Transformation: Turning Space into Place

Project: WISEPlace Community Room 
Designers: Herman Miller and Pivot Interiors
Architects: RDC and CDG Builders
Specifying Rep: Dan Lehouillier
Specified Manufacture: Modern Fan Company
Specified Product: IC/Air 3 DC
Location: Santa Ana, CA
Photos by: HB Photos

Grand Opening Dedication

IC AIR/3 DC pictured above


“The transformation of our meeting room has indeed brought new life and energy to our entire agency. For many years, we have concentrated only on the programming for our homeless residents and spent virtually no resources dedicated to our space. For Retail Design Collaborative, Herman Miller and Pivot Interiors to provide the much-needed renovation is amazing. It has now set the tone for everything we do. Just as our residents need a self-esteem and dignity boost, WISEPlace needed one as well. By improving WISEPlace, they have also empowered the women who come here to trans-form their lives. We cannot thank all who were involved in this transformation enough.” — Kathleen Davis Bowman, Executive Director of WISEPlace.

The project, “Transformation: Turning Space into Place,” invited industry leaders within the architecture and design communities to participate in an interior design competition to renovate and create a more livable community room for the women of WISEPlace. WISEPlace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping to end homelessness among women. For more than 95 years, WISEPlace has provided safe, affordable transitional housing, healthy meals, financial-empowerment curriculum and employment assistance, to help women move from homelessness and hopelessness to self-reliance.

Out of six firms who competed, RDC and CDG Builders were chosen for their winning design concept that was unveiled today as part of the grand opening. Pivot Interiors and Herman Miller oversaw the design competition and outfitted the entirety of the community room’s interior and furniture needs. The room was outfitted with the IC/Air 3 DC fan by Modern Fan Co, a 56″ blade span with nine blade finishes available that provides energy efficient air flow to the space.

To learn more about this project and the WISEPlace, visit RDC.