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industry news The Big East (A&D style) The ninth annual NeoCon® East is set to impress GSA professionals and designers in the Mid-Atlantic region Catering to the East Coast–based architecture and design community, NeoCon® East returns to the Baltimore Convention Center for its ninth installment November 2 and 3. A sister show to NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, the Baltimore exposition will be particularly appealing for government employees and facilities More than 250 exhibitors will present their latest products and innovations, many of which debuted at NeoCon® in Chicago in June and competed in Contract magazine’s Best of NeoCon® program. The winning products will be showcased in the first-ever Best of NeoCon® exhibit for the Baltimore show. Because the event is based near the nation’s capital, it is expected to attract U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) employees and will include the GSA Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center, where federal employees and exhibitors can navigate through the government procurement process. NeoCon® East will feature two informative keynotes: Rocky Mountain Institute Principal Architect Victor Olgyay, AIA, will speak on November 2 about the positive aspects of retrofitting and building green projects, while designer Jhane Barnes will reveal her experiences in designing innovative products for contract interiors on November 3. In addition to the keynotes, the “State of the Design Profession” panel on November 2 will provide an informative platform for discussing opportunities and challenges for today’s designers. Moderated by Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, the event will feature five expert panelists: Bruno Grinwis, partner, BBGM; Bob Fox, principal, Fox Architects; Yves Springuel, principal, Mancini Duffy; Rich Fanelli, principal, Fanelli McClain; and Diana Horvat, principal, Envision. The Dream Team Excellence Awards winners will be announced immediately following the panel. Other NeoCon® East programs include the International Interior Design Association MidAtlantic Chapter’s “Art and Architecture: Fitting a Team Together,” with speakers Angela Adams, Public Art Administrator for Arlington County, and Valerie Hassett, AIA, IIDA, principal of her namesake studio; a presentation by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification on the organization’s latest updates, 30 continuing education seminars, and show floor booth parties and giveaways at various exhibitors. NeoCon® East 2010 designers, though it will still feature the heavy hitters of other contract design markets. A testament to the health and stability of the government sector, the show is expecting about 7,000 attendees over the course of the two days, approximately 800 more visitors than in 2010. “The government is the forerunner when it comes to issues like sustainability, alternative workstyles, and efficiency,” comments Mark Falanga, president and CEO of the show’s producer Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI). For more information or to register for NeoCon® East and its events and seminars, visit —Stacy Straczynski 22 contract october 2011 Photo courtesy of MMPI

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - October 2011

Contract - October 2011
Industry news
Product briefs: healthcare
Product focus: caregivers need care, too
Product focus: above + below
Product focus: glass for health
Advancements made in evidence-based healthcare design
The power of design
Less clinical, more hospitable
Beautifully lean
Raising the bar
New life
Urban sanctuary
The 2011 healthcare environment awards
Designers select: healthcare products
Ad index

Contract - October 2011