Wednesday, May 18, 2011


As I am completely new to the United States, I have been here for a short time, I do not know much about interior or design companies here. We do not have many design companies back in our country, either. I know about 3form accidentally. I walked by one of the windows in our building and saw a really beautiful piece of press glass. It was from 3form. So I decided to get to know about them better. I was pretty amazed at what they have when I looked at their website.
“3form is the leading manufacturer of award-winning, sustainable building materials and architectural hardware solutions for the architecture + design industry.” Their products have different styles for you to choose and pretty colors. Moreover, they are a pretty green product. All their products contain high levels of recycled content. They are all rapidly renewable and sustainably harvested materials. All adhesives and sealants used by 3form meet LEED requirements. They never contain PVC.
Things that I love most from 3 form are poured glass and pressed glass. They are great solutions for walls, dividers, and sliding doors, etc. I even chose their pressed glass for a screen (divider) in the living/ dining room on the research level.

3form is never satisfied with what they have, they never stop developing new product to reduce the disadvantages of their products. Their new product is Varia Ecoresin.
Varia Ecoresin is their signature product. It is made from a minimum of 40% pre-consumer recycled material. Varia Ecoresin was awarded BuildingGreen’s 2006 Top 10 Green Building Products.

3form takes responsibility for their products over their entire life-cycle.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Case study - OCC library

Case Study: Orange Coast College Library

                Orange Coast College used to have several libraries at different locations on campus before the library we are having right now. Orange Coast College’s first library was a converted Santa Ana army Air base barracks building in 1948. The second library was opened in 1951. After that, this library was the Admissions, Records and Counseling Building. Orange Coast College opened its third library in 1969. It was closed in 2000 and went under an extended renovation processes and now become Norman E. Watson Enrollment Center. Orange Coast College’s fifth library is now located next to the Art Center. The construction began in March 2006 and finished in December 2007. The two-story 88,777 square foot facility is the largest building on campus. It includes library administration, faculty offices, student studying rooms, technology research center and entire media library.
              Approximately 21 million dollars of the funding has come from state capital outfund and more than 12 million dollars has been provided by Measure C. Architect for the project is tBP Architects of Newport Beach. C.W.Driver has managed the construction process.
              The exterior has been clad with finished concrete, brick and integral-color plaster to maintain the classic institutional appearance. This appearance is also repeated inside the building. The brick is made by Higgins brick and the color is Saturn Red.

              Since Orange Coast College is very high in student population compared to other colleges, the library also needs to be sufficient for the students who are attending. Flooring is an important aspect because the library has very high traffic all the time. The carpet used is carpet tile from Shaw and the color is Celadon.

This is Stainless Steel Woven Wire made by GKD Metal Fabrics. It is in Ellipse color. It is repeated on the tables and the stairs. This repetition makes everything go along with each other.
Granite countertops are made by Flooring Technology Innovations. The color is Verde Augustine. Easy to maintain.

All wood doors are made by Algoma Hardwoods Inc in Plain Sliced Cherry.

Metal shelving from Penco in Champagne color
Wall finish of the elevators are in Golden Allusion Textured from Nevamar.

Under every column in the library with Shaggy barked color.

All the interior structural elements are painted in White Fever color.

Most of the walls are painted in Cottage White

Some of them are painted in Cape Cod Blue color
All the paints listed above are from Dunn Edwards.

Sources:  Orange Coast College Construction Office