The design for this California-based Christian University included remodeling and transforming their newly acquired space, an existing 1967 commercial building, into an educational and living facility for their Washington D.C. Internship Program and its students. As a way to integrate the University’s west coast culture throughout their space, a frosted vinyl, graphic wave was applied to the glass fronts along the classrooms and administrative offices. The Client’s innovative space accommodates the University’s classrooms, administrative offices, and the residential facilities. The residential facilities house 28 students, and were designed as fully furnished apartment suites able to sleep two per suite, and are complete with a mini lounge, kitchenette, and bathroom. Earth tone canvases, and contemporary, Pottery Barn-like furniture were selected to provide the students the comforts of home.
Environmental Graphic Design and Space Branding
To allow as much light into the space as possible while still maintaining privacy for students and staff, a frosted vinyl graphic wave was applied to the glass fronts along the classrooms and administrative offices. The wave is Pepperdine’s mascot and helps to bring a west-coast vibe to this east-coast program. The graphic is continued in tone-on-tone paint on the walls between the glass. The environmental branding component of this space was awarded a 2009 American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA magazine in the Environmental Graphic Design category.
"Your design creativity was extraordinary and worthy of peer recognition. We are also very appreciative of the considerable time spent in helping us select the finishes and the attention to detail in compiling the final punch list and working with the Contractor." - Dennis Torres, Executive Director