EDspaces Shows Off Latest in Educational Design


EDspaces, a conference about the future of learning environments, got bigger and better this year.

“EDspaces growth continues with a 12 percent increase in attendees and a 10 percent increase in exhibits over last year,” said Jim McGarry, president and chief executive officer of Education Market Associations of the recent Tampa event. “We are excited to see the event evolve into the one industry place where the stakeholders responsible for the intersection of technology, space and pedagogy in education facilities are coming together to learn, experience innovation and network.”

More than 60 CEU sessions, interactive classroom designs, tours, new products and a number of informative presentations were featured at the conference.

EDspaces attendees were there to learn and not just walk by or pay the courtesy few minutes with a manufacturer. They sat with manufacturers, discussed upcoming projects and had plenty of time to pitch their ideas. “Learning is not linear,” said Nick Blessinger, vice president of marketing at OFS. “There's a rhythm to understanding and connection. We must contribute however we can to help students discover their rhythm to encourage a lifetime of curiosity, empathy and sharing.”

Palmer Hamilton's Phab Lab division, a new turnkey process, was introduced at the conference. “Palmer Hamilton could not be more pleased with the attendance and the acceptance of our new Phab Lab process that goes beyond furniture, graphics and equipment but encompasses training, curriculum and support,” said Jeff Schreiner, vice president of sales and marketing with Palmer Hamilton.