Feb. 2011 - Oct. 2011

The School of Engineering community was tapped to help shape an i2e Campus Transformation project called PolyPods. Flexible furniture groupings that both facilitate and encourage impromptu collaborations among faculty, students and staff, PolyPods also add a dash of color and interest to spaces on campus that were previously underutilized.

Five days of voting opened in February 2011 with a kick-off event hosted by President Jerry Hultin and former Provost Dianne Rekow in the lobby of the Jacobs Academic Building, where the contemporary furniture options were staged. All told, more than 250 members of the School of Engineering community weighed in on which furniture forms and upholstery colors they preferred - either casting their ballots in-person or by completing an online survey.

A curvy lounge chair, a rectilinear bench with a low-profile back rest, and a generously sized coffee table appealed to the majority of voters. The color palette voters favored included blue, orange, red, gray and purple. The final furniture groupings, installed throughout campus by fall 2011, feature combinations of the favorite pieces in the most popular hues.