Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Small Firm Forum: Tour of Vetrazzo

Join the Small Firm Forum to tour Vetrazzo in the historic Ford Assembly Building in Richmond, remodeled and designed by Marcy Wong of Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects.

Vetrazzo was invented in 1996 in Berkeley. A glass scientist working on his PhD got the idea to capture the beauty of recycled glass by transforming it into a terazzo-like material for counter tops. He teamed up with an architect to produce Vetrazzo in small, hand-made batches for the local building community. Soon orders were coming in from all over. Production moved from a garage to a warehouse to a larger warehouse. Manufacturing capacity couldn't keep up with the demand, so ten years later Vetrazzo opened up a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. The first panel was shipped to actor and environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr. for the nationally televised show, Living with Ed. Jessica Gelin will lead a tour of the facility and show us exactly how the glass terrazzo slabs are made. It's fascinating and the scale of the equipment is massive.

Bring a brown bag lunch to eat in their conference room or join Linda after the tour for a Small Firm Forum strategy meeting at the nearby Boiler House Restaurant to discuss where the SFF

1/7/10 Small Firm Forum: Tour of Vetrazzo
Time: Noon - 1:30pm
Location: Vetrazzo, Ford Point, Suite 1400, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
Contact: 510/464-3600 or Linda Randolph, AIA
Cost: Free for AIA members; $3 for non-members. Please RSVP.

For more information: 510/464-3600

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