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In early October, IDC hosted another edition of DesignEx, this time in Ottawa, Ont. bringing together IDC members, manufacturers, and industry representatives.

With over 65 designers in attendance, the event was held at the Andaz Ottawa Byward Market Hotel and featured three seminars, a networking lunch, and the signature table-top show including a draw with several door prizes.

The first seminar, “GC Workplace – The Evolution Of The Federal Workplace” presented by Véronique Boton, Manager of the Interior Design NCOE, Workplace Solutions, PSPC and Julie Jocelyn, Chief Interior Designer/Head of the Interior Design Division, Workplace Solutions, PSPC highlighted how government is transforming public service through workplace design. Attendees described the seminar presentation as well organized with highly relevant content. The presenters showcased how GC Workplace is responding to an ever changing and modernized public service, all while supporting employee wellbeing.

“Shop Drawings” presented by Ted Katsoris, Principal at Morrison Hershfield, outlined why consultants typically request shop drawings and how these drawings should be outlined in the project manual. The presentation also examined the importance of correctly incorporating the procedural and contractual requirements in the drawings, while highlighting some of the pitfalls that can occur when there are errors and methods to avoid such errors.

“Commercial Space Planning”, presented by Lisa Miller-Way and Shawn Young, provided an overview of primary egress and fire protection requirements, based on the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) and the 2012 Ontario Building Code (OBC). This seminar gave attendees the opportunity to familiarize themselves with common application requirements for multiple tenant floor areas focusing on office occupancies, as well as pertinent definitions of NBC terms.

“DesignEx Ottawa was a great way to get involved within the Ottawa design committee” says Merissa Reed, Interior Designer at TruForm Interiors. “I met a lot of new representatives I had not previously made connections with and enjoyed the partnership with IDC.”

The event concluded with a table-top show where over 30 company representatives showcased their products and networked with local designers. Attendees had the opportunity to explore the space and spend time with each table-top exhibitor and their products while enjoying drinks and canapes. DesignEx Ottawa also featured a prize draw where several lucky attendees won various sponsor prizes including a Nordik Spa getaway and a customized office chair made from recycled materials.

IDC hosts DesignEx events across the country to bring together local designers and industry representatives. Find out about all upcoming events on IDC’s event calendar.

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