Knoll and Architecture Firm HOK to Present New Study on the Defense Industry at Washington D.C. Seminar

The two companies partnered to study the trends and challenges found in the contemporary defense workplace

Knoll Inc., a constellation of design-drive brands and people, and HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm, will host a research review and panel discussion that explores the workplace in the Defense Industry. To capture what is affecting defense contractors today, HOK and Knoll partnered to study the trends driving the modern-day defense workplace. The team surveyed corporate real estate leaders from major defense contractors and reviewed design guidelines developed for various clients over the past five years. Their research, compiled in a white paper titled Flexibility for Volatility – Building a High-Performance Defense Workplace, provides planning strategies for defense companies to consider within their workplaces.

The panel, moderated by Kay Sargent, HOK director of workplace, and Kimberly Smith, Knoll senior director of workplace strategy, will discuss trends impacting the industry and brainstorm solutions that respond to the challenges facing the contemporary defense workplaces. Knoll and HOK have invited a panel of experts to share their experiences and best practices. Panelists include: Charlie Spencer, Director, Real Estate & Facilities, Engility; Carole Horne, Director of Corporate Real Estate, The MITRE Corporation; and Dave Funaro, Real Estate Manager, SAIC.

The Defense Industry Research Event will begin at 8:00 AM on the morning of Tuesday, November 14th and is scheduled to end at 10:00 AM. The event will take place at the Knoll Washington D.C. Showroom on 1050 K Street NW, 2nd floor. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to by November 13, 2017.

About Knoll

Knoll, Inc. is a constellation of design-driven brands and people, working together with our clients to create inspired modern interiors. Our internationally recognized portfolio includes furniture, textiles, leathers, accessories, and architectural and acoustical elements brands. These brands — Knoll Office, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, KnollExtra, Spinneybeck | FilzFelt, Edelman Leather, HOLLY HUNT, and DatesWeiser — reflect our commitment to modern design that meets the diverse requirements of high performance workplaces and luxury interiors. A recipient of the National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement from the Smithsonian`s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Knoll, Inc. is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Canadian Green Building Council and can help organizations achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workplace certification. Knoll, Inc. is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

About HOK

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. The company’s mission is to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions through the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science and art. Design solutions result from a collaborative process that encourages multidisciplinary teams to research alternatives, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment.