At the Pollak Library, partitions deliver privacy and practicality.
Originally built in the 1960s, the south building of the Pollak Library at the University of California, Fullerton was in need of a robust renovation in 2017. Not only had the structure been recently damaged by an earthquake, but it was also expecting new tenants, including the university’s diversity groups. Administration needed an all-gender restroom solution that would save space while serving the floor’s various user groups. To that end, safety and privacy were top priorities for the design-build team. Restroom renovations require a strong driving force. That’s a role that Tammy Adams, Hospitality/Commercial Sales Specialist at Mega Western, is familiar with and eager to fill.
Adams adhered to best practices. “Before I talk to anyone, I always make sure that I’ve done my research and I understand exactly what I’m talking about,” says Adams. “In this case, it was critical that we keep up-to-date with the latest laws and regulations regarding gender inclusive design.”
Adams is seen as a trustworthy source with her clients by remaining transparent and encouraging dialogue. “I think one of the biggest things to keep in mind is being knowledgeable and providing nothing but the facts,” she adds.
Adams’ thorough communication style extended to her work with AC Martin, a renowned firm with whom she hadn’t worked before. “There were times where I’d talk with them five or six times throughout the day,” says Adams. “I checked in on them, made sure everything was in order and provided relevant design education.”
Bobrick’s DuraLineSeries Compact Laminate partitions offered privacy options, cost and practicality. Adams and the Mega Western team worked with members of architectural firm AC Martin; PCL Construction Field Engineer, Jessica Stempniak; and the university’s capital programs group.
The team specified a gap-free system with floor-to-ceiling 106-½-inch tall doors and custom hardware, with occupancy indicator locks for extra peace of mind. A Formica Myriad Ribbonwood finish contributed to a flush façade and striated pattern when the doors are closed for added visual interest.
“Though a full room construction was discussed, I knew Bobrick’s partition solutions were designed with privacy already in mind,” says Adams. “I also shared the cost and the possibility of needing more subcontractors to finish the job with full-wall construction which can increase delays.”
During a value-engineering phase, the added trade costs related to full wall construction, such as HVAC, were dismissed.