Thursday, August 10 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Introduction to The WELL Building Standard

presenter: Caroline Compton, WELL AP, RID w/ Corgan

The WELL Building Standard is the first building rating system that focuses on the health of the building's occupants. This performance-based rating system impacts human health and well-being through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. It marries best practices in design and construction with positive behavioral aspects that have been proven to increase productivity, health, employee satisfaction, and employee retention. This presentation is an introduction to The WELL Building Standard and will cover the following key points: LEED vs. WELL; how WELL can add value to your organization; The WELL Certification Process and fees; Current stats pertaining to where we are with WELL today.


Thursday, August 10 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Design Dish

presenters: William Baker w/ Jones Baker; Miguel Vincens & John Paul Valverde w/ Coeval Studio; Royce Ring & Alex Urrunaga w/ planBgroup

Find out how top restaurant designers are maximizing the consumer appeal, operational efficiency and success of F&B concepts. They will share upcoming design previews, as well as their viewpoints on the new regional restaurant trends and why some concepts do not have the longevity to stick around.


Friday, August 11 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How to Navigate the FF&E Process – Conceptual Design to Installation, the Players and their Roles

presenters: Sonya Odell, FASID, RID w/ The Ginger Grant Group, Lynn Meeker w/ Wilson Office Interiors, Kenda Draper, ASID, RID, LEED AP ID+C w/ SmithGroupJJR, Stephanie Andrus w/ Texas Women’s University

Furniture specifications used to be easy, then reduced fees, rapid project speeds, additional course work required/less specification writing, fewer bodies on projects, more components in the design process, and not enough experienced designers left in many design firms. This panel discussion with a senior commercial interior designer, designer with a university, dealer, and furniture rep will explain how to get the best project from the initial design concepts to the final move in - what can happen plus how to prevent some of the dreaded "VE" and the "Oops" that occur on projects. Humor and horror will make a memorable discussion of the correct way to ask, what to expect, and to maintain your design.