Altered States- The Future of Consciousness (AIA, IDCEC)

Discover the importance in designing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion into our physical space to provide a blueprint for happier and more connected workplaces. Understand the critical role of design as it impacts cultural consciousness. Examine how cultural drivers influence the human condition, interpersonal relationships and our use of space.

Creating Safe Healthcare Environments (AIA, EDAC)

Define major safety issues and explain how design can be leveraged to reduce risk to injury and infection. Identify how design of the healthcare environment must align with operational strategies.

Designing Memory Care Facilities (AIA, IDCEC)

Explain how design can better accommodate the memory loss, cognitive decline and behaviors commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Explain how design can improve overall quality of life for residents with these conditions. Equip interiors to manage potential environmental triggers, such as light and sound, to reduce agitation and aggressive episodes experienced by those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Design spaces so that they are more easily seen and understood by residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Create interior environments that promote safe ambulation and exploration.

Flooring for Healthcare: An Evidence-Based Design Approach (AIA, IDCEC)

Explore the principles of evidence-based design and how they are applied to flooring selection and linked to patient, staff and visitor satisfaction. Discuss design considerations, strengths, and weaknesses of different flooring materials in satisfying selection criteria. Review and understand flooring implications in healthcare environments and effects on acoustics, ergonomics, slip/fall incidents, roller mobility, glare, indoor air quality, as well as maintenance/infection prevention and control. Provide specifiers the knowledge and tools to make thorough evaluations.

Guide to Successful Flooring Installations (AIA, IDCEC)

Understand the importance of proper site conditions, the necessity of moisture testing, controlling job-site temperature and humidity, and how proper storage and acclimation can affect the installation process and long-term performance of the flooring. Understand basic subfloor preparation. Protect newly installed flooring to prevent costly damage. Understand the importance of initial maintenance of specified flooring materials.

Happy & Healthy: Designing High-Performance, Healthy Learning Environments (AIA, IDCEC)

Examine how school curriculum has changed in the past 20 years based on empirical evidence discovered through extensive research into how the brain works, how children learn, and how they may be affected by adverse childhood experiences or disabilities. Understand the correlation between curriculum trends and trends in school design. Analyze the importance of indoor environmental and healthy materials in education settings. Describe how to integrate innovative and high performance design principles into schools to optimize the learning environment.

Improving Indoor Air Quality in the Built Environment (AIA, IDCEC, USGBC)

Understand how IAQ is measured and the impact it has on occupants. List contributing factors to poor IAQ both during construction and after occupancy.   Discuss how improving IAQ requires a specific strategy that includes material and product selection. Explain the importance of selecting flooring materials and systems that promote improved IAQ.

Inspiration in Flooring Design (AIA, IDCEC)

Explore mixing of products with shape, size and color to create an interesting floor. Identify creative possibilities for using shape and pattern to create a unique floor. Share benefits and possibilities of floor design through a custom cutting process.

Neoculture: Evolving Societal Landscapes Requires Fresh Perspective for Interior Design (AIA, IDCEC)

Become familiar with Neoculture as a cultural concept and recognize how Neoculture is represented in technology, interior design and branding. Discover the four mega-trends of Neoculture and how they are distinct from one another. Recognize the four facets that are present and drive design solutions within each mega-trend.   Learn about how color and material trends reflect each mega-trend within Neoculture.

Neoculture: The Blend of Cultural Landscapes (AIA, IDCEC)

Develop an understanding of four macro-trends and how they are shaping culture and values. Understand the six changes in our attitudes that are responsible for driving these culture shifts and how they are impacting our clients’ needs and expectations. Become prepared to lead clients in creating culturally relevant space and experiences based on changing needs and expectations. Understand, at a high level, how these cultural shifts are being translated into the next generation of interior design.

New Sustainable and Aesthetic Options in Finishing Borders (Wall Base) (AIA, IDCEC)

Explain the difference between toe and toeless styles of wall base and identify the applications for which each is best suited. Compare popular wall base materials in terms of performance, sustainability and cost. Consider new wood alternative wall base solutions for healthcare and commercial applications. Specify the wall base that best meets the aesthetic, performance and sustainability demands of the project.

NEXT Generation Green Building: Connecting People & Place (AIA, IDCEC, USGBC)

Discuss green building design trends that are centered on occupants and performance. Discover emerging tools for communication and performance evaluation. Review green building system updates and new systems gaining momentum. Address the necessary balance in relationship between people and environment.

Resilient Flooring: Safety & Specification (AIA, IDCEC)

Understand how flooring safety enhances space and resource productivity leading to improved financial return for end-users. Learn why reducing the incidence of trip/slip/fall accidents is critical to flooring safety. Discover how to determine which resilient flooring products to specify in a variety of applications, including reasons and methods for improving safety in stairways. Find out what codes and requirements impact material selection of floors, stairwells, ramps and thresholds including proposed changes to ADA.

The Language of Color (AIA, IDCEC)

Discuss “what is color.” Understand how the human eye perceives color and how our perception of color influences the colors we see. Discover the language of color (notation, order or both). Learn how numerical standards plus colorimetry equal a common and precise color language.

The New Paradigm in Healthcare (AIA, IDCEC)

Learn about the legislation and compliance changes facing today’s healthcare business. Discover what patient centered care means to both healthcare providers and healthcare consumers. Explore the changes in healthcare design, property development and construction. Discuss the important role that group purchasing organizations now play in healthcare supply chain. Review the Triple Aim and learn how it is relevant to different client audiences. Learn how flooring supports patient centered care in healing environments.

Transparency is Sustainability (AIA, IDCEC, USGBC)

Explain the differences between Environmental Product Disclosures (EPDs) and various material disclosure tools. Describe the limitations of both EPDs and material disclusure tools being used as platforms to compare the environmental impact or health hazards represented by different products.   Recognize what certifications for resilient flooring products are required to satisfy credits in LEED 2009 and what new type of disclosure format has been approved as a way to satisfy requirements of LEED v4. Identify the certifications that verify a resilient flooring product is compliant with emissions testing standard referred to as CA01350.

Understanding Vinyl Flooring (AIA, IDCEC, USGBC)

Define vinyl within the larger category of plastics. Understand the history of vinyl and its attributes in the building industry.   Discover the progress the vinyl industry has made in raw materials, manufacturing processes, and end of life opportunities. Discuss vinyl flooring recycling capabilities and third-party certifications.