IIDA Great Plains Chapter


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Chapter Wide | Elevate

  • Hilton Garden Inn 8600 Northpark Drive Johnston, IA, 50131 United States (map)

Let's elevate ourselves; Our community; Our profession.

Join the IIDA Great Plains Chapter for a chapter-wide day of professional development on Friday, November 2nd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston. The inspiring and educational day will include CEU courses, Chip DeGrace as our keynote speaker and tours of recently completed buildings in the Des Moines area. A big thanks to our Event Underwriters Interface and the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).

9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Sessions 1A and 1B
10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker | Chip DeGrace
11:30 a.m. Lunch / IIDA Announcements
12:30 p.m. Tours - Mercy Women's Center, Holmes Murphy
4:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour / Raffle

Keynote Speaker
Chip DeGrace, VP, Workplace Applications, Interface, Inc.
Design like you mean it: A case for designing as if human health and climate stability depended on it.
(0.1 IDCEC)

Can’t I eat some chocolate without knowing who made it and its quantity of saturated fats and caffeine? How about ride my motorcycle with no helmet without someone reciting death tallies? Answer is yes, but being smarter doesn’t necessarily ruin the buzz, it could actually enhance it. The idea of being restricted and constrained is unpleasant for most people, but let’s admit it, as designers, we secretly dig it. It’s what motivates us. It gives us something to push up against. We get to show how deft we are with the budget, doing a whole lot with just a little. Or cleverly balancing unrationalized customer requirements for beauty with increased employee retention, lower operating costs and LEED v4 platinum certification.

Chip DeGrace, VP of Workplace Applications for Interface will talk about the how designing with the people and planet in mind has led his company to consistently create industry leading product systems and doing it while getting the entire company to zero carbon footprint. He will reflect on the buildout of the new HQ for Interface in Atlanta, just being completed. In addition to being tired, he’s fresh with reflections on strategies to achieve your customers’ desire for great workspace, achieving new levels of health and wellbeing of workers and doing it with low imbedded carbon strategies. Please join us in the conversation.

The chocolate’s on us and please ride your motorcycle.


Session 1A: The Noise Around Acoustics

Presented by Patricia Engstrom with MDC
(IDCEC 0.1 HSW, AIA 1.0 LU)

This CEU explores the changing world of acoustics. Evolutions in the built environment are creating an increased need for sound control. Mounting evidence shows that the benefits of adequate acoustics can have rippling positive benefits on occupants. In this one hour presentation, we will explore the changing world of acoustics and how it is translated to tangible benefits in corporate, healthcare, educational, and hospitality spaces.

Session 1B: The Materials Engineering Within The Spectral Art Utilized To Design And Manufacture Institutional Casework And Office Furniture
Presented by Stevens Industries, Inc.
(IDCEC 0.1 HSW, AIA 1.0 LU)

Class Objectives:
To gain insight into the wide array of information on the attributes and features of composite cores,
surfacing materials and hardware used to manufacture quality casework.
To know and understand how these materials support marketable designs plus accommodating the
environmental requirements for your projects.
To obtain guidance on how to utilize this information to facilitate your specification drafting skills, help
you hone your trendsetting designs and help your customers understand and appreciate your designs to
create their visions.
Information to be provided on a comparison basis of the Modular Casework Process to the Architectural
Millwork approach.

Mercy Women's Center

(IDCEC 0.1) Welcome to the Patient Experience Era CEU
Designed by: INVISION Architecture, Saxton
CEU Presented by: INVISION Architecture

Holmes Murphy
Designed by: Substance Architecture, Workspace