Nov 10, 2017

EDspaces 2017 Keynotes & Exhibits Draw Large Crowds & News Coverage

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EDspaces 2017 brought together more than 2,000 leaders from across the education sector for a three-day conference and expo to push past boundaries 
and help schools and colleges work for all students. Growth was illustrated by record attendance with twice as many architects and designers as last year and a 15% increase in attendance by educational institutions. In addition, 100 more exhibit booths were sold compared to 2016 with 53 companies exhibiting for the first time.

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An actively-engaged committee of EDmarket leadership, American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education and U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools leaders, and local dealers and architects in Kansas City planned a powerful education program featuring over 40 educational sessions, two impressive plenary session speakers (Sir Ken Robinson and Google’s Jaime Casap), and six tour site locations. Experts in the design community shared new research and trend data while educators and planners demonstrated their first-hand experience and needs for modern facility design that can affect positive change in the classroom. 

EDmarket fielded competitive classroom design at EDspaces; a first for the event, with evaluation managed by a diverse program and planning committee. Classrooms are an extension of learning, allowing participants to experience how the environment facilities education at every level. Visit EDspaces classrooms online for more information about this year's winners:

• Demco, Inc.
• Moseley Architects
• Scott Rice Office Works/DLR Group/VS
• School Outfitters
• Susan Gladden Interiors

EDspaces attendees experienced the latest in educational furniture, fixtures, and equipment from nearly top manufacturers with the latest innovations for students and teachers with new products introduced by 78% of the exhibiting companies. Highlighting cutting-edge products, the 2017 EDspaces Innovation Awards featured hot new products for the classroom, visit us on line for more details. Juried by members of International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and covered by Learning by Design magazine, winners were announced at the Thursday Plenary session with the Best of Competition honors awarded to CEF-Custom Educational Furnishings for The Edison Table. Category winners included:

Flooring: Moraine by Milliken & Company

Equipment: TechGuard Connect Charging Lockers by Bretford Manufacturing Inc.

Furniture: The Edison Table by CEF-Custom Educational Furnishings

Furniture: Vidget 3-in-1 Flexible Seating System™ by Viggi Corp.

Seating: Virco C2M 4-Leg Chair by Virco, Inc.

Seating: HowdaHUG® Seats by Howda Designz, LLC

Also honored with the 
David McCurrach Distinguished Service Award: Gregory Cooney, co-owner of the Frank Cooney Company, for his long-term commitment to the industry and EDmarket.

Exhibitors gave generously at the conclusion of the event by donating 16.5 twenty-five foot truckloads of brand-new educational furnishings, equipment and fixtures to benefit Kansas City Public Schools.
USGBC Central Plains and Center for Green Schools coordinated the donations in support of their mission to transform all schools into sustainable and healthy places to live, learn, work and play.  

Attendees a fun all-industry EDfest Party at The College Basketball Experience where they could participate in free-throw drill, explore the history of the game, and network with fellow key players in the education market.

Future EDspaces
Mark your calendar for next year’s event: November 7-9, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. 
We're evolving this conference each year to encourage networking and give participants a chance to forge lifelong professional connections throughout the education sector and experience new product innovations. Consider submitting a presentation an joining us:

October 23-25, 2019 Milwaukee, WI
November 11-13, 2020 Charlotte, NC
November 3-5, 2021 Pittsburgh, PA
November 2-4, 2022 Portland, OR

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