March Member Meeting
Test Member Meeting
URBANEER™ is liberating space by merging innovative design strategies with a unique ecosystem of versatile, integrated products that can be re-configured and are responsive to changing needs, day by day, or minute by minute. URBANEER’s configurable systems can change an average room into a dynamic space that supports the way people live, work, heal and learn. The result—the next generation of spaces that are unique and highly adaptable environments designed to function efficiently, flexibly, beautifully.
URBANEER’s mission is to use technology to transform the way people design, build, and manage space. URBANEER has developed a product ecosystem that includes movable walls, Murphy beds, kitchens, built-in cabinetry, and more. These products are supported with in-house space-optimization expertise and project management. All of this enables URBANEER to deliver institutional and private clients spaces that are more beautiful, intelligent, and economical than conventional solutions.
The first 20 years of Bruce Thompson’s career was focused commercializing technology to solve a range of industry challenges from logistics to fashion, design and homeland security. He worked in both start-ups and multi-national companies.
Bruce and his wife and have had the opportunity to move 15 times – 5 states and 3 countries – in 31 years. This has helped him to learn first-hand how space needs are changing and develop a belief that our society is in the midst of a once in a century shift that will dramatically transform our entire built environment in the decades ahead.
Bruce’s work today builds on this theme with a focus on innovating the spaces where we live, work, play, learn and heal. Recently he co-founded and launched URBANEER, a space-optimization start-up in partnership with Rockford Construction.
February Membership Meeting
An approach to well-being by Haworth
May 2016: An approach to well-being by Haworth
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: Rockford Construction
Well-being is a broad term used as an overall indication of quality of life. It is influenced by, and has an impact on, a variety of factors including physical health, comfort, stress, cognitive performance, employee engagement, happiness, economic success, and even life satisfaction.
IDCEC Course#: CC-CC-104407; HSW
Subject Code: 2. Interior Design / 12. Sustainable and/or
The movement towards a healthy and sustainable future requires knowing how to support people, nature and the built environment. This improves the bottom line. The goal of this course is to introduce the seven pillars of the new WELL Building Standards and help gain an understanding of incorporating these standards into the workplace. Awareness of these opportunities provides insight on the impact WELL Building has on business and its importance in the market.
Explain “why” well-being matters in the work environment
Explore opportunities for companies to implement well-being
Learn about the structure and content of WELL Building
Explore the new standard through an actual case study
The Human Architecture Interface: Why the attention to
Why Well-Being Matters to Business: Top Issues for people
in professional settings
Areas of Opportunity
Case Study: WELL Building Standards Overview
Air, Water, & Light
Nourishment & Fitness
Comfort & Mind
Conclusion | Question & Answer
Associate Sustainability Specialist
Rachel Cash joined Haworth, Inc. in 2015 in the role of Associate Sustainability Specialist. Responsibilities include facilitation of sales questions and requests for information related to LEED and product sustainability, meeting with clients to discuss Haworth’s sustainability program, maintenance of internal sustainability communications, assistance with corporate environmental compliance, and coordination of sustainability metrics between departments.
Before coming to Haworth, Cash interned at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality where she coordinated and managed a variety of environmental projects, acted as a liaison between non-governmental bodies and MDEQ, created online environmental education resources and fostered DEQ sponsored community programs and promote community-based environmental involvement. Cash also interned The Department of Community Health where she worked as a member of the Explore Lab Science Team and facilitated lab science workshops to prompt interest in science careers for k-12 students. Cash also conducted Biofuel research at the University of Michigan Biological Station where she investigated the economic viability of harvesting monocultures of invasive species for fuel.
Cash graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in
Environmental Science. During her time in Ann Arbor Cash facilitated a theater workshop in Detroit at a youth
incarceration facility and was actively involved with environmental sustainability organizations on campus.