EDspaces 2019 Call for Classroom Designs

EDspaces is the premiere event to explore how the convergence of pedagogy, space and technology combined with innovation affects facility design and use and, ultimately, student outcomes. As an extension to the high-quality education focused on the needs of the educational facility professional and A&D community, all EDsessions at EDspaces are held in peer-designed innovative learning environments.

These future-focused environments are a highlight for attendees and for EDspaces.

The Education Market Association (EDmarket) is now accepting proposals to outfit these innovative learning environments at EDspaces 2019, October 23-25, 2019 Milwaukee, WI. We invite you to submit a classroom/learning environment design proposal by April 30, 2019.

"Designing an EDspaces Classroom last year provided my firm with an opportunity to make an impact on a national level, and continue to put Oklahoma on the map in leading education design. It allowed my whole team to think outside the box and to explore spatial interaction, color, and varying furniture types."
Andrea Durbin, NCIDQ, IIDA

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Questions: Contact Adrienne Dayton at (800) 395-5550, ext. 1031


Info & Space Specs:

LOCATION Wisconsin Center Meeting Rooms
QUANTITY Six Classrooms are available for design
NUMBER OF SESSIONS PER ROOM At least seven EDsessions will be held in each learning environment
  • 61' x 59'
  • 64' x 69'
  • 79' x 69'
All rooms have three hard walls and one airwall. The airwall will not be shared with another learning environment.

The Wisconsin Center meeting rooms are carpeted; however, we encourage a flooring option to enhance the learning environments. Previous designers have indicated it makes a difference in the room.

Note: Convention center staff must approve products and materials prior to installation. Usually low adhesive properties are easily approved.

MOVE-IN DATES AND TIMES Sunday, October 20: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday, October 21: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 22: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm*
*one room may be chosen to host a 1 pm Tuesday EDsession
MOVE-OUT DATES AND TIMES Friday, October 25: 12 noon - 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 26: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
ELECTRICAL All electrical expense will be covered by EDmarket. You are responsible for providing an electrical plan, denoting location and power requirements.
DONATION PROGRAM Leave a lasting impression! EDmarket will facilitate the option for products to be donated to Milwaukee area schools.
PARTNER WITH EDspaces exhibitors
MATERIAL HANDLING Design team and/or their equipment providers are responsible for material handling expenses. We will have special shipping labels for each room/team.
AUDIO-VISUAL @ WISCONSIN CENTER - WORKS WITH SCHOOLS Conference Technologies, Inc. (CTI) is the in-house Audio-Visual provider at the Wisconsin Center. CTI has an integration division which designs and installs video and audio systems tailored to the unique requirements of an educational facility. Contact Adrienne Dayton for more information if you are interested in working with CTI.

Proposal Requirements:

Proposals should be submitted online by April 30, 2019.

DESIGN for PRESENTATIONS The learning environments should be designed to accommodate single speakers as well as panels of two to four participants presenting as:
  • facilitated delivery with high participation
  • peer-to-peer components
  • small group discussions
  • participant brainstorming and involvement in case-study analyses
Most presenters will use PowerPoint, and your design must include direct sightlines to view screens/monitors from all seating.
  • A drawing or schematic showing the layout
  • A description of the classroom outlining learning objectives of the design (limit 200 words)
SEATING Comfortable seating for a minimum of 100 adult learners
AUDIO-VISUAL Incorporating a plan for audio-visual/presentation equipment is crucial to the design (screens/monitors/microphones, etc.). Preference will be given to those proposals that offer interactive technology options.
SOUND The Wisconsin Center has indicated there are speakers in the ceiling of each meeting room which are ''reliable''; however, we encourage you to showcase a product or system to supplement the house sound. Please describe your sound plan in your submission.
THE TEAM List the team involved in your design as well as all vendors actively participating in the planning and installation.


NAMING RIGHTS Create a name for the education environment/learning space you have designed. This will be how your space is referred to in all promotions: print, online, and on-site.
  • Custom press release to announce your selection as a design winner
  • EDspaces webpage dedicated to the winning designs including links to the teams' websites
  • One (1) promotional email sent from EDmarket about the classrooms to the potential EDspaces attendee list (40,000+ decision-makers)
  • Logo and corporate name online and in the EDspaces 2019 On-Site Program and Mobile App
  • Branded signage on-site including one (1) double-sided 1m x 8' sign displaying your design storyboard
REGISTRATION Four (4) complimentary full conference registrations for your design team
OPEN HOUSE On Wednesday evening, attendees may tour the classroom spaces and hear directly from the design teams about their goals, insights and experiences.
VIDEO EDmarket will create a short video of the environment with interviews from the design team
PHOTOGRAPHY High-resolution photos of the designed space for promotional purposes (post-show)
EDSPACES INSIGHTS Each classroom will be individually profiled in this monthly digital publication from EDmarket (40,000+ exposures to Facility and A&D personnel).
ATTENDEE LIST List of attendees who attended sessions in your space (post-show)

Review/Selection Process:

EVALUATION CRITERIA Designs will be reviewed for:
  • Aesthetics
  • Overall functionality
  • Vendor engagement
  • Relevance to the future of educational facilities
  • Flexibility of the learning space
CLASSROOM JUDGES Classrooms are judged by a panel of Education Advisory Group members and 2018 classroom designers.

Improving Selection Odds:

  • Submit your proposal on time. Include drawing or schematic showing the layout and dimensions. Include a description of the space outlining learning objectives of the design (limited to 200 words).
  • Be sure to identify the dimensions in which you've chosen to work.
  • State how your design will support the latest space planning research, trends, etc.
  • Preference will be given to interactive, teaching environment designs.
  • Preference will be given to those proposals that offer interactive technology options.
  • Confirm the commitment of all vendors listed in your proposal to actively participate in the planning and installation.