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    California State University Utilizes Herman Miller to Redesign Spaces to Enhance Collaboration

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    California State University, Long Beach 

    Long Beach, California, US

    Case Study

    The next time you have a seemingly impossible design problem to solve, ask a group of 20-year-olds for help. That’s what David Salazar, Associate Vice President of Physical Planning
    and Facilities Management at California State University, Long Beach, did when he was faced with the challenge of revitalizing an underutilized corridor in the school’s Academic
    Services Building.

    “One of our main objectives was to develop an inaugural project that used the campus as a living laboratory for students to learn about design, facilities management, and
    construction,” said Salazar. “And we needed to connect that with the academic side in terms of classes that were being offered in the interior design program.”

    Salazar approached Dorothy Ottolia, a professor in the Interior Design Program and Department Chair at the time, and asked her to help turn a space people avoided into a place that would draw people in with opportunities for learning and collaboration. She presented the problem to her
    students and gave them two weeks to develop proposals.

    “This was the students’ first class in the Interior Design program, so I thought it would be a good way to warm them up,” said Ottolia.

    The students embraced the challenge, and after two weeks, Salazar and several campus architects reviewed the projects to make sure they were on track. Then, after another two weeks of refinements, a jury including the president of the university, private-sector architects, and members of the campus facilities team critiqued the students’ work and chose a design to be implemented in the corridor space.

    “The winning project was selected because it transformed the space, but it did so within the budget,” said Ottolia. “There was very little funding for much beyond redoing the floors, painting, and other minimal changes. Thankfully, Herman Miller came along and partnered with us.”

     

    "The old space was dark and dingy and was always empty. The new space is bright and alive. It's constantly packed, and the students love to go there." 

    -Dorothy Ottolia

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    Industry
    Education

    Topics
    Collaboration

    Applications
    Learning Spaces

    Project Scope
    4,140 sq. ft. corridor space

    Herman Miller Products
    Swoop Lounge Furniture

    Alliance Products
    Magis® Bombo® Stool

    Programs/Services
    Learning Spaces Research Program

    Year Completed
    2013

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    By working with Herman Miller through the Learning Spaces Research ProgramSM (LSRP)—which helps education institutions redesign spaces to enhance collaboration—the university was able to add seating to the new space that would support a range of activities and postures.

    The resulting design is a corridor full of light, energy, and, most importantly, people. Said Ottolia of the transformation, “The old space was dark and dingy and was always empty. The new space is bright and alive. It’s constantly packed, and the students love to go there.”

    The revitalized corridor is also highly functional. Thoughtfully arranged groupings of furniture offer students places to meet, study, and even nap between classes.

    Enhanced access to power and data makes it easier to charge phones or work on laptops. Wayfinding has been greatly improved, with bright yellow signage clearly designating
    offices along the hallway.

    Ottolia and her students have received letters thanking them for the new space, which students, faculty, and administrators say is helping them learn and work better.

    From Salazar’s perspective, the successful redesign is serving as a model for future campus projects. “We want to continue looking at different interior spaces and gauge how to better engage faculty and students, while also maintaining a partnership with furniture manufacturers,” said Salazar.

    He continues, “Learning takes place everywhere on campus: in the classroom, outside, in faculty offices. That’s the realization people are embracing now. These in-between spaces are just as important as others.”

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