CASH 40th Annual Conference: NextGen Experience Designed by WLC Architects

CASH 40th Annual Conference Exhibition

NextGen Experience designed by WLC Architects


WLC Architects, Inc. is honored to design and present the NextGen Experience at the 40th Annual Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Conference in Sacramento, California.  The NextGen Experience is an interactive educational showcase and simulated classroom space featured in the CASH 40th Annual Conference Trade Show. This learning space is designed with the latest innovations in classroom interiors. Attendees are encouraged to try products and services connected with industry experts. The NextGen Experience is open at all times during the Trade Show.


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Exhibit:  NextGen Experience

Schedule: 

  • Monday, February 25th, 2019 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:  Sacramento Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A/B


Designers Candace Luckett and Daniela Martinez lay out carpet samples during flooring design.

Designers Candace Luckett and Daniela Martinez lay out carpet samples during flooring design.


What is the goal of the NextGen Experience?

Candace Luckett, Designer: "The NextGen Experience creates a real-life application of collaborative learning environments, using the latest products and technology available. This year's exhibit layout represents a classroom wing that provides shared and flexible spaces for learning and collaboration.  The ability to transform a classroom to a completely different layout - in a matter of minutes -  gives educators the flexibility needed in a dynamic learning environment." 

Daniela Hernandez, Designer: “We wanted educators to see the unique possibilities that come with combining classrooms together, having a connection to the outdoors, and the ability to create different breakout spaces for groups of any size.  Even utilizing the corridor space into an educational mall for learning is a possibility that we purposefully incorporated into this year's design." 



The Next Generation Learning Spaces identified within the exhibit can allow students to learn and interact with their peers in a more synergistic and comfortable way that has been proven to lead to greater student success worldwide.
— Mark Graham

What was the team’s thought process behind designing this unique exhibit space?  What themes did you want your audience to experience? 

Candace Luckett, Designer: “Overall, we focused on activating the spaces and building relationships between different sections of the learning environment.  The deliberate use of colors and patterns creates different types of learning atmospheres.  The use of blue and grey colors designates areas where students will need to maintain focus and relax, using pattern to help activate these spaces. Using red and grey colors in maker spaces and flexible open areas encourages activities that are more interactive and hands-on. All the colors and patterns combine in the Educational Mall, creating an active and colorful learning environment in which all kinds of collaborative activities can happen.” 

Daniela Hernandez, Designer: “With the increased use of technology within the classroom setting, there has been a shift in the way students interact with each other.  Our goal was to also create a space where student engagement was a top priority.  Adding appropriate technology, using movable marker boards for partitions, and creating spaces for collaboration all work together in creating a space to build social skills, communicate, and exchange knowledge between students.  We wanted our educators and our students to be able to think outside of the box and consider approaching learning and collaboration in a new way.” 

The WLC Design Team on one of the many dozen conference calls with the NextGen Space collaborators.

The WLC Design Team on one of the many dozen conference calls with the NextGen Space collaborators.

Mark Graham, Principal Architect: “The Next Generation Learning Spaces identified within the exhibit can allow students to learn and interact with their peers in a more synergistic and comfortable way that has been proven to lead to greater student success worldwide.”


WLC Architects, Inc. is honored to participate in the design and coordination of the 2019 NextGen Experience.  Special thanks to Mark Graham (Principal Architect), Daniela Hernandez (Designer), and Candace Luckett (Designer) from the WLC Design Team for their dedication and passion for this project.  Special thanks also to Michael Cardin (Graphic Artist) and Michael Isidro (Director of Marketing) from WLC for supporting the Design Team's vision for the NextGen Experience.


Be sure to visit the 2019 NextGen Experience!  Our architects and designers will be available at the exhibit to share feedback and answer questions about your experience.  

And after your visit to the NextGen Experience, be sure to visit WLC Architects' Booth in the Exhibit Hall - #938 - for more information on the Next Generation of Learning Spaces for your school.


Exhibit:  NextGen Experience

Schedule: 

  • Monday, February 25th, 2019 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:  Sacramento Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A/B