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NeoCon 2019: Education best bets for healthcare and government/educations FMs

Held every June since 1969, NeoCon is the commercial design industry’s premier event for ideas and innovation. This year, NeoCon will be held June 10 to 12 in Chicago at The Mart. It will feature more than 500 companies showcasing thousands of new products and services in nearly 1 million square-feet of exhibition space. Fifty-thousand design professionals from workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government and commercial design are expected to attend. NeoCon will feature 100 accredited seminars plus daily keynote presentations and special programs.

Register online for free for the exposition by June 7. Onsite registration is $60. You can register for CEU seminars online as well. They are $65 each by June 7 and $75 each onsite. The keynote presentations are free and prices vary for special tour events.

NeoCon 2019 hotels are now available. In partnership with onPeak, NeoCon has secured discounted rates at a selection of Chicago hotels. Book early for the best selection and price. Click here to book from the block hotels.

As always NeoCon features fabulous events, awards and parties. Here is a sampling of some of the events. Click here for a full list of industry and exhibitor events.

  • Best of NeoCon Award Winners’ Breakfast
    7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Monday, June 10, 2019. Doors open at 7:15 AM, The Renaissance Hotel Ballroom, One West Wacker Drive, Chicago.
    Tickets $95
    The Best of NeoCon 2019 award winners will be announced among industry peers on the opening morning of NeoCon. Now in its 30th year, the iconic competition honors the best new commercial interiors products in the industry, which are exhibited at NeoCon. Honors include Gold and Silver Awards, as well as Innovation Awards, Editors’ Choice Awards, and one Best of Competition Award. See the 2018 winners. 
  • Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
    3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Floor 7.
    Enjoy afternoon cocktails, conversations and connections when the NeoCon energy and festivities move onto the 7th floor Exhibit Hall. Gather with A&D professionals while exploring hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.
  • BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting
    7:00 – 7:40 a.m. breakfast | 7:40 – 8:55 a.m. meeting, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart.
    Members of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) and invited guests are encouraged to attend the Association’s Annual Membership Meeting to hear the state-of-the-industry and state-of-the-association reports.

The keynote speakers are:

  • The Familiar and Unusual: An Investigation of Balance and Experience in Design
    Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, Founders, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors, New York.
    8 a.m., June 10, NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
  • Stuff Matters: The Material World We Make
    Ilse Crawford, Creative Director and Founder, Studioilse, London
    8 a.m., June 11, NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart
  • Do No Harm: The Role of Design in Complicated Times
    Liz Ogbu, Founder and Principal, Studio O, New York
    11 a.m., June 12, NeoCon Theater, 19th Floor, The Mart

You can register for CEU seminars online as well. They are $65 each by June 7 and $75 each on site. With more than 100 accredited seminars and keynote lectures, there is a lot to learn at NeoCon 2019! 

Here are our best bets for healthcare and government and education FMs:

Healthcare

[M115]
DESIGN EMPATHY

Monday, June 10 • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Design Empathy is the phrase that sums up the design philosophy of creating better spaces for neurodiversity. The number of people with ADHD, autism, Asperger’s and other developmental delays has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. In particular, the built environment can cause many barriers to success for these individuals. In our seminar, we’ll learn how to reduce barriers and create an optimal environment for people with neurological challenges, whether that is in the work environment, school or therapeutic space. [Basic] [PD] [WE]
AJ Paron-Wildes, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, IIDA, AIA, national A&D manager, Allsteel, Oak Park Heights, Minnesota

[M116]
WITH WOMEN IN MIND: HOW INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED HEALTHCARE SPACES BENEFIT THE BOTTOM LINE

Monday, June 10 • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Carolyn Blake, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, senior interior designer, Gresham Smith, Jacksonville, Florida
Amy Jordan, chief nursing officer, Gordon Hospital, Calhoun, GA
Beth Hiltonen, IIDA, LEED AP, healthcare principal, Gresham Smith, Jacksonville, Floria

[T219]
DESIGNING FOR RESILIENCE: WILLIAM & MARY’S NEW MCLEOD TYLER WELLNESS CENTER

Tuesday, June 11 • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Leigh Stringer, LEED AP, principal, EYP Architecture and Engineering, Washington, DC
Antoinette Ayers, IIDA, lead interior designer, EYP Architecture and Engineering, Washington, DC
Dr. R. Kelly Crace, associate vice president, health & wellness, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

[T230]
DESIGN TOOLS FOR HOSPITALS – “LIGHT AND NATURE” IN WAYFINDING, HEALING AND WORKPLACE HEALTH

Tuesday, June 11 • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Light and views of the world outside—of nature—should guide patients through the hospital maze. Join us as we demonstrate how light can inform, de-stress, and stimulate both employees and patients. We’ll provide examples to show how creative lighting transforms internal spaces devoid of natural light. Next, we’ll explore the importance of providing views of the natural world, both to take the patient’s mind away from the unknown and to keep staff sharp and focused throughout the day. Moreover, in those interior spaces where human lives are at stake– in ORs, cath labs, electrophysiology labs and special care units, we’ll look to the ways that light and nature go hand in hand. Attendees will also come to understand how the proper design of light and natural views can offer powerful branding opportunities. [Advanced] [HC] [LT] [FC/R] [HSW]
Rada Doytcheva, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal, head of design, RADA Architects, Chicago
Aram Garbooshian, AIA, LEED AP, principal, RADA Architects, Chicago

Government and Education

[M103]
OOPS! WAS THAT IN THE ENERGY CODE
Monday, June 10 • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Once again, energy codes are changing, and with the changes come some sneaky additions. For example, did you know that controlled outlets are now required? But which code does this example reference? Or did you know that skylights are now also required? Did you know they’re required in both codes? If you answered incorrectly or did not know the answers to the examples posed, then join us as we walk through some of the recent additions, sneaky expansions, and major overhauls of the most recent energy codes. [Intermediate] [LT] [GR]
Jill Deichmann, AIA, NCARB, architectural services manager, Primera Engineers, Chicago
Deborah Steimel-Clair, IES, lighting studio manager, Primera Engineers, Chicago

[M106]
ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS BY CARBON BASED LIFEFORMS
Monday, June 10 • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

In the last decade, carbon levels accelerated, the population swelled, global temperature rose and our urban population grew. All these factors mean the world will be a very different place by 2030. In this seminar, we’ll explore dozens of disparate trends in technology, sustainability and the construction industry, connecting the dots to get a glimpse into how we can save both the world and our businesses. Participants will learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building space. Climate change is redefining the design parameters and project demands for building design. During this energetic and entertaining session, we’ll acknowledge the challenges and complexities facing project teams pursuing net zero / zero carbon projects, as well as how to identify the risks amplified over and above. [Intermediate] [GR] [WE] [HSW]
Eric Corey Freed, LEED Fellow, sustainability disruptor, Morrison Hershfield, Portland

[M113]
SUBSTRATE AND FLOORING FAILURES
Monday, June 10 • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

One daunting issue faced by many in the flooring sector is interrupted business, coupled with losses, due to flooring and substrate failures. Our seminar will help participants by exposing the pitfalls, problems and resolutions. We’ll go a step further to investigate the ramifications are for not understanding and solving these pressing issues. Our seminar should deliver, at base, how to stay out of trouble with a commercial flooring project. [Basic] [FC/R] [HOSP]
Lewis Migliore, president, LGM and Associates, Dalton, Georgia

[M114] IRREDUCIBLE COMPLEXITY’S POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Monday, June 10 • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

As designers and manufacturers, we must consider our impact on human health and the environment. Embracing efficient design as part of the design process is an important element of our social accountability today. It is complex and requires dedicated resources to achieve. However, efficient design can yield tangible returns on both investment and long-term sustainability. This conversation explores the importance and benefits of efficient design throughout the product design and development process. In our seminar, we’ll consider every aspect of product design, from product strategy, design and development, to supply-chain and manufacturing. Attendees of this intriguing seminar will discover how this holistic approach guides efficient design and leads to reduced cost, optimized materials, healthier manufacturing processes, longevity of a product, and most importantly, minimized environmental impact. [Basic] [GR] [WE] [HSW]
Todd Bracher, industrial designer and design strategist, Todd Bracher Studio, Brooklyn, New York

[M126] THE INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE FOR INTERIORS
Monday, June 10 • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

We all know this industry code, but how can we make it work for us? This presentation will help designers become more proficient in referencing and applying building codes to commercial interiors projects, as well as to understand the interconnectedness of the design disciplines in the process. This seminar distills the IBC down to relevant code sections and chapters—and then presents examples of fundamental code concepts applied in commercial interiors. [Intermediate] [OF] [FC/R]
Kimberly Marks, ASID, facility design manager, James Avery Jewelry, Kerrville, Texas

[M129] WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN: RE-IMAGINING WRIGLEY FIELD
Monday, June 10 • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs and one of the most iconic brands in sports, is widely considered baseball’s cathedral. In historic venues like this, designers are often challenged to integrate numerous brands to create smaller, authentic stories while also preserving the heritage of the larger place. This session will outline the winning branding approach within the 100-year-old Wrigley Field through two case studies: the American Airlines 1914 Club, which debuted on opening day 2018, and the Maker’s Mark Barrel Room, debuting in 2019. We will focus on everything from the big-picture architectural concepts to the illustration of smaller details. Our assembled trio of designer, owner and brand partner will speak to the challenges, successes and even the misses of these monumental Wrigley Field projects. [Intermediate] [PS] [FC/R]
Kelly Holton, senior associate, Populous, Kansas City, Missouri
Joseph Marra, commercial field marketing manager, Beam Suntory, Chicago
Colin Faulkner, senior vice president sales and marketing, Chicago Cubs, Chicago


[M130] ADAPTIVE REUSE AS AN APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Monday, June 10 • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

As urban environments become increasingly dense, higher demand for space and increasing awareness of our building’s life cycles, embodied energy and waste streams have led to greater interest in repositioning existing building assets to save natural resources and to stimulate growth within the community. This approach is not only sustainable, but it also builds on the heritage of a specific area to enrich the local neighborhood. Using examples of recent work from Chicago, San Francisco and Milan, this presentation will examine the importance of adaptive reuse, the different forms reuse can take and the resulting impact of projects within their respective cities. Participants will learn new ways to consider existing building fabric as an asset and how reuse is one of the most sustainable approaches to design. [Basic] [GR] [OF]
Haley Van Wagenen, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, associate, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, London, UK

[M134] VALUING THE HUMAN RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE THROUGH BIOPHILIC DESIGN AND SITES
Monday, June 10 • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

We spend 90 percent of our lives indoors, yet we’re discovering how being in nature has significant benefits for human health and well-being. A growing body of literature links nature to numerous physical and physiological health benefits. Research shows, for example, that for both adults and children, encounters with everyday nature—a green view from an office window, a lunchtime stroll through well-tended landscapes around schools or offices—restore the ability to concentrate, calm feelings of anxiety, and reduce aggression. In addition, views of natural settings reduce the number of sick days taken by office workers and decrease hospital patient recovery time. This session will describe how the SITES Rating System incorporates biophilic design to optimize these benefits [Basic[ [GR] [WE]
Danielle Pieranunzi, SITES AP, LEED AP BD+C, SITES program specialist, Green Business Certification Inc., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday

[T203] QUESTIONS ASKED AND ANSWERED: A COUNTDOWN TO BETTER LIGHTING DESIGN
Tuesday, June 11 • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

In the last decade, lighting design has been transformed. The adoption of LED’s and the growing importance of natural light, wellness, technology and controls have led this transformation. In a relevant, recent study, interior designers and architects were polled to compile a list of the most common questions about lighting systems and design including how to properly incorporate LEDs into your design, how to work with ever-tightening energy codes, how can we best integrate them from a design perspective, as well as how can lighting influence wellness and health. This seminar is guaranteed to be an animated session of simplified explanations and debates about the dilemmas that interior design professionals face when incorporating this new technology into their designs. [Intermediate] [LT] [FT] [HSW]
Rhomney Forbes-Gray, IALD, MIES, IESNA, principal and founder, Lightbrigade Architectural Lighting, Toronto, Canada

[T205] THE ROI OF SUSTAINABLE INTERIOR DESIGN
Tuesday, June 11 • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

This presentation provides a simple framework to align owners goals, project design and product selection to deliver quantifiable impact reductions on watts, water, carbon and costs. Attendees will be guided through a proven methodology used by clients in the public and private sector to measure total cost of ownership and the impacts of their design decisions with green building rating systems such as LEED, WELL and Living Building Challenge. [Intermediate] [GR] [FM] [HSW]
Paul Shahriari, USGBC, CEO and founder, Ecomedes, Cape Coral, Florida

[T211] THREE DESIGNERS DISRUPTING THE CONSTRUCTION WORLD
Tuesday, June 11 • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Implementing a successful design concept involves a team approach. By utilizing lean construction and technology, a high level of collaboration can be achieved between the designer, owner, and contractor. Our panel will demonstrate how early engagement of the entire team can help leverage lean practices and result in quality design and construction. We’ll also demonstrate how tools used during the design process such as laser scanning to document existing conditions, virtual design, mock-ups, as well as enclosure coordination help to reduce cost and time in construction. We’ll investigate how, sometimes, adopting new systems is met with resistance, and yet other times, the benefits of the systems are readily apparent. Lastly, our panel will discuss how to determine which processes have value to your project, as well as how working together as a team can increase productivity, quality and customer satisfaction. [Intermediate] [FC/R] [PD]
Rachel Bartling, AIA, LEED AP, senior healthcare development manager, HDR, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota
Candace Small, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, design phase manager, Mortenson, Itasca, Illinois
Chris Bubser, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, quality manager, Mortenson, Minneapolis, Minnesota

[T214] APPROACHING HISTORIC PRESERVATION WITH AUTHENTICITY IN HOSPITALITY DESIGN
Tuesday, June 11 • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
What are the key challenges and solutions to renovating and restoring historic hospitality properties? Approaching historic preservation can be daunting—on one hand, it’s imperative to maintain the rich history and culture of a hotel; on the other hand, it’s perhaps equally important to ensure the final design is relevant to today’s modern aesthetic. Hear from an industry lifestyle expert who will address the topic of historic preservation by speaking to her experience designing historic and iconic hospitality properties in the US, from the South in New Orleans and Florida, to the East Coast in Maine. [Intermediate] [HOSP] [FC/R]
Lisa Haude, ASID, RID, NCIDQ, president, Paradigm Design Group, Houston, Texas

[T218] NET POSITIVE MATERIALS: THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY
Tuesday, June 11 • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Raising the bar in sustainable design requires collaboration among designers, manufacturers, and end-users. Using the Living Product Challenge as a guide, we will explore the latest advancements in regenerative design, life-cycle analysis, material transparency, and biomimicry in the advancement of sustainable materials. Launched in 2015, the Living Product Challenge is the world’s most advanced sustainability certification for products. The certification program calls us to reimagine the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world.

The Living Products Showcase: A Tour of NeoCon Healthy and Sustainable Products (TR7) will immediately follow this seminar. Separate tour registration is required [Intermediate] [GR] [WE]
James Connelly, LFA, LEED AP, vice president products and strategic growth, International Living Future Institute, Seattle
Jane Abernathy, LEED AP, sustainability officer, Humanscale, Toronto, Canada
George Bandy, LEED AP, vice president, Mohawk, Calhoun, Georgia


[W311]
TRANSFORMING PUBLIC SECTOR WORKPLACE: THE POWER OF PLACE IN COOK COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Wednesday, June 12 • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Arnold Craig Levin, principal, design strategy, SmithGroup, Chicago, IL
Kate North, vice-president, workplace innovation advisory corp, Cokkiers, Chicago
Dr. Ann Kalayil, bureau chief, Cook County, Bureau of Asset Management, Chicago
Alexis Kim, IIDA, principal – design strategies, SmithGroup, Detroit

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