Public Sector


Hb 1064

Santa Ana, CA

Sponsors: Herman Miller and Pivot Interiors
Design firm: Retail Design Collaborative
General Contractor: CDG Builders
Photography: Hannah Bernabe, Greg Garcia

Transformation: Turning Space into Place is a charitable project from Herman Miller, inspired by former CEO Max De Pree. Herman Miller and Pivot Interiors sponsored the initiative, engaging the local architecture and design community as well as local contractors and vendors, to band together for a worthy cause.

WISE: Women Inspired, Supported and Empowered
WISEPlace is a resource center for Women experiencing homelessness, to help them transition their lives and become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community. Their space was in need of transformation as well – they needed a space to welcome the community, making the women they serve feel safe and comfortable.

Six teams of A&D and GC firms competed by submitting design plans to revamp the WISEPlace community hall. The winning team, Retail Design Collaborative and CDG Builders, worked pro bono with donated materials from an assortment of local retailers and suppliers.

The transformation of the space is nothing short of amazing. WISEPlace now has a space worthy of their mission, with the added benefit of a sustainable source of income from renting out the space for meetings and events.

In addition to the transformation of the WISEPlace, our community raised over $8,210 for the emergency shelter, and Herman Miller Cares Foundation added another $25,000 to support this need. Herman Miller and Pivot Interiors would like to thank the charitable donations of time, talent, and materials from our wonderful industry contributors!

View Video of WISEPlace Transformation
Video sponsor: TekWorks

Wiseplace Hero

WISEPlace is raising funds to upgrade their housing facilities. Please consider donating here. WISEPlace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.


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