Sunday, April 29, 2012

President's Office

Our latest school project was to redesign the President's office. The exciting thing about this project is that, one of the three design teams would be chosen to have their design executed over the Summer of 2012, so I could potentially have something great to show you in the Fall.
I was paired with two extremely creative, and smart women: Viviana Velazquez, and Suraya Raine.

Here is what we came up with:
There are the best images we got of our presentation boards. This image shows the floor plan of the space which contains the Administrative Assistant's office, the President's office, the Conference Room, Kitchenette and Bathroom Space, and a small copy room.

We wanted to incorporate a flow through the space so we implemented a lot of glass along the outside wall, so from the hallway, you get a more open look (through frosted glass) and feel. We suggested having a window cling made of the Norwalk Community College emblem made, and put on the main outside window, which you can see on the second illustration.

We kept a lot of the existing furniture, painted it white, and changed the desktops out to ones with subtle curves. We have included a lot of shelving and storage space. In the President's office there were existing built-in shelves, which we kept, but again, painted white, changed the configuration of them to add spaces to showcase student artwork. Because we added these art spaces within the shelves, we have also put in under-cabinet lighting to properly showcase the art. 

Here in the kitchen and bath space, we switched out some of the appliances, from a full oven/stove, to a two-burner stove top, allowing not only more counter space, but functional drawer space to go in below. We were also able to find a compact Energy Star refrigerator/freezer combo that fits below the counter. We painted the cabinetry white, and found the above vertical grayish/blue white striped paper to use as the back-splash.

Wallpaper is an easy to clean and inexpensive option in a kitchen like this that isn't going to be used for excessive cooking. We pulled the blue color out and painted it in the space above the microwave to add more color in the small kitchen. We also put in a sunny yellow counter-top material, that is made out of recycled paper! You can find it here.

In the bathroom, we kept things the same, with the exception of a fresh coat of paint, some wainscoting, a new mirror, and some wall sconces. The larger mirror gives the allusion of more space. The sconces and warmth and dimension by layering the lighting.

In the conference room we just rotated the focus of the space, used a horse-shoe arrangement for the tables, and put in a Smart Board. We altered the closet openings to be sliding doors, instead of regular hinged doors, and they now go across the entire closet. We have put in a closet system with a lot of shelving for ample storage.

The last thing we did was re-arrange the layout of the coat closet and the printer space. We turned the coat closet so that it opens into the copy room now as opposed to opening into the secretaries office. By doing this we were able to open up the copy room and give more space for someone to get into the closet and use the space. We found a smaller printer, that has the same capabilities.

We wanted to create a more fluid space while incorporating influences of multiculturalism. This is a community college, but, there are people within this school from all over the world. We wanted this to feel like a cohesive space that could speak to any of these individuals. We accomplished this through the lines, curves, and color scheme. We have proposed that this color scheme be implemented throughout the school eventually to create a cohesive theme throughout the entire college atmosphere.

Overall we came in $5,000 under budget. The President hasn't made a decision yet, but the presentations went well. All three of the projects were great. I will keep you posted.

Happy designing. Remember, if you have any specific comments or questions, feel free to leave them below with your contact info and I will address them!

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