Bringing light into Greenbuild Special Sets
In 2009, Greenbuild and its volunteer leadership decided it was time to take Greenbuild beyond just high-level educational content and dig into the attendee experience.
They wanted to create a way to truly engage attendees with presenters and the session content, while also improving their learning experience. From these discussions, the Greenbuild Special Sets Program was born.
Greenbuild brought together a new group of volunteer leaders to support this challenge, the Special Programs Working Group. These volunteers helped envision the innovative rooms and coach presenters on how to use these new environments. The Special Sets Program was launched in 2010 at McCormick Place in Chicago and consisted of three unique rooms.
Following the program’s first year, Susan Szenasy of Metropolis Magazine wrote an article in response to the program. She further challenged the Special Sets Program, as well as the building and hospitality industries, to think not only about the functions of the spaces they create in convention centers, but the effect that these spaces have on the people who inhabit them.
One of Szenasy’s main criticisms was the lack of natural daylight in convention centers that resulted in “snoozefests” for attendees.
Now in it's 4th year, our Greenbuild 2013 Special Sets Program will debut its first ever “Day Lit” Special Set Room. While day lighting is old news to the green building community, day lit educational breakout spaces in convention centers are hard to come by!
The Day Lit Room will take advantage of an atrium space in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Temporary partitions will define the space and limit noise. The space is enclosed by floor to ceiling windows on two sides and this will create an intimate, light-filled learning environment.
Come check out the Day Lit Special Set Room and our four other Special Set Rooms at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia. We hope to see you there!