing Guidelines

As a best practice procurement recommends obtaining multiple quotes from the strategic  suppliers to ensure competitive pricing.

Access Quote to Order.

More information on the program and how to log in can be found in the job aids within the portal.

Ordering Information

Orders can be placed through Quote to Order.

PCards and non-QTO purchase orders are not accepted.

This portal is designed to help customers request quotes from multiple suppliers, select a supplier for each project, record data for later use, communicate via a message board specific to your project, and retrieve historical information on your projects. A U-M ID and a Kerberos password are needed to get started.

Additional Information

Boxcar Studio was founded in 2005 by its present owners, Lani Chisnell and T.J. Smith. Lani and T.J. both come from a non-profit background and have shaped the company to focus on their passion for non-profits and educational institutions.  Since 2005, Boxcar has served over 200 clients ranging from large corporations to major cultural institutions right here in Michigan and beyond including the State of California, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, the Church of Christian Science, WETA, Washtenaw Community College, Lake Michigan College, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, and the YMCAs of Flint and Ann Arbor.

A small, nimble team, Boxcar seeks to develop relationships with our clients. We want to be a partner. To that end, clients work directly with the individuals working on their project. The owners function as project managers while also participating in specific deliverables of the project, with Lani leading design and T.J. leading production. The rest of the team works together, primarily on development, to build out the sites, program features, functionality and integration and supply training.

Our services and strengths include:

  • Research & Strategy
    Data Analysis, Surveys, Competitive Landscape, Focus Groups
  • Information Architecture
    Sitemaps, Wireframes, Process Flows, and Functionality Prototyping, Content Strategy
  • Design
    Custom Web Design, Responsive Design, Logo Design, Style Guide
  • Development
    Drupal, WordPress, eCommerce, Mobile Compatibility, ADA / Section 508 WCAG Accessibility Compliance, Database Integration, Custom Programming, Cross-browser Testing, Social Media Integration, Content Population
  • Delivery & Launch
    Quality Assurance Testing, Training, Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, W3C, Metrics/Google Analytics

Supplier Contact

Account Manager:  Primary
Name:   TJ Smith
Phone:  (734) 786-3986 x802
E-mail: tj@boxcarstudio.com

Account Manager: Secondary
Name:  Lani Chisnell
Phone:  (734) 786-3986 x803
E-mail:  lani@boxcarstudio.com

Invoicing:
Name:  Lani Chisnell
Phone:  (734) 786-3986 x803
E-mail:  lani@boxcarstudio.com

Procurement Contacts

Contract Administrator:
Name: Robin Eckel   
Phone: (734) 763-9887
E-mail: robincc@umich.edu

Procurement Agent:
Name: Deanna Trinkle    
Phone: (734) 647-5752               
E-mail: webgraphicprocurement@umich.edu