GS&P’s Valli Wiggins and Emily Haynes to Share Insights at NeoCon

June 11, 2018

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that Hospitality Design Leader Valli Wiggins, RID, LEED AP ID+C, and Interior Design Intern Emily Haynes will present at NeoCon. Wiggins will discuss ways for hotels to win back the Airbnb generation through hospitality design, while Haynes will present a case study on preventing flooring indentations. The event will be held June 11-13 at The Mart in Chicago. 

NeoCon is one of the most influential events of the year in the commercial design industry. Attendees from around the world will come together to drive discussions related to the technological advances, cultural changes and environmental advancements that are shaping the design industry.

Summaries of the presentations follow.

Winning Back the Airbnb Generation: Is Interior Design the Secret Weapon?
Presentation by Valli Wiggins, RID, LEED AP ID+C

For many years, the hotel industry drove hospitality trends. Now, with the advent of Airbnb and similar platforms, guests have flipped the script. People are more selective than ever with how they spend their hospitality dollars, and recent studies show millennials spend more than boomers on travel. This presentation will dive into this phenomenon and explain why it’s essential for hotel owners to rethink design. As the old hotel standards fall by the wayside, a new paradigm for success is emerging. Wiggins will outline this formula for success, stressing creative, experience-driven and highly customized design that keeps guests writing the script.

Case Study – An Investigation Into Flooring Indentation Issues and Lessons Learned
Presentation by Emily Haynes, Sean DeVore and Stan Schneider

After an independent testing agency reported no significant findings as to why only one area of a large healthcare facility was experiencing severe floor indentations when no other areas were, the design team turned to the flooring and furniture industries for help. In this presentation, Emily Haynes, Mannington Commercial’s Sean DeVore and Wieland Healthcare Furniture’s Stan Schneider will share their research, as well as what they learned to look for in subfloor material, flooring and furniture and how to minimize risk for owners.