Our team had the opportunity to attend this year NeoCon – one of the most recognized trade shows in the commercial design industry. We had the opportunity to meet with our partners to get the scoop on the newest products. Take a look!
Focal Point: Transform the workplace into a destination of choice.
Focal Point: Residential Inspired Spaces
Focal Point: Hospitality at Work–presents a new way of thinking about the office and a more welcoming way to work.
Focal Point: Build the perfect interior space for what you need now –– and whatever the future brings.
DIRTT interior solutions help you create an environment that elevates academic performance and outcomes. The relationship between the built environment and the way we interact within is complex, especially in learning environments. Now more than ever, educators and students want to shape the look of their environment and how it functions. To enable that, user requirements are considered right from the start and are integrated at all stages of the design process. The result is a space that seamlessly supports the needs of diverse groups with acoustics management, integrated technology, ample natural light, writable surfaces and anything else you need.
Clean, Fast Construction
Meet your tightest build schedules during holidays and breaks. Our solutions arrive ready for quick-connect, tilt-up construction so you can welcome students back to a fresh space.
Cost Competitive and Cost Certainty
We are competitive with the first cost of a conventionally built interior space. Conventional builders spend approximately 70 percent of your budget on labor, contingencies, fees, and conditions, with the remaining 30 percent on materials.
Get the pricing and schedule predictability you require. We use ICE® 3D design and specification software to determine the exact cost of your project as you design your space. When your plan is finalized, so is your quote. With this approach, we eliminate the costly uncertainties, including scheduling delays and material slippage, that drives up costs on traditional builds.
All components can be disassembled, moved and reconfigured quickly without dust, delay or design constraints. Current project needs are met from the beginning and you can be confident the space will adapt to any situation with ease, at any time, without compromising performance.
In the ever-changing world of healthcare, we recognize the need for cost-effective, efficient facilities that serve the patient needs, satisfy government regulations, and offer productive spaces for today’s healthcare professionals.
Manufacturers of healthcare furnishings are focused on creating products that are durable, sustainable, and affordable and yet full of style and comfort. Today we are highlighting three different spaces
WELCOME AREAS | Feel at home
Delgado by National
This seating collection offers components that are stunning so that together they embody spectacular design. Delgado’s plush comfort and unconventional beauty accentuate its design, while the bent plywood back offers angular appeal.
Solution highlight: Its clean lines and crisp details are enveloped by rich wood or tailored upholstery to create a versatile seating collection.
QUIET SPACES| Function and Sophistication
Zola Privacy provides a unique level of comfort for higher-back modular seating: a supportive contour that’s been specifically designed to make extended sitting a pleasurable and healthy experience.
Solution highlight: Made to withstand the rigors of heavy use, including bariatric applications, with features such as removable and replaceable upholstery covers, so covers can be cleaned, repaired or replaced as required; modular construction allows damaged components to be easily replaced, and allows for complete cleaning and disinfecting of each unit.
PATIENT CARE| Distinctive and Diverse
Meadow by Kimball Health
Meadow is a holistic family of recliners designed for human needs within the healing environment.
Solution highlight: Fit for all patient body types and sizes, Meadow offers comfort, smooth motion, and features that support spatial efficiency in a variety of applications
“Modularity, Flexibility and Adaptability are the future of all environments but especially healthcare.”
– Aneetha McLellan, Director of Kimball Health Sales, Design, and Innovation.
At this year Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando, Florida, Kimball Healthcare unveiled their new healthcare design vision with new products as well as “new mindsets to support and challenge today’s healthcare spaces.”
Let’s take a look at the innovative new introductions:
Alterna – Supporting the Full Facility
Modular | Flexible | Adaptable |
Ideal for lounge and waiting spaces, registration, nurse stations, infusion bays, in-room solutions, cafes, administrative areas and more.
Wilder – Design, Simplistic Scale, Comfort and Durability
Wilder is a lounge and guest seating family that is small in scale with aesthetic detailing, while still having a very generous and comfortable seat.
Pairings Health – Changing the Way We Wait
Adaptable | Comfortable |Tailored Solutions
Ideal for privacy room, family alcoves, open café, as well as small group huddle space.
“Workstyles have changed and so has the workforce. No longer is the workplace population comprised of just resident employees who are on-site full-time. Today, a network of mobile employees, remote workers, part-time employees, contract workers and consultants work collaboratively across disciplines in teams and tasks that shift as frequently as their projects.”
As technology has transformed higher education, so has how we accommodate those changes. Technology makes learning mobile and makes students active participants in their education, engaging and collaborating with one another, in both small and large groups, in and out of the classroom. Their tools are at their fingertips. Now the classroom is portable. As a result high education is addressing these needs.
Knoll Office facilitated the University of Portland Oregon’s project of modernizing its Clark Library. “We needed to create a fresh environment that would attract 19-23-year-olds to the library,” said Dan Danielson of Soderstrom Architects, of Portland.
“Serving the digital natives of Generation Y on college campuses requires not only state-of-the-art technology, but also an environment that supports the highly collaborative way students work and learn today. At the University of Portland, administrators and library staff sought to create such a space to replace an existing mid-century library that no longer serviced today’s students,” cited Knoll’s case study.
Technology is at the forefront of the evolving needs of education, inspiring a mobile and dynamic learning environment that embraces creativity and collaboration. To bring Clark Library up to date, Knoll focused not only on technology, but also on creating collaborative spaces.
“We knew technology would be the heart of the library,” said Harrington. Moreover, improved connectivity was the driver planners assumed would build traffic.
Although the building’s technology infrastructure had been updated through the years, the furniture had not necessarily kept up, explained Erika Dehle, Interior Designer at Soderstrom Architects. A shortage of power outlets resulted in a dangerous and unsightly collection of endless cords across floors.”
They had cables, cords, tracks, Velcro,” Dehle said. Hampered by low ceilings that made burying cables in raised floors impossible, planners needed to find another solution.
Equal to technology requirements was an acute need for spaces where students could learn collaboratively in a way that did not exist when the original library was built. “Collaboration was really central to what we wanted to do,” said Harrington.
From a cultural perspective, planners sought to enhance the facilities to encourage non-academic usage. “They wanted students to use it as a place where they would feel comfortable meeting, studying or whatever,” explained Gina Zaharie, Knoll Sales Representative. “While the physical piece was important, they really wanted that attraction piece to create a place to hang out.”
“Clark Library went from an old traditional library with limited technical capability to a modern facility providing dynamic, interchangeable power, data, storage capacity and display capabilities,” summarized Corrado.
“My favorite part is going into the library and seeing it being used the way it is: a warm, inviting space,” said University Operations VP Ravelli. “It’s really night and day with our old space. The space has moved from a 1960s version of a library with mostly books and not much study space, full of dark wood and low energy to one that is high energy, vibrant with almost a “buzz” when you walk in there. Students no longer have to go to the library. They want to go because it’s the place to be. We’re pretty thrilled.”