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Seminars That Caught Our Eye – Part 4

The NeoCon 2019 proposals provided an unimaginable array of subjects from all sectors of the business. Listed here are a number of of the seminars that caught our eye. Take a look at part one here; half two here; and part three here.

We wrap up our NeoCon seminar previews with EYP’s Managing Principal, DC Office, Leigh Stringer and Teknion’s VP of A&D, Jennifer Busch who weigh in on a few of the most related subjects and developments in our business. If your learning agenda is to study extra concerning the newest considering, you’ll need register for these scorching subjects!

From Mindfulness to #MeToo: How a Consolidated University Wellness Middle Can Scale back Stress and Nervousness
Tuesday, June 11 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Schools and universities in the present day face an unprecedented demand for scholar well being providers. To respond, school counselors and wellness administrators are ramping up their health and wellness programming. On this session, you’ll study concerning the story of the School of William and Mary’s new wellness middle (opened Fall 2018). Particularly, our discussion will embrace the drivers behind its design, particular building strategies used, as well as pre- and post-occupancy knowledge collected by analysis companions at the College of Virginia. By collaborating this session, attendees will higher perceive the intersection between scholar well being issues and wellness packages, in addition to how the physical surroundings can better help college students and their care suppliers.

Leigh Stringer, EYP Structure and Engineering, Managing Principal, DC office
Antoinette Ayers, EYP Architecture and Engineering, Lead Inside Designer
Dr. R. Kelly Crace, Affiliate Vice President, Health and Wellness, School of William & Mary

The School of William and Mary’s Integrative Wellness Middle, designed by EYP, incorporates many design parts utilizing natural parts to reinforce well being and wellbeing. – Photograph by ESTO/David Sundberg

WDM: There was a number of protection of the LL Bean working outside marketing campaign final yr. How did that have an effect on consciousness of the worth of working outdoors and in what method? Are shoppers now asking for extra avenues to have inside and out of doors areas?

LS: The reach of the L.L.Bean’s “Be an Outsider at Work” campaign has been unimaginable. It acquired a surprising quantity of press protection and social media spreading. I feel an enormous cause the marketing campaign was so profitable (in addition to wonderful advertising and PR) was that the message really hit a nerve. Humans have only been working indoors for the final 200-300 years in our history. We have been born to be “free range” and to be immersed within the sights, sounds and smells of nature. With our current know-how habit, we’ve gotten a lower and lower dose of outside exposure, which is noticeably impacting our stress ranges and resilience.

It’s potential my shoppers have seen L.L.Bean’s marketing campaign, however my common sense is that the majority of them are already conscious of the fact that they are nature disadvantaged. Apparently, they haven’t sometimes outright asked for outside area, or a inexperienced wall, or using natural, non-toxic materials of their area – the design workforce must convey it up first. Once we do, they bounce on it! I feel it’s because most people only know the setting they sit in right now. We’ve had great success touring shoppers by way of different wholesome, inexperienced areas and serving to them visualize the best way to work outdoors or in a approach that integrates nature. They understand the ROI virtually instantly but have to see examples to know what’s attainable.

WDM: Your seminar is about how one shopper utilized the idea as a design component of their wellness middle. I am curious as to how this happened. Did they convey this up as a design criterion or was it the results of “educating” the shopper as the design was deliberate?

LS: Within the case of the School of William and Mary, our shopper is extremely enlightened about the benefits of nature and psychological health. Kelly Crace, who will probably be speaking with us at Neocon, is William & Mary’s Affiliate Vice President for Health and Wellness. Crace oversees the varsity’s Scholar Health Middle, Counseling Middle, Campus Recreation, Well being Promotion and the Middle for Mindfulness and Genuine Excellence (CMAX). He also has an adjunct appointment within the W&M Department of Psychology. Crace drove us to think about more absolutely the influence of the constructed surroundings on the students and employees who use the power. We leveraged strategies from standards like WELL and Fitwel, however Kelly helped us take these strategies to the subsequent degree. For example, he inspired us to “overlap” totally different dimensions of wellness in areas wherever potential with a view to positively impression multiple dimensions of health directly (i.e. emotional, social and religious). A social area may need a biophilic wall, supply healthy meals and function a trailhead for a nature path.

WDM: There’s analysis aligning how the design of instructional and studying spaces does have alignment with how office designers can take into consideration planning their tasks. Once more, health and wellness at the moment are issues as corporations are realizing the value of their physical area as a recruitment and retainment think about hiring and worker engagement. Can you make some recommendations as to how/where attendees can study extra about this – in addition to attending your seminar?

LS: For many who shall be at Neocon, we are excited to present recent research that was carried out pre- and post-move on William and Mary’s new integrative wellness middle. Our research engaged the scholar body and employees who occupy the constructing – and we expect each views will probably be highly helpful. We partnered with researchers from the College of Virginia to conduct the analysis and to ensure our methodology was strong. We additionally leveraged some work we had finished previously with Harvard University’s Faculty of Public Health on the Health and Human Performance Index. A few of our key research questions have been:

  • Does the building’s design and wellness programming help shift scholar considering in the direction of “integrative” wellness (holistic and preventative)?
  • Does this building’s shared area higher help health and wellness providers and assets?
  • Do the strategies used handle problems with flourishing and resilience to raised serve students?
  • Does the constructing enhance operational needs of care providers?

For many who can’t attend Neocon, we shall be publishing what we study on EYP’s web site and different magazines and journals – keep tuned! I also advocate discovering areas which might be WELL or Fitwel licensed near you and visiting them. Reading a few wholesome strategy or a wholesome building is one factor, seeing it “in real life” is a totally totally different story. It takes on an entire new which means and also you are more likely to keep in mind it and adopt it into your work.

The New Face of Collaboration within the Tech Enabled Office
Tuesday June 11 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

As know-how continues to rework and enhance our lives, how can our workspaces adapt to satisfy shopper’s expectations of how a technology-enabled office ought to perform? Developments in know-how create alternatives for collaboration within the digital area, and staff are more and more opting to connect with their teams from their individual desks, utilizing web-based platforms for communication. This new state of affairs challenges our assumptions of what individual-focused work and collaborative teamwork seem like, as well as how know-how and area can present help. Targeted workspace demands furnishings that mimic those found in collaborative zones: pieces that provide superior ergonomics and features with a softer, hotter look than normal office furnishings.

  • Jennifer Busch, Vice-President A&D, Teknion
  • Charlton Hutton, Associate Director of Design, M. Moser Associates, New York, NY
  • Natasha Thexton, Workplace Strategy Design Lead, The Hospital for Sick Youngsters, Toronto, CA
  • Julia Kapoor, Senior Account Government, Enterprise at Slack Technologies, New York, NY

Image courtesy of Teknion

WDM: In a multi-generational workforce, there are totally different perceptions of how know-how can enhance the work expertise. How a lot does this affect what your design staff seems to be for when planning new product?

JB: Know-how agnostic and human-centered are our guiding rules. Ever extra speedy advances in know-how make it implausible (if not unattainable) to design furnishings merchandise to accommodate any given know-how or perspective on our technological future. But we will say with some certainty that the office will probably be a hub of agile, flexible working enabled by clever machines and design. Teknion designs its furniture products to help individuals—by means of a variety of benefits and options that handle well-being from each a physiological and emotional standpoint—and be agile and versatile sufficient to accommodate present and future applied sciences in the workplace. For example:

  • Furniture suited to modular, adaptable workplace landscapes
  • Furnishings that helps activity-based design of spaces of all totally different sizes, shapes, assets and levels of privacy
  • Software of “loose fit” merchandise that flex to accommodate totally different sorts of work and supply unrestricted access to individuals and spaces, technologies and experiences.

WDM: Who’s driving the bus on the subject of integrating new applied sciences into workspace design? Are shoppers bringing options for brand spanking new tech to the designers or do the architects/designers need to remain on top of things and convey options to their shoppers?

JB: Know-how corporations are driving the mixing of latest applied sciences in office design, however it is all the time the duty of the structure and inside design group—as well as the manufacturing group—to stay on prime of tendencies that affect work with a purpose to interact in knowledgeable discussions and make suggestions to their shoppers about how these new technologies will affect the physical area. Business analysis, know-how consultants, design/know-how/common media, know-how firm representatives and conferences targeted on the future of work are all good sources of data on know-how tendencies.

WDM: There is a large shift within the kinds of merchandise the we’re seeing at trade exhibits, and which are being specified for brand spanking new workplaces. The place do you assume probably the most artistic options lie?

JB: Probably the most artistic options emerge once we concentrate on design that catalyzes and amplifies the unique qualities and powers that make us human—beginning with the acknowledgement that there isn’t a “one size fits all solution” in workplace design. Human variety (bodily and behavioral) dictates quite a lot of flexibility and adaptableness in the ideally suited workplace.