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Tuesday, April 27 + Wednesday, April 28, 2021 (Virtual)

We’re excited to debut the EFA Spring Summit on April 27 & 28. A complement to the upcoming in-person EFA Expo & Conference, this virtual learning experience is focused solely on pandemic response.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to earn up to 4 CEU credits over two days of online education and networking.

Two opportunities to register:

Standalone virtual pass - $129

Access to Spring Summit sessions online in April, including up to 4 AIA-HSW credits (you must attend live to qualify for CEUs).

Add-on to onsite EFA pass - $99 (that's 25% off!)

Access to Spring Summit sessions online in April, including up to 4 AIA-HSW credits (you must attend live to qualify for CEUs). Also includes access to in-person EFA Expo & Conference in August.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

EFA Design Trends Roundtable

Grant Warner, AIA, LEED AP, principal, HKS
Russell Crews, president, CEO, CC Young Senior Living
Jay Weingarten, AIA, WELL AP, partner, RDG Planning & Design
Deanna S. Beins, NHA, administrator, Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center
Christine Soma, principal, architect, Pope Architects
Janet Simpson, regional vice president of network operations, WesleyLife
Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, editor in chief, Environments for Aging (moderator)

In this panel conversation, leaders of senior living design firms and owners/operators will discuss the successful projects they’ve delivered together and how those projects have weathered the past year. Led by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, editor-in-chief of Environments for Aging, this roundtable will explore recent award-winning communities and the care models, resident populations, and programs that their designs support. Additionally, panelists will offer an inside look at how these industry-leading projects responded to COVID-19, identify what design solutions helped navigate the pandemic, and share ideas for how senior living design must evolve. The roundtable will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET; afterwards, attendees will have the opportunity to join a 30-minute Q+A session with the panel in a breakout room.


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Senior Living Design for Infection Prevention and Aesthetics

Keith Stanton, ASID, NCIDQ, CHID, Director of Design Development, Thoma-Holec Design
LuAnn Thoma-Holec, FASID, NCIDQ, CID, Principal, Thoma-Holec Design

This presentation will discuss current trends for interior materials, explore how to remodel for resident safety, and offer suggestions for how to market a senior living community in a post-pandemic world. The discussion will offer design elements that contribute to the basic needs of hospitality, service delivery, life enrichment, and personal care, and will provide examples of where and how infection prevention and control solutions can be installed without compromising design integrity. Presenters will cover materials cleanability, effective spending, and new concepts to safely enrich seniors’ lives via technology and other new best practices.


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Building Assessments and New Approaches in a Post-Pandemic World

Sara Malin, AIA, Principal Architect, Wold Architects and Engineers
Simone Hogan, LICSW, Senior Director for Veterans Healthcare, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Jack Potter, AIA, CSI, Architect, Wold/HFR Design
Judy Eads, RN, Owner, Key Management Associates LLC

As COVID-19 spread throughout the world, the senior living design industry assessed how facilities could prevent and contain infectious diseases. Using industry guidelines and building examples, this panel of experts will discuss how to evaluate existing conditions. They’ll also share experiences gathered from senior living care providers across the U.S. on the solutions that worked well in response to COVID-19, from both a design and operational perspective.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Infection Control Roundtable

Moderator: Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, editor-in-chief, Environments for Aging

Laura Busalacchi, senior director of interior services, Brookdale Senior Living
Joe Martere, regional vice president, healthcare/senior living, Mohawk Group
Hillary DeGroff, associate principal, Perkins Eastman
Stan Gray, senior director of marketing, healthcare and hospitality, Carolina, an OFS Company

Sponsored by:

Join a roundtable of infection control experts to discuss how the product design and specification process has and will continue to evolve in response to COVID-19. Panelists will include representatives from leading manufacturers and vendors serving the senior living design industry who will offer advice to help cut through the current infection control noise. This roundtable moderated by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, editor-in-chief of Environments for Aging, will help attendees better understand the effectiveness of various materials and surfaces; cleaning and maintenance protocols; antimicrobial, antiviral, and other emerging solutions; and more. Questions pre-supplied by attendees will help guide the discussion.

NOTE: The roundtable will be held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET; next, attendees will be broken into product-specific breakout rooms for conversations to be led by each roundtable panelist.


4:15 – 4:45 p.m. EDT

Happy (Half) Hour

Join your senior living colleagues and friends to toast this industry and look toward the brightening future. Expect a few surprises and the chance to win a free pass to EFA Expo & Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., this fall.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for EFA Spring Summit