Steelcase to Host CEFPI 2010 Conference

Conference to Discuss Changes in Educational Institutions

Grand Rapids, MI – May 6, 2010 – Steelcase, (NYSE:SCS), a global office environments manufacturer, today announced it is the host site for the Council for Education and Facilities Planners International 2010 Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference. Titled “Relearning Learning = Relearning²”, the goal of the two-day conference is to highlight the changing face of learning, demonstrating what learning environments need to be and how to work within them.

Over thirty-five sessions will be scheduled throughout the two-day conference and will cover topics such as teaching, design for learning styles, space planning, sustainable schools, technology and research as they pertain to learning and learning environments. The conference will be held at the Steelcase Learning and Exploration Center at 901 W. 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan and will include optional tours of the facility and the innovative learning environments it offers.

The conference is May 12-13, 2010 and anyone with an interest in the future of education is welcome to register on-site on May 12. Registration costs can be found at: Additionally, for the first time ever virtual conference attendance is available for only $45.00. Visit the CEFPI MWGL Region Conference website at: to register your virtual attendance for the entire first day of the conference. Watch and listen to the plenary and keynote addresses in the morning, a lunch time presentation by Steelcase, and the Open Forum Symposium on the New Learning Environments in the afternoon.

Key note speakers Professor Stephen Heppell, Chair of New Media Environments at Bournemouth University, and Doctor Yong Zhao, a University Distinguished Professor of the College of Education at Michigan State University will be featured at the conference.
“We are so fortunate to have Stephen Heppell and Dr. Yong Zhao with us for this conference as they are internationally recognized leaders in education and learning,” said Theo Pappas, AIA, CEFPI conference chair. “We know that their vision and awareness of what could be and what will be creates a fertile ground for an intelligent discourse and exchange of ideas for realizable solutions in today’s world.”

“We are so thrilled to host this year’s CEFPI Midwest conference,” said Rick Yeates, general manager, Steelcase Education. “The session topics are addressing the issues we are helping educational institutions grapple with throughout the country. We can’t wait to attend the sessions ourselves and learn from educational vanguards like Professor Heppell and Dr. Zhao. The fact that we are hosting this event is truly icing on the cake.”

About Steelcase
Steelcase Inc. helps create great experiences — wherever work happens. Our brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services, inspired by nearly 100 years of insight gained serving the world’s leading organizations. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 650 dealers. We design for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Steelcase is a global, publicly traded company leading our industry with fiscal 2010 revenue of approximately $2.3 billion.

Established in 1921, CEFPI, or Council for Educational Facility Planners International, is a worldwide professional non-profit association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn. They are the primary advocate and resource for effective educational facilities and believe that facilities impact the learning, development and behavior of the facility user; the planning process is essential for quality facilities, sharing; and networking improves the planning process.

Jeanine Holquist