August 2, 2011
Located just blocks from Union Square, the San Francisco office of the Taproot Foundation was ground zero for the launch of what The Nonprofit Times hailed yesterday in its Power & Influence Top 50 as “Capacity-building at its finest.” Furnished for nearly a decade by Ikea furniture and other donated odds and ends, Taproot’s physical space inevitably lost pace with the explosive growth of the organization, both locally and nationally. Enter Marc Flax, Emily Fettig, and their team from the international design practice of HOK.
HOK worked with the Taproot staff to devise an exceedingly low-budget solution, made possible in large part by donations from an array of manufacturers and vendors. Chief among them was Teknion, which outfitted the offices with new workstations and furniture. NOVO Construction and Performance Contracting Group provided crucial services, with material donors including Shaw Contract Group, Majestic Floors, SideMark, and Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes donating the Piet Hein Eek benches and table set that became the centerpiece of the ground floor space.
Credit: David Wakely Photography.