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IMC’s SOURCE Event Offers Design CEUs

International Market Centers (IMC) presents SOURCE, a day-long program of education, networking and sourcing for designers on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The March gathering is the first of four planned for 2020 when attendees will have the opportunity to earn CEUs as approved by the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for seven different accrediting design organizations.

“We greatly value the American design societies and are proud to work with them to continue to develop the talents of our local design community,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and digital officer. “SOURCE is a resource for education, networking and discovery, and this program allows us to further support designers as they grow their practices.”

The six SOURCE educational sessions are offered in select showrooms at multiple times throughout the day so designers can attend the programs that best meet their needs. Additionally, attendees will have networking opportunities during a complimentary lunch and happy hours at the conclusion of the programming. As an added benefit, designers can source and shop from some of AmericasMart’s 400+ Open Year Round showrooms.

The sessions are:

Gender-Neutral Design in Public Bathrooms      

Presented by David Gunter of Stover Sales & Associates

9:30 – 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.; 2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

1 CEU Accepted by AIA, ASID, HSW

Inclusive design is a win-win for customers and businesses. It helps the business take on a social responsibility. This CEU will also cover the two new codes that will be implemented into International Building Code and International Plumbing code.

The Sitting Experience

Presented by Douglas Westhoven of Joel Robinson + Associates

9:30 – 11 a.m.; 2:45 – 4:15 p.m.       

1 CEU Accepted by AIA, ASID, IDS, IIDA, LEED

This course will help designers to specify seating and chairs to better help clients choose the best sitting experience possible for their employees.

Why OUT is IN

Presented by Joel Robinson of Joel Robinson + Associates

11 – 12:30 p.m.; 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.


This CEU will educate specifiers on the evolution of outdoor spaces across a variety of vertical markets, exploring the importance of connection to nature for health and well-being. It will look at inspiring ways to incorporate smart material choices as well as innovative design ideas that will draw people to the exterior spaces that help them feel most engaged and connected to nature and each other.

Wellness Works

Presented by Alan Fennell

9:30 – 11 a.m.; 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

1 CEU Accepted by ASID, HSW, IIDA

This CEU demonstrates the Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) components by addressing how to harness the power of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in corporate, hospitality, learning and healing markets.

Meeting the Challenge: Custom LED Lighting Solutions

Presented by Karen Clegg of Hubbardton Forge

9:30 – 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.; 2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

1 CEU Accepted by ASID, HSW, IDS, IIDA

Today’s LED technology opens up possibilities for lighting design that were inconceivable just a few years ago. This course describes the features and benefits of current LED technology, how understanding the light spectrum and color metrics leads to better lighting design, and how to specify a custom LED illumination plan that meets design needs for residential, hospitality and commercial interior projects.

Workplace Acoustics          

Presented by Amanda Ward

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.; 2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

1 CEU Accepted by AIA, IIDA           

Workspace noise privacy limitations can cause stress and negatively impact productivity. This course discusses the importance of incorporating sound absorption, sound masking solutions, and space division into design without impairing the open-space vision.

SOURCE is open to all designers, specifiers and retailers. It is presented quarterly at AmericasMart. There is no cost to attend. Registration is available now at

SOURCE takes place as part of AmericasMart’s Open Year Round programming. Between the summer and winter Atlanta Markets, 400+ showrooms presenting nearly 2,000 home décor, gift and apparel lines are open to the trade. The newly remerchandised home décor collection features 130+ showrooms on five contiguous floors plus welcoming amenities including the Designer Workspace, a resource library, design concierge service and monthly educational and networking events.

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