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NeoCon programming offers insights into worker satisfaction and wellness, hybrid workplaces and sustainability

Exterior of the Merchandise Mart during NeoCon 2023

May 6, 2024 — Just five weeks away, NeoCon 2024, themed “Design Takes Shape,” is taking shape with over 400 exhibitors and dozens of programming choices, including Keynote & Featured Presentations, Workshops, NeoCon Talks, and onsite and virtual CEUs.

Exterior of the Merchandise Mart during NeoCon 2023
Exterior of the Merchandise Mart during NeoCon 2023. Image courtesy of NeoCon

NeoCon, the premier event for the commercial interiors industry, takes place June 10-12 at THE MART, Chicago. The McMorrow Reports + FMLink team will attend NeoCon, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief Eileen McMorrow will manage the Best of NeoCon awards program for the 33rd year.

The editorial team recommends the following onsite CEUs related to facility management:

Recommitting to Worker Satisfaction: Furniture in All Spaces. (June 10, 2024, 1:00pm CDT) Steve Kooy, Director, Health and Sustainability, BIFMA; Lauren Gant, PhD, CPE, WELL AP, Senior Workplace Advisory Manager, HNI. This session will explain how ergonomic considerations integrate into a human-centered design process. By integrating the science of fitting furniture to the worker, designers and end-users can promote healthy workstyles that enhance safety, wellness, and satisfaction in any work environment.

Designing Tomorrow: Workplace Evolution at Intuit’s New HQ. (June 11, 2024, 11:00am CDT) Caroline Morris, Associate Principal, Clive Wilkinson Architects; Steve McCollom, AIA, IIDA Global Design Lead, Intuit. The presentation explores the story behind the software company Intuit’s newly completed ground-up office building. The project serves as an expansion of their Mountain View Headquarters, and a progressive expression of the future of workplace design. Led by Intuit’s Global Design Lead, Steven McCollom, and Clive Wilkinson Architects’ Associate principal, Caroline Morris, this presentation unveils the dynamic process of being confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic mid-construction and rapidly embracing a new workplace strategy and design to address the emerging needs of a hybrid workforce.

Embracing Sustainable Interiors: A Responsible Design Legacy. (June 11, 2024, 1:00pm CDT) Florencia Kratsman, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Director of Interior Architecture, FXCollaborative Architects, LLP. In a world where the environmental impact of our choices has never been more pronounced, it’s time for enterprises to rethink their approach to interior design. The prevailing paradigm of “style” for interiors has by definition favored ephemeral trends, but in the face of climate change and dwindling resources, the need for a more sustainable and heritage-based approach is becoming increasingly evident. This paradigm shift prioritizes sustainable materials, embracing timeless designs, and ultimately ensuring the longevity of our planet.

NeoCon will also offer a wide selection of on-demand sessions starting June 10 through September 13. They will cover various topics and verticals, including DEI, Design Skills, Education, Facilities Management, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industry Directions, Lighting, Public Space, Sustainability, Technology, Wellness and Workplace.

Here are some virtual CEUs facility managers will not want to miss:

ECO-nomics: a business case for circular furniture programs, Dianne Murata, Founding Principal, kimiko designs; Joanna Friesen Toler, PMP, VP, Construction and Design Manager – Corporate Real Estate & Facilities, Amegy Bank

Elevating Sustainability in Procurement. Dianne Murata, Founding Principal, kimiko designs; Laurel Chądzyński, AIA, WELL AP,cVP of Engagement, Mindful MATERIALS

Let’s Talk Trash: Furniture Decommissioning Truths & Myths. Dianne Murata, Founding Principal, kimiko designs; Joanna Friesen Toler, PMP, VP, Construction and Design Manager – Corporate Real Estate & Facilities, Amegy Bank

Our editorial team also lists recommendations for Healthcare FMs and Education FMs that may appeal to facility managers in any industry.

CEU programs and workshops are $45 per session ($40 if purchasing five or more). Show registration, keynotes and featured presentations are complimentary. To register and explore the complete listing of 2024 programming, including both onsite and virtual CEU-approved programs, workshops, featured presentations and keynotes, head to NeoCon.