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Winners of the Spa of the Future Challenge Named; Defiant! Teen Spa Takes Top Place

Posted: July 3, 2012

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Student Team: Andyshea Saberioon, Armaghan Sadegh Begi, Kate Sornson, Na Zhang

Faculty Advisor: Associate Professor, Su Gibson

Partner Architect: Jenna Buell, Designer, HBA Architects

The Concept – ModerNature

ModerNature revolves around the “seven outposts of slow beauty,” from meditation, to self-expression, to “mindful consumption,” and is inspired by the healing Turkish hammam environment. Social interaction is key, as evidenced by the prominent cold and hot lounges (with unique salt walls). Sustainability is also key: from the complex water conservation systems to the recycled building materials. Technology is integrated throughout: from web-based revenue management and booking, to the many iPads for spa-goers to use. A conceptual standout: the focus on employee engagement, with the second floor devoted entirely to employee well-being, and formal staff training ongoing.