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NeoCon To Host Prominent Seminars and Speakers

3.27.12 | Chicago, IL | NeoCon, North America’s largest contract furnishings trade show, returns June 11-13 to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for its 44th year with 100 CEU-accredited seminars and association forums. The educational seminars offer a range of important topics organized in 14 educational tracks: Dealer Strategies, Environmental Design, Facilities Construction/Renovation, Facilities Management, Facilities Technology, Health Care Design, Health, Safety and Welfare, Hospitality, Institutional Design, Lighting Design, Office Design, Professional Development, Residential Design and Senior Housing.

Seminar Highlights Include:

THE SAFE WAY OUT

Monday, June 11 — 11 AM — NOON

Safe egress from buildings is achieved through the understanding and application of building codes in interiors. Using the new 2012 Edition of the International Building Code, Means of Egress chapter, this session will discuss the basics and beyond as they apply to interiors planning. First, learn how the intent of safe egress is achieved in building codes. Review which building codes apply to safe egress. And finally, learn how to apply the codes to your own interiors projects correctly. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up to speed on a critical issue. [Intermediate] [OF] [FC/R]

SPEAKER: Kimberly Marks is owner and principal of The Marks Design Group in San Antonio, Texas.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Monday, June 11 — 11 AM — NOON

Within the AD&D community, the conversation about sustainability has grown beyond the topic of the environment and into a broader discussion about a social responsibility of which environmental sustainability is only one part. Learn how this new thinking embraces social, cultural and economic sustainability and how one can weave environmental sustainability throughout. Hear the panel discuss the big picture and why the definition of sustainability should be expanded into this new realm. Refresh your repertoire of design techniques that support diversity and inclusion. Consider new perspectives that will influence your design thinking for a more sustainable future. [Basic] [PD] [ENV]

SPEAKERS: Liz Ogbu is an environments designer for IDEO in Palo Alto, California. ” Monica Chadha is co-founder of Converge: Exchange in Chicago, Illinois. — Kate Lydon is an environments designer for IDEO in Palo Alto, California.

DESIGN PARTNERSHIPS WITH NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Monday, June 11 — 1 — 2 PM

Non-profit organizations have unique design and operational characteristics. Design projects for these organizations require a different set of design strategies, processes and implementation tools to help align organizational objectives with effective design outcomes. Learn how to apply different methods and design processes to help properly align timing issues, funding sources and operational requirements for non-profit organizations. Gain the skills to evaluate the typology of non-profit organizations to develop effective design solutions. Discuss the common characteristics of non-profit organizations, public-sector organizations and private companies that can be effectively transformed into design solutions. [Intermediate] [PD] [INST]

SPEAKERS: David Loehr, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal at HGA Architects and Engineers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ” Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C, is a partner at Studio 2030 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

THE CHALLENGE OF WORKING IN INTERNATIONALCOUNTRIES

Monday, June 11 — 1 — 2 PM

International work might sound exciting and glamorous, but language, culture, expectations codes and building practices in other countries can present many obstacles. Western firms typically pass their design concept on to local partners for implementation. How can designers communicate their intent effectively and maintain project integrity as it leaves their hands? Understand the variations and challenges in international markets vs. US standard practice. Get the most effective communication and presentation methods to convey design intent. Recognize what you can control and what you can’t, and when both situations can be used to the project’s advantage. Leave the session ready to take on that next project overseas or across the border. [Intermediate] [FC/R] [PD]

SPEAKERS: Bruce Rhoades LEED AP, is director of interiors for KlingStubbins in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ” Sarah Springer, IIDA, LEED AP, is design principal of interiors for KlingStubbins in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

TRADING PLACES: THE IMPACT OF HIGH DENSITY TECHNOLOGY ON SPACE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Monday, June 11 — 1- 2 PM

Gain knowledge on trading desk/bench design and how it relates to accommodating an extensive list of technology and how to best position the process. Establish how to contain technology within and above the desk while ensuring mechanical infer structure requirements and ergonomic needs. Discover why designing furniture as a central element to the project needs to be injected into the schedule at an early stage and learn how to accomplish it. Realize how to solve issues related to inherent conflicts within the design brief. [Intermediate] [FT]

SPEAKERS; Charles Braham, president of Innovant, Inc. in New York, New York. — Charles DuTemple, CCNA, CNE, CAN, is senior associate, technology systems for ESD in Chicago, Illinois — Joseph DuTemple, IEEE, BICSI, is vice president, electronic trading for ESD in Chicago, Illinois

PRESCRIPTION FOR PATIENT SAFETY: DESIGN�S IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE EDUCATION AND CAREGIVER DELIVERY

Monday, June 11 — 2:30 — 3:30 PM

Hear about the creation of state-of-the-art facilities that offer comprehensive education and simulation training solutions. Learn why the spaces represent the future of healthcare building and how their flexible design unites people, place, processes and performance to strengthen healthcare delivery. Learn how to integrate elastic capacity, adaptive capability, and future scalability into healthcare design to prepare for a growing population of users and to accommodate the latest in advanced technology. Discover firsthand from a caregiver on the front lines how healthcare facilities can accommodate training within a smaller, more adjustable footprint. See how a collaborative design approach can help address core needs early on in a project, and how to shift equipment and environment decisions later in the process to avoid design costs or freezing solutions too soon. [Basic] [HC]

SPEAKERS: Deanne Beckwith, IDSA, is an industrial designer and design management consultant with Herman Miller, Inc./Herman Miller Healthcare in Norfolk, Virginia. — Dr. Yuri Milo, AIMS, SSIH, ACS, is director of the simulation and training environment lab for SiTEL in Washington, D.C.

DESIGN FOR INNOVATION: AMGEN WORKPLACE FOR THE FUTURE PILOT PROJECT

Monday, June 11 — 4 — 5 PM

Is the workplace still relevant? It’s a question top companies are asking themselves as they struggle to engage an increasingly mobile, multi-generational and culturally diverse workforce. Follow the story of one such company who met the challenge head-on. Gain key insights into the strategies driving next generation workplace design. Understand the key drivers of innovation, collaboration and creativity that are most important to today’s top performing companies. Explore design strategy as a tool to link workplace design with worker performance. Discover how alternative project delivery processes can streamline creativity and create true client value. [Advanced] [OF]

SPEAKERS: Chris Coldoff, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, is a senior associate at Gensler in Santa Monica, California. — Barbara Bouza, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal at Gensler in Santa Monica, California. — Greg Nelson, IIDA, is an associate for Gensler in Santa Monica, California.

CREATING A SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE CAMPUS: THE INTERSECTION OF EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN, LEED FOR HEALTHCARE AND WORLD CLASS OBJECTIVES

Monday, June 11 — 4 — 5 PM

Design guidelines are often lengthy and complex, and sometimes contradictory. Critical care environments, such as hospitals and clinics, add more layers of requirements. Learn how the military health system's world class guidelines, the US Army Medical Command's sustainability vision, LEED for Healthcare, USGBC Pilot Credits and evidence-based design methodology merged to create a vision for a whole-campus approach to healthcare design. Gain insight into how the research was used to develop solutions for energy, water, waste, and infection control. Hear how EBD groups were formed, and understand how the development of these solutions influenced an organizational culture shift toward long-term optimization of patient care, staff care and sustainable facility management. Understand how research is used to support and inform the project on the use of antimicrobials, their implications for infection control and human environmental health. [Intermediate] [HC] [ENV]

SPEAKERS: Jean Hansen, FIIDA, CID, LEED AP BD+C, AAHID, EDAC, is sustainable interiors manager for HDR Architecture, Inc. in San Francisco, California. — Susan Donkers, LEED AP BD+C, is sustainable design project manager for HDR Architecture, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia. ” Barbara Dellinger, AAHID, IIDA, CID, EDAC, is director of healthcare interiors for HDR Architecture, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia.

SOCIAL COLLABORATION; BUILDING A COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE AND SHARED PURPOSE

Tuesday, June 12 — 9:30 ” 10:30 AM

Good ideas come from building a collective intelligence and shared purpose. As our culture becomes device-based (phones, tablets, apps, etc.), what happens to the intersection of knowledge, work and space? Discuss the significance of a device-based culture and how it impacts the workplace. Explore how technology fuels social collaboration and its role in organizational and individual performance. Learn the changing ways in which space’responding to constant critique, conversation and debate�can become critical as an incubator for the generation of great ideas and innovation. [Intermediate] [OF]

SPEAKERS: Jim Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is director of design for Little in Charlotte, North Carolina. ” Carol Rickard-Brideau, AIA, LEED AP BD + C, is office president of Little in Arlington, Virginia.

SPEAKERS: ENVISIONING ADAPTATION: DESIGN AS A BRIDGE TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Tuesday, June 12 — 9:30 ” 10:30 AM

Are we simply solving today’s problems, or truly designing for the future? Starting now, we must design for both today’s volatile market and a future that we can only assume will treat energy and waste differently than we do. For sustainability to have real traction in the world of interior furniture, fixtures and finishes, we need to perform exceptionally in today’s competitive market, and avoid obsolescence and landfill in an unknown future. Hear about he debunked “flexibility” myth. Learn how to create core strength for true adaptability and sustainability. Find out how to create and specify more open-ended solutions that address both current program and change with out disposal. And then get the talking points that share the ideas beautifully with your clients. [Intermediate] [OF] [ENV]

Jennifer Busch, Hon. IIDA, is vice president of A&D market development for InterfaceFLOR in New York, New York. ” Louis Schump, LEED AP, is a senior associate at HOK in San Francisco, California. ” Scott Francisco is founding director of Pilot Projects in New York, New York.

FOSSIL: WHAT VINTAGE ARE YOU? GET INSPIRED BY A BRANDED GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS

Tuesday, June 12 — 11AM ” NOON

Hear about the new home of Fossil, a global watch, clothing and fashion accessory company. Discover the many exciting opportunities and daunting challenges this team explored in transforming two late modern structures into a remarkable, creative-collaborative environment. See how a brand image influences that environment. Follow the client/design team relationship through the process and recognize it as the basis for success. Learn how true collaboration, including the role of the manufacturer, Knoll in this instance, is vital to a design’s successful implementation. [Intermediate] [OF]

SPEAKERS: Stephen Park, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, is design lead of Corgan in Dallas, Texas. ” Lindsay Wilson, RID, IIDA, LEED AP, is principal at Corgan Associates in Dallas, Texas. ” Jill Elliot-Sones is vice president and creative director for Fossil in Richardson, Texas.

RE-IMAGINING THE UNITED NATIONS: FINN JUHL'S TRUSTEESHIP CHAMBER

Tuesday, June 12 — 11AM ” NOON

The United Nations Capital Master Plan presents a collection of preservation problems that constitutes, when taken together, a microcosm of preservation issues related to mid-century modern architecture. The Trusteeship Council Chamber remains one of the iconic spaces at the UN Headquarters despite many changes to the programmatic function and interior. The current preservation project strives to balance past and future. Hear the specifics about the latest advancements in state of the art technology and how they’re being used in this historic space in seamless fashion. See one approach to difficult space planning that upholds accessibility clearances and at the same time increases seat count and preserves sight lines. Get one team’s take on how to strike a balance between the need for modern interventions and the character of an important and sensitive mid-century modern space. [Basic] [FC/R]

SPEAKERS: Mary Burke, AIA, IIDA, is a principal at Burke Design & Architecture PLLC in New York, New York. — Anthony Cohn, AIA, LEED AP, is design principal at EYP Architecture & Engineering in New York, New York. ” Kasper Salto is a partner and product designer for Salto & Sigsgaard in Copenhagen, Denmark.

ALAPHABET SOUP or GREEN CLAIMS THAT MATTER FROM PEOPLE WHO KNOW

Tuesday, June 12 — 1 — 2 PM

Scrutiny of products” environmental claims has never been greater. The FTC, GAS and EPA are looking to regulate “green,” while groups like the Green Products Roundtable (GPR) and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) are working to define it. Get the right information to navigate the increasingly complex and rapidly changing requirements of environmental claims and communication. Find out how the regulations being developed by the EPA and GSA around EO 13514 and the revisions to the FTC Green Guides will alter the green products marketplace in the U.S. Discuss what groups like the GPR and TSC are doing to define a green product and how to get involved. Finally, learn how to appropriately communicate a product’s green claim to maximize its acceptance with government and institutional purchasers as well as consumers. [Intermediate] [ENV]

SPEAKERS: Mark Rossolo, LEED AP, is director of public affairs for GREENGUARD Environmental Institute in Marietta, Georgia.

THE NEW FACE OF CAMPBELL

Tuesday, June 12 — 2:30 PM ” 3:30 PM

Follow the case study of an extraordinary project, chosen for many design awards including LEED NC Silver. Explore the challenges faced when a team was recreating the 85,000 square footworkplace of a legendary company whose products for many decades have been a staple in every kitchen in America. Hear how Campbell and its partners organized support and advocacy by senior management and employees undergoing significant change in how they work, including transparent change management with clear communications throughout. From their holistic workplace evaluation to their early and continual practice of inclusion and re-evaluation, learn the incredible steps taken to ensure success. And you can use the information for your own future overhaul projects. See how to organize teams, plan the communication, conduct surveys to inform your design, and how to create value for owners as you go. [Intermediate] [OF][ENV]

SPEAKERS: Amy Manley, IIDA, is director of workplace strategies for KlingStubbins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. — Beth Jolly is director and CEO of communications of Campbell Soup Company in Camden, New Jersey. ” Tracy Brower is director of Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan.

GREEN BUILDINGS AND SUSTAINABLE GOALS

Tuesday, June 12 — 2:30 ” 3:30 PM

The growing practice of building green and establishing sustainability goals is driving the need to better understand the differences between conventional construction and the use of modular interiors. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of both. Using client case studies and One Haworth Center, global headquarters of Haworth Inc. as examples, examine specific approaches and applications to understand and quantify the benefits of an integrated project delivery. Explore the benefits and advantages of designing and installing modular interiors in the pursuit of building green and sustainable facilities. Use examples of other LEED projects to understand the benefits of designing this way. [Intermediate] [ENV]

SPEAKER: Steven Kooy is the global sustainability manager for Haworth, Inc. in Holland, Michigan.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY ANIMATION DEPARTMENT: A CASE STUDY

Tuesday, June 12 — 2:30 ” 3:30 PM

The renovation of LMU’s animation department focuses on the power of the space in between classrooms as a meaningful and contributive learning environment. See how the design team applied proven workplace trends to this education project, and leveraged multi-disciplinary design intelligence and long-term campus relationships. Use the LMU project example to analyze ways that workplace trends and research can be applied to educational projects. Learn how a multi-disciplinary design process contributed to project success. And consider how different modes of hand-on learning can be facilitated in both classrooms and social settings. [Intermediate] [INST]

SPEAKERS: Charrisse Johnston, ASID, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA, is an associate at Gensler in Los Angeles, California. ” Shawn Gehle, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is design director of Gensler in Los Angeles, California.

THE ERGONOMICS OF LIGHTING FOR OFFICE ENVIRONMENTS

Tuesday, June 12 — 2:30 ” 3:30 PM

Dual-source lighting schemes can boost worker comfort and productivity while optimizing energy use for tangible cost savings. Through case studies, review how lighting needs vary from person to person and get guidelines for optimal, energy saving lighting levels that are healthy and comfortable. Get key strategies for improving visual comfort and health. Build your toolkit for reducing energy consumption while increasing work surface illumination. And understand the psychological benefits of providing individual control over personal lighting levels. Leave with much sharper skills you can use in your next office environment project. [Intermediate] [LT][OF]

SPEAKER: Claire Ganley is an AEP with Humanscale/UNICOR in Washington, D.C.

ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHICS IN HEALTHCARE

Tuesday, June 12 — [4:00 ” 5:00 PM]

The thoughtful design and incorporation of signage, wayfinding and artwork in a healthcare environment can greatly enhance the patient experience. Evidence suggests that environmental graphics and signage provide a “positive distraction,” calming and nurturing patients and families who are dealing with illness. Learn how environmental graphics contribute to a successful healing environment. Explore the way in which artwork can reinforce design concepts and branding. And see how signage, when executed creatively, can transcend its utilitarian purpose. [Intermediate] [HC][FM]

SPEAKERS: Paul Lewandowski, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a principal at SMRT in Portland, Maine. ” Erin Anderson, IIDA, LEED AP, NCIDQ, is director of interior design for SMRT in Portland, Maine.

COLOMBIA: AN EMERGING COUNTRY IN SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION

Tuesday, June 12 — 4 — 5 PM

One of today’s key objectives is to establish clear environmental commitments in construction. And creating urban languages and urban understanding to reduce the negative impact on the environment must be balanced with the aesthetic elements of design, where color and spatial harmony are relevant variables in the equation. Come discuss the importance of environmental sustainability in the construction practices of a responsible country as a whole. Promote the creation of functional and aesthetic spaces that improve people’s quality of life. Discover that environmental social responsibility is more than a fashion: it is a culture. [Intermediate] [FC/R] [ENV]

SPEAKERS: Marta Gallo, USGBC, is an architect at Arquitectura e Interiores in Bogota, Colombia. ” Juliana general director and partner of Arquitectura e Interiores in Bogota, Colombia.

FINDING THE INTERSECTION

Wednesday, June 13 — 9:30 ” 10:30 AM

Borrowing from Fran’s Johansson’s “The Medici Effect,” we know that the Intersection is the place where innovation happens. At the Intersection, dissimilar disciplines come together, borrowing ideas from each other to solve problems and create new ideas. Come rethink current education and workplace environments so we can support cross-pollination of ideas that leads to innovation. Learn how research in one discipline has the ability to inform creativity and innovation in another. Explore how the increasingly complex challenges of our global world require multi-disciplinary, cross-generational and collaborative solutions in order to be competitive. The panel will also discuss the role that space plays in both educational and workplace environments in supporting the Intersection. [Intermediate] [OF]

SPEAKERS: Tomas Eliaeson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a director of design of Little in Charlotte, North Carolina. — Jim Thompson, AIA, LEED AP, is a director of design for Little in Charlotte, North Carolina.

BEST PRACTICES FOR THE DESIGN OF LEARNING SPACES, FURNITURE AND TOOLS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: A REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND CASE STUDIES

Wednesday, June 13 — 11 AM ” NOON

Educational facilities design and development research leaders share extensive research and insight into how space and furniture can accommodate the shift in modern teaching and learning methodologies. They’ll discuss best practices for the design of effective learning environments. You’ll learn how to support changing teaching and learning methodologies with furniture and the built environment and understand best practice design patterns for the 21st century school. This session covers the research from the four year Task Furniture in Education (TFE) project in Dublin and the practice of the 5D process: discover, define, design, develop and deploy. Become empowered with the keys to revolutionize learning environments and teaching experiences through space, furniture and educational tools for this century. [Basic] [Inst]

SPEAKERS: Jennifer Lamar is a senior interior design consultant with Fielding Nair International in Tampa, Florida. — Kelli Ogboke is a senior design researcher for Fielding Nair International in Dublin, Ireland.

For more information to register for seminars, visit www.neocon.com.

The 44th annual NeoCon, the National Exposition of Contract Furnishings, is North America’s largest exhibition of contract furnishings for the design and management of the built environment. NeoCon features the latest trends, products, and concepts in office, healthcare, hospitality, residential, institutional and government environments from more than 700 exhibitors. Approximately 40,000 trade professionals are expected to attend.

Registration is now available at www.neocon.com. NeoCon attendees are encouraged to pre-register by June 4th to save time and money. As part of an effort to increase online pre-registration, attendees who register at www.neocon.com by June 4th will be admitted into the show at no charge. Attendees who wait to register on-site will be charged $25 for a show badge.

For more information about NeoCon, visit the www.neocon.com or call (800) 677-6278 (MART).

Outside of the United States call (312) 527-7600. NeoCon is only open to trade professionals with proper credentials.

NeoCon” is a registered trademark of MMPI.

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