NeoCon East, the premier commercial furnishings exposition in the Mid-Atlantic region for the architecture and design community, will return to the Baltimore Convention Center October 17-18 with a special focus on products on the GSA schedule and for the design of government facilities. More than 7,000 industry professionals and over 250 exhibitors will attend the two day Show, which will showcase new products, special events and educational offerings. Now in its tenth year, NeoConEast is considered the conference and trade show for the Mid-Atlantic design community.
“NeoConEast has grown tremendously since it was launched in 2003, which is an indication of how important the Federal Government has become to many manufacturers,” said Mark Falanga, president and CEO, MMPI. “This central location in the Mid-Atlantic region is ideal for designers, contractors and government procurement officers to explore new products, meet top manufacturers and glean valuable insights from the expansive educational tracks.”
NeoCon East is the only place in the Mid-Atlantic region to see thousands of new product launches from industry heavy hitters. Attendees at the show will be the first to see innovative, next generation products and resources in the areas of architectural and building products, furniture, seating, flooring, case-goods, ceramic tile, sustainable products, textiles and technology.
A complete exhibitor list is available at www.neoconeast.com.
Show organizers have lined up two incredible and informative keynote speakers including:
John W. Chapman AIA, principal of KCCT in Washington, D.C. was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Industry Advisory Panel representing the American Institute of Architects. Formed under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this panel of nine ensures that the U.S. Department of State employs the best possible methods for safety, security, and functional facilities at U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. As Principal-in-Charge of KCCT’s international studio, Mr. Chapman has designed ten new embassy compounds, six new diplomatic office buildings, twenty major embassy renovations, and restored fifteen historic buildings overseas—four of which are listed on the Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Property. Sponsored by Davis Furniture Industries, his keynote is free to registered NeoCon East attendees and will take place Wednesday, October 17 at 11 a.m. in the Theater on the Show Floor.
Native New Yorker Todd Bracher, founder of Todd Bracher Studio LLC, is a Designer and Strategist currently based in New York City after a decade working in Copenhagen, Milan, Paris and London. Todd has collaborated with some of the most prestigious brands from around the world on projects ranging from furniture and object design, to interiors and architecture. Todd has been pinned as ‘America’s next great Designer’, as well as received nominations for International Designer of the year in 2008 and 2009. His experiences range from working independently, heading Tom Dixon’s Design studio, acting Professor of Design at l’ESAD in Reims France, to having been appointed Creative Director of the Scandinavian luxury brand Georg Jensen. Sponsored by Shaw Contract Group, his keynote is free to registered NeoCon East attendees and will take place Thursday, October 18 in the Theater on the Show Floor.
Continuing education and professional development have always been an integral component of the NeoCon East show, and this year is no exception. With more than 35 CEU seminars organized into 11 specialty tracks, NeoCon East programming meets the educational needs of both private and public sector interior designers, architects and engineers with high-quality, professionally-certified seminars.
Speakers will address a range of important topics in the 11 tracks including: Office Design, Facilities Management, Facilities Construction/Renovation, Green Design, Government Interiors and Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, Institutional, Lighting, Professional Development and Residential.
All seminars will be filed with respective associations including AIA, IDCEC, GBCI and NCQLP for continuing educational credits. Registration is required as seating is limited. Seminar fees are $30 each for the A&D professional if registered by October 10th and $40 each for onsite registration. Government employees, with a government ID will receive a discounted rate of $30 for unlimited seminars. All GSA sponsored seminars under the GSA educational track are free to all attendees.
Visit www.neoconeast.comfor a complete listing of tours, association forums and special events.
SPECIAL EXHIBITS AND AWARDS
Canstruction – at NeoCon East
Pratt StreetEntrance - Level III, Registration Lobby
Debuting at NeoCon East 2012 is Canstruction’s Boos and Ghouls of Baltimore as Baltimore’s top A&D firms have teamed up with NeoCon East exhibitors to create inspired structural designs made entirely of canned food. In cooperation with Canstruction, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NeoCon East is a perfect venue to engage, amaze and inspire the A&D community to donate food that will help feed thousands of people this year. At the close of NeoCon East all of the food used in the structures will be donated to the Baltimore Food Depository for distribution to community emergency feeding programs.
Best of NeoCon
Commercial interior products that received the renowned Best of NeoCon distinction at NeoCon 2012 in Chicago will be showcased for the first time on the East Coast during NeoCon East, sponsored by Contract magazine. The Best of NeoCon award is the highest honor a commercial furnishings manufacturer can receive. Judging is completed at The Merchandise Mart by approximately 46 facilities managers and interior designers who award products that display the most innovative concepts in 40 different product categories.
GSA Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center
NeoCon East is once again positioned to take place at the beginning of the federal government fiscal cycle, and is the only design expo and conference for government commercial interiors. The show boasts the largest concentration of products and services for commercial interiors on the GSA schedule, making NeoCon East the most cost-effective method for attendees to source products for interior design projects. The show will feature the GSA Integrated Workplace Acquisition Center booth on the show floor to help Federal employees and exhibitors navigate through the government procurement process.
There will be a live GSA e-tools lab within the booth this year for customers and industry professionals to work with GSA representatives on understanding the GSA e-Library, GSA e-Buy, and GSA Advantage.
Visit www.neoconeast.comto view a full listing of special exhibits, awards and special events.
To register for complimentary admission to NeoCon East visit www.neoconeast.com. Online registration for seminars and special events will be available mid-August. Pre-registration ends Wednesday, October 10th. For more information, call 800.677.6278 (MART) or visit www.neoconeast.com.
Halls E, F, G and Swing
One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Md.
Wednesday, October 17• 9am – 6pm
Thursday, October 18 • 9am – 4pm
Wednesday, October 17 • 8am – 5pm
Thursday, October 17 • 8am – 2pm