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Materials Library

Presentation given at the Materials Libraries session at VRA 2009

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Materials Library

  1. 1. Kahn Interior Design: a Materials Library Case Study<br />
  2. 2. Special Thanks to<br />Christine A. Trupiano, ASID<br />LEED Accredited Professional<br />Senior Associate<br />Manager of Interior Design<br /><br />
  3. 3. An antidote to mess?<br />VRA Toronto Conference 03/19/2009<br />E. SimmonsLawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI<br />
  4. 4. LTU: Albert Kahn Library<br />
  5. 5. LTU: Albert Kahn Library<br />
  6. 6. Albert Kahn: “Architect of Detroit”<br />Firm established in Detroit, 1895<br />Used reinforced concrete vs. wood for factory walls, roof, supports.“Industrialist Architect”<br />Projects:<br />Ford Rouge River Plant<br />Fisher Building, Detroit<br />Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library<br />
  7. 7. Kahn Building, Detroit<br />Built 1931<br />‘New Center Building’<br />2nd Ave. Detroit<br />Renamed 1988‘Kahn Building’<br />Home of <br />Kahn Associates<br />Photo Courtesy of<br />Andrew Jameson<br />
  8. 8. Kahn Building Foyer, Detroit<br />Original Art Decosurfaces, fixtures<br />Mixed tenants<br />Kahn firm occupies multiple<br />floors<br />
  9. 9. 6th Floor: Interiors Materials Library<br />Two bays<br />Open entry to floor circulation<br />Subtle signage<br />Standard office partitions<br />Adjacent to central elevators,<br />Interiors work group<br />
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  11. 11. 4’ shelves <br />(inexpensive)<br />3’ wide aisles (to code)<br />Designated *most difficult area to manage*<br />Binders A-Z by manufacturer<br />Collection purgedevery 5-6 months<br />Large Worktable<br />Adjustable Height Shelves<br />
  12. 12. Carpet Bay: Periodicals<br />Availability “hidden”<br />within stacks<br />Titles of specific interest to Interiors architecture staff<br />2 years of coverageensures currency<br />
  13. 13. Carpet Bay: Table Anchor<br />Large, central work table anchors bay.<br />Used for collection browsing ANDvendor presentations:<br />- informal<br />- standing room only<br />- <15 min. <br />
  14. 14. Carpet Bay: Cutting Surface<br />User amenity<br />Cutting surface proximity to collection<br />Tools at ready<br />Evidence of more clear bin samples below<br />Zero wasted storage space<br />
  15. 15. Carpet Bay: More Work Surfaces<br />A place for tools(scissors, cutters, phone, etc)<br />Open shelves below<br />Color coded label by :- Type<br />- Manufacturer<br />Divider-mounted shelvingfor three specificmanufacturers.<br />
  16. 16. Label System<br />Color indicatesType<br />Vertical on RS of label for section<br />CAPS for category/type<br />information<br />
  17. 17. Label System in Context<br />Color indicatesType<br />Hand-done updates<br />Anomalies=<br />pragmatism at work<br />
  18. 18. Carpet Bay: Pull Drawers<br />Standard row dividers<br />Index card section separators<br />Anti-slippage shelf-liner in bottom<br />Manufacturer’s labels<br />Like with like<br />Flexibly sized<br />
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  20. 20. Textile Bay: Manufacturer’s Binders<br />Discreet basic divisionCSI numbers on labelsi.e. “9” (Division 09 Finishes)<br />Some binders arehand numbered in<br />marker<br />
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  22. 22. Textile Bay: Reference Books<br />Small section of shelving with books. Not within easy view<br />Books can be searched on the company intranet<br />Organized with a classificationsystem and easy-read labels<br />
  23. 23. Textile Bay<br />4’ adjustable shelves (inexpensive)<br />3’ wide aisles (to code but nothing extra)<br />Electrical Binders A-Z by manufacturer, with CSI<br />Flooring , Tile, Wall Coverings, Laminates, Fabrics, Glass, Ceramics, Solid Surfaces, Ceilings <br />3 1/2’ consult tables at end of shelf rows <br />
  24. 24. Textile Bay: Sliding Racks<br />Ingenious way to store AND access samples<br />Boards slide easily on tracks mounted to countertop and ceiling recess<br />Nesting boards =space-saving solution<br />
  25. 25. Textile Bay: Pull Drawers<br />More laminates <br />flexibility<br />Vertical and stacked<br />Multiple sizes<br />Labeled index cards<br />Like with like<br />
  26. 26. Textile Bay: Pull Drawers<br />Using originalboxes instead of more fancy/costlydividers.<br />Why reinvent the wheel?<br />
  27. 27. Lighting Considerations<br />Track lights<br />Bright pot lights<br />Full daylighting spectrum tubes<br />
  28. 28. Track/Task Lighting<br />Specific task lighting<br />
  29. 29. Natural Lighting<br />Perimeter hallway with entry to both bays<br />Adjacent to large office windows with<br />adjustable blinds<br />
  30. 30. Why this library works for 10+ years…<br />Physical co-location<br />by type<br />Use of CSI, if desired<br />Left-Right/Top-Bottom<br />Orientation<br />Manufacturer,<br />Alphabetic (A-Z)<br />Appropriate lighting for design accuracy<br />Cost-sensitive fixtures<br />Logical, flexibleapproach<br />Limited user group (<12 FTE) invests time to manage collection<br />Visually stimulatingfor design professionals<br />EASY color & word label system<br />Multiple storage options: binders,bins, drawers, kits, boxes, racks….no dogma<br />User amenities: work surfaces, tools<br />
  31. 31. References<br />Ascasibar et. al., "" UMich Architecture. School of Information Team. 11 Mar 2009 <>. <br />Harris, Blaine., Carpet Bay/Textile Bay Viseo Layout Drawings. Lawrence Technological University, 2004.<br />Jameson, Andrew. "" 24 October 2008, at 22:19. 11 Mar 2009 <>. <br />Johnson, Robert W., Ed., and Construction Specifications Institute. MasterFormat 2004 Edition. Virginia: Construction Specifications Institute, 2004.<br />
  32. 32. Special Thanks to<br />Christine A. Trupiano, ASID<br />LEED Accredited Professional<br />Senior Associate<br />Manager of Interior Design<br /><br />