Facility Tours

Facility tours offer an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at ergonomics in action at various facilities in a variety of industries. An additional fee is required for each tour to participate.

Facility Tours will depart from the Coronado Springs Convention Center Porte Cochere. Please arrive 15 minutes before tour departure.

Kennedy Space Center Tour
Kennedy Space Center, FL

Monday, March 27
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Go behind the scenes at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), America’s gateway to space for more than 50 years. Tour participants will see the new umbilical launcher platform that will be used to support the Space Launch System (SLS), historic launch pads and the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building where the Saturn V moon rockets and space shuttles were stacked and prepared for launch. As will be the next crewed space program, the Orion capsule aboard the SLS and NASA’s 8-tracked crawler transporter that will carry the vehicle to the launch pad.

You’ll see the newly renamed Neil Armstrong Operations & Checkout Building, where astronaut crews spent the final days before their flights and departed for the launch pads aboard the Astrovan. In addition to a general tour of the site, your hosts will highlight ergonomics related activities at various facilities.

Tour details are subject to change based on launch schedules and site activities. For more information about the Kennedy Space Center, please click here.

Tour Restrictions:

  • This tour is limited to conference attendees who are US citizens.
  • A government issued photo ID is required and there is a registration cutoff two weeks prior to the tour.
  • Bags and carry items may be searched and no photography is allowed.
  • Participants must wear flat, closed toe and closed heel shoes.
  • Full-length trousers or slacks are required.
  • Tank tops, mesh shirts, dresses, skirts, and/or shorts are prohibited.
  • No Firearms, pepper/mace sprays, knives or sharp items are allowed.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • All bags, purses and other items will be opened and inspected at the Visitors Complex.
  • The tour route is handicap accessible. 



Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Orlando, FL

Thursday, March 30
1:45 – 5 p.m.

Tour attendees will visit the Orlando VA Medical Center and view the safe patient handling and mobility Program, which includes safe patient handling and mobility equipment such as: Ceiling lifts, floor based Lifts, air assisted lateral transfer devices, Stryker powered stretchers, Hovermatt / Hoverjack, powered wheelchair movers, Carendo shower chairs, Lift Seat, Evaculseds, Guldmann ceiling lift with body scoop (morgue), as well as the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Education Classroom and Skill lab.

Attendees will also get to see the new state of the art VA Medical Center and Community Living Center as well as an overview of the medical center layout and design, and visit a “non- operational” hospital inpatient setting if available.

Tour restrictions:  

  • ID such as driver’s license or military ID required
  • No firearms, knives etc.
  • No photography or video recording during the tour
  • Considerable walking distance, comfortable shoes and clothing should be worn Shoes cannot be open-toe style, but tennis shoes are allowed.