June 2022
Now in its 53rd year, NeoCon remains a vital hub for connecting and sharing the latest innovations in commercial design. Encompassing more than 400 leading companies and emerging brands, NeoCon will welcome a number of new and expanded showrooms and notable new exhibitors at this year's show, June 13-15 at theMART in Chicago. Exhibitors are hard at work readying their spaces to best showcase their exciting new launches and services. From designer partnerships to interactive experiences throughout the building, there will be no shortage of innovations for attendees to discover. 

Among the innovations are the 260 entries in 52 categories in the Best of NeoCon. Fifty jurors evaluate the entries in-person on Friday and Saturday; winners are announced Monday, June 13 just before the show opens.

In line with the 2022 theme “Design Makes a Statement,” NeoCon showrooms are planning to do just that, unveiling newly renovated spaces and hosting designers from across the globe. Spanish furniture brand Andreu World (10-132) will be showcasing several new collaborations with iconic designers Alfredo Häberli, Benjamin Hubert, Patricia Urquiola, and Philippe Starck. Alfredo Häberli and Patricia Urquiola will be on-site at NeoCon to share the inspirations and the design process behind their new collections with the brand.

For more information or to register, go to NeoCon.
Companies that are seeking top-tier, or Class A, office space are now leading a stabilization of the commercial office real estate market after the shock of the pandemic, according to the newest NAIOP Office Space Demand Forecast, published by the NAIOP Research Foundation. While office vacancy rates continued to climb for the 10th straight quarter, the completion of new buildings may be part of the reason. NAIOP is projecting that absorption of that space will continue to be positive.

Class A buildings are driving net absorption rates in many parts of the country, such as the Sun Belt, and firms consider quality office space necessary to attract skilled employees. Suburban markets and life sciences hubs are recovering better than the national average as more employers embrace a return to the office and the pandemic eases.

In one of the first surveys of its kind, design firm HOK and flooring manufacturer Tarkett asked neurodiverse individuals in the U.S., UK and Canada to share how their work environments could better cater to their jobs and personal needs. Genius Within, an organization dedicated to helping neuro-minorities maximize their potential, provided advisory services as the team built on in-depth research and insights by HOK and the commercial interiors color specification guide developed by Tarkett to help businesses design for inclusion.

Neurodiversity refers to variations in human neurocognitive functioning — the different ways we think, process information, and relate to others. One in seven people worldwide are estimated to have a neurodiverse condition such as ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia or Tourette’s syndrome, according to the survey.

The Gridd adaptive cabling distribution system enables a building to adapt to inevitable technology changes, remain highly functional and operational, and saves money at every stage of its life cycle. An original contributor to the circular economy, Gridd’s fluid, modular design enables moves, adds, and changes without the mess of traditional cabling methods. If a facility manager can avoid contributing to the waste stream, that’s also an added benefit to the company’s ESG commitment. 

The Gridd Mobile App makes it even easier for FMs, IT teams, electricians, and maintenance personnel to make power and data cabling. Gridd Mobile provides augmented reality (AR), technical support, as-built drawings, how-to videos, original site pictures, and product information conveniently accessible on a smartphone or tablet.

Gridd Mobile allows facility techs to see exact power, voice, and data cabling locations through the floor in an instant, making systems’ changes quick and easy. Gridd Mobile improves the life of your facility, allowing future facility teams, even years from now, to make moves, adds, and changes to the same space with ease. When using Gridd Mobile, there is no knowledge lost between teams.

See Gridd and learn how the power to change just got easier with augmented reality on the Gridd Mobile App at NeoCon. Visit FreeAxez at NeoCon Booth 7-2054.
(Originally published in fnPrime) The primary purpose of the Facility Management Salaries and Compensation e-book is to help facility managers attract and retain talent to manage their buildings in a competitive labor market. The survey results show facility staff how their individual compensation matches up with industry benchmarks.

Currently, there is a demand for nearly every position in facility management, and it doesn’t help that candidates are hard to come by. Many facility managers report that they struggle to attract candidates for all positions — ranging from frontline technicians all the way to six-figure C-level titles. This problem will only get worse as current employees retire. The median age for all positions in this e-book was in the 50s, with one title as high as 59. In just a few years, the facility management industry will experience massive turnover.

Mohawk Group’s Social Canvas modular carpet collection speaks to the triumph of the human spirit. Using the work of artist Charlie French as a point of departure, this collection is a result of a collaboration with ArtLifting, an organization which champions artists who are impacted by disabilities or housing insecurity. ArtLifting provides a platform and creates opportunities for underrepresented artists to amplify their voices and participate in the contemporary art market.

Social Canvas conveys the expression and poignancy of Charlie French’s abstract painterly style, depicted in multiple styles, each viewed as a different canvas. This collection serves as a focal point, or artistic accent, to bring the warmth of the human spirit into spaces for all to feel welcome and supported. Visit Mohawk Group at NeoCon in Showroom 3-377.
Cushman & Wakefield, a leading real estate services firm, released a study titled Office of the Future Revisited. The study reports on employees’ thoughts on returning to work, the need for hybrid office workspaces, and increased demand for space in office-using industries. The report is based on Cushman & Wakefield analysis of industry leasing data, its own surveys since the onset of the pandemic, and other sources.

"The report also showcases other trends, including industries and geographic areas experiencing economic growth. Overall, post-pandemic job expansion has fared better in industry sectors with positions that tend to be office-based, such as tech and finance," said David Smith, global head of Occupier Insights at Cushman & Wakefield and co-author of the report.

Connecting the natural environment with the workplace, Bonh by jehs+laub for Davis Furniture provides an interior accessory that harmoniously blends the architectural with the organic. A collection of cascading planters, Bohn’s modern, geometric shapes starkly contrast with an infinite variety of plants used to bring the outdoors in. Bonh’s biophilic design subsequently contributes to the health and well-being of the occupants while also providing a striking visual.

Designed to be used singularly or in groups, the Bonh planter provides space separation or design accent options depending on its configuration. Fabricated with a trio of steel cylinder forms and various support rods, Bonh is available in two heights and over 30 striking powder coat colors. Davis Furniture’s Elements line of interior accessories spans from coat hooks, coat racks, umbrella stands and even side tables; Bonh now joins as the first Element to add an organic, biophilic aspect to the collection. See Davis Furniture at NeoCon in Showroom 3-115.
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The Hospital, Outpatient Facilities & Medical Office Buildings Summits offer in-person education with five hours of CEUs and two hours of networking. ​Explore how healthcare design, construction, operations, and regulations have changed over the past two years. Examine the trends and technologies reshaping existing and future healthcare facilities. Gain valuable insights you can put to work the next day. Summit summary/recap and presentation materials are provided.

The healthcare summits are customized to each market and will be held on June 8 in Boston, June 14 in New York, and June 28 in Chicago. The McMorrow Reports/Healthcare is the media partner.

The Clemson University School of Nursing is hosting the 3rd Annual International Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare Design: Reimagining the Unimaginable: Designing for Readiness, Rapid Response, and Resilience. The conference allows nursing and design leaders in healthcare environments to present their research and work at the Westin Poinsett in Greenville, S.C., July 28-30.

The keynote speakers are Oriana Beaudet, vice president of Nursing Innovation for the American Nurses Association Enterprise, and Karen Hill, former chief operating officer/chief nursing officer of Baptist Health Lexington, located in Kentucky.

The McMorrow Reports/Healthcare is the Gold Sponsor. Our readers who are healthcare facility managers, designers, and planners should attend to: 

  • Network with industry colleagues in a boutique conference setting  
  • Learn what is important to patients and families in the built environment  
  • Connect with nurse leaders who are experts in the environment of care
  • Hear from national and international interdisciplinary professionals involved in healthcare design.  

For more information and the list of expert speakers, visit the Clemson University International Nursing Conference for Excellence in Healthcare Design website.