Kalmanovitz Library, UCSF

Placemaking design in Kalmanovitz Library
  • Customer University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
  • Architect Green Furniture Concept
  • Year 2019
  • Location San Francisco, California, USA
This furniture enhances the space so much, it will last, and it is contemporary and modern. Knowing that it is “green” and knowing that the owner of the company is amazing and friendly and supportive made all the difference…so in my mind, why stop here? Let’s continue and see if we can acquire more pieces around the UCSF Campus.
Sean Aloise, Assistant Director Administration & Communication at UCSF Facilities Services

There is a unique sanctuary tucked away on the main floor of the Kalmanovitz Library at UCSF Parnassus Heights. It overlooks the plush greenery and the Golden Gate Bridge, giving the USCF community a welcoming place to rest and recharge.

For the past 25 years, however, this lounge was a shabby and unwelcoming space, filled with dirty, old and ripped leather armchairs that were lined up in rows and decorated with food stains. The lounge was a magnet for community outsiders who would flock to the space to sleep and loiter all day long.

In an effort to fix this problem, the library set out to modify the furniture in the space transforming it into a clean and welcoming destination for the USCF community. The goal was to create a multi-purpose lounge for recitals, lectures, and more.

Haley McEwan, Director of Administration for the Library, submitted an entry into the university’s annual “First Impressions Contest.” This program awards ten submissions that propose enhancements to certain campus spaces – spaces that enhance and enrich campus life.

The library was chosen as one of the 10 winners in 2019. McEwan worked with Sean Aloise, Communications Manager at USCF and together they selected Green Furniture to enhance their library’s lounge. They chose the company’s Nova C Series because it is sculptural and architectural in design, easy to clean, beautiful and can be un-snapped and reconfigured for the various functions of the space. They were also delighted with the company’s dedication to environmental sustainability!

12

trees planted thanks to this project

Products in this project

Modules

Nova C Double Bench 100

Article number: NBED1
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Nova C Double Bench 150

Article number: NBED5
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Nova C Double Bench 30°

Article number: NBED2_30
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Nova C Double Bench 45°

Article number: NBED2
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Nova C Double Bench Endpiece

Article number: NBED7
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Add-ons

Nova C Logo on Rib

Article number: NBA_RL
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Nova C Table

Article number: NBX-XX
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Nova C Leg Charger

Article number: A01D_x
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Nova C Double B2B Cover

Article number: NBAD_EC2
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Nova C Wireless Table

Article number: NBX_TW
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Modules

Nova C Double Back 100

Article number: NBAD1
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Nova C Double Back 150

Article number: NBED5
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Nova C Double Back 30°

Article number: NBAD2_30
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Nova C Double Back 45°

Article number: NBAD2_45
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Nova C Double Back Endpiece

Article number: NBAD7
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Add-ons

Nova C Wireless Table

Article number: NBX_TW
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Nova C Back Armrest

Article number: NBA_A
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Nova C Table

Article number: NBX-XX
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Nova C F&B Armrest

Article number: NBA_A2
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Nova C F&B Armrest w/Charger

Article number: NBA_A3
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Nova C Leg Charger

Article number: A01D_x
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Nova C Logo on Rib

Article number: NBA_RL
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Nova C Double Back Endpiece Cover w/Charger

Article number: NBAD_ECC
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Nova C Double B2B Cover

Article number: NBAD_EC2
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Nova C Rib Charger

Article number: NBA_RC
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Configurations

Nova C Double Back Straight

Article number: NBADC1
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Nova C Double Back Wiggly

Article number: NBACD6
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Nova C Double Back Tilde

Article number: NBADC5
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Nova C Double Back Ondular

Article number: NBACD4
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Nova C Double Back Bracket

Article number: NBEC2
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Nova C Double Back Omega

Article number: NBADC3
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Nova C Crossroad 4 Small

Article number: NBXC4
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Nova C Crossroad 3 Small

Article number: NBXC3
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Nova C Crossroad 3 Large

Article number: NBXC6
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