Buildings 2.0 Conference


3.13.2019 - 3.14.2019


UI Labs 1415 North Cherry Ave Chicago, IL 60642


Sensor-enabled smart buildings that know when they need cleaning, heating or cooling. Buildings that harness rainwater, use less and recycle more. Resiliency buildings that withstand disaster. Sustainable buildings made completely from environmentally friendly materials. 

The features of Buildings 2.0 are incredible and promising, potentially improving the environment, the longevity of the building, and the lifestyle of the end user. The problem is, they aren’t necessarily easy — or inexpensive — to implement.


Some burning questions remain for businesses:

What are the important emerging technologies disrupting everything? How important is it to put these features into buildings?  How do we pay for it? Who are the major players dominating the market? How do you compete? How do we get our codes and standards in line with these new features? … are just a few of the questions you might have.

Join us as we spend a full day exploring the opportunities of future buildings, and what needs to be done to bring our goals closer to reality.


Brittanie Campbell-Turner

Managing Director, Constructrr

Joe Connell

Executive Director, Building Material Reuse Association

Jared Golden

Co-CEO, Leap

Bassem Hamdy

CEO and Co-Founder, Brickschain

Chris Hasbrook

Vice President, UL LLC

Karl Heitman

AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, President, Heitman Architects Inc.

David Hettinger

Senior Manager, LitCon Group LLC

Geoffrey Kasselman, SIOR, LEED AP

Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Eric Lindquist

President, Adjustable Forms Inc.

Patrick Loughran

Principal - FAIA, PE, LEED AP , Goettsch Partners

Ian McGaw

Vice President of Technology & Innovation, ENGworks

Joe Manganelli

Architect, Fluor

Jeff Morrow

Construction Manager, Lendlease

Matthew Nazarenko

Global Marketing Manager for the Verifi® technology platform, GCP Applied Technologies

Mark Sawalha

Vice President of Distribution & Logistics, BE&K Building Group

Marty Trainor

Vice President of PreConstruction, Ventana DBS

Aaron Tucker

Chief Investment Officer, Tucker Development


Real Estate Executives and Owners.

You’re in charge of the maintenance and operations of buildings, as well as the final decision maker of investing in new technology, so understanding the full landscape of industry trends, evolving standards, and end-user needs is crucial.

Architects, Engineers, and Construction Professionals.

As a professional in charge of executing on the end product, you are greatly impacted by the reality of how to implement the changes to our buildings and building systems.

Technology/Software/Data/ioT professionals.

As a leader in the creation of technology products that impact our buildings, you must find creative ways to integrate your solution into the world’s buildings and make connections that help grow your product’s awareness.


Stay tuned for agenda updates!

Day 1 Schedule


Opening Remarks

1:10pm – 1:40pm

Keynote: The Changing World of Distribution

Geoffrey Kasselman, SIOR, LEED AP, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

From more efficient logistics to limited location and design, we will take a look at the factors that are affecting the supply chain as well as how we ship, store, and transport within the world of high performance distribution centers.

1:45pm – 2:15pm

Panel: Diving Into Distribution

How can we prepare ourselves for some of the biggest challenges and take advantage of new opportunities in the world of distribution? As the industry evolves, we will sit down with leaders to discuss the newest innovations and trends that are saving capital, reducing risk, and increasing performance.

2:20pm – 2:40pm

Networking Break

2:45pm – 3:15pm

Fireside Chat: Multifamily Ventures


Panel: The Future of Multifamily Real Estate

3:55pm – 4:25pm

Panel: Revisiting Retail

From digital brand awareness and pop-up shops to experiential showrooms and megadevelopments, the landscape of retail is continuing to transform. As these changes are driving sales in new ways, we will revisit some of the newest trends with industry experts who are at the forefront of the future of retail.


Open Networking

5pm – 7:00pm

Buildings 2.0 VIP Kick-Off Reception

Day 2 Schedule


Opening Remarks

Isabel Singer, BuiltWorlds Research Analyst

8:35am – 9:05am

Keynote: Building Where We Stand

As new products crop up in our buildings, how do we ensure the materials we are using are structurally stable, fire safe, and non-toxic to the environment and community? Chris Hasbrook, Vice President & General Manager of the Building & Life Safety Technologies Division at UL will provide insight into the process for vetting and validating new products and materials.

9:10am – 9:40am

Panel: Innovative Materials Strengthening the Core

Everyday we’re discovering new materials that are greener, cheaper, safer, and stronger. In this panel, we will explore the triumphs and challenges of using innovative materials to strengthen the core of our buildings.

9:45am – 10:15am

Fireside Chat: Further Unlocking the Value of the Digital Twin

The value of a BIM model doesn’t end when construction is completed. Learn how a digital twin of your building can streamline operations and maintenance.

10:20am – 10:40am

Networking Break

10:45am – 11:15am

Panel: Advances in The Building Envelope

The building envelope has often been viewed as the building’s protective layer and a critical component to a building’s security and internal environment. As technology advances, we are finding that the building envelope is being used to increase efficiency and control a variety of factors including air quality, lighting, noise, and the overall cost of building maters. In this panel, we will further explore how new approaches are increasing the need for more collaboration among diverse industry stakeholders.

11:20am – 11:55am

Fireside Chat: Blockchain - What Does it Mean for Managing Smart Buildings?

Blockchain is the new hot topic across industries. In this Fireside chat, Brittanie Campbell Turner and Bassem Handy will give an inside look into ways cryptocurrency will impact the way buildings are managed.

12:00pm – 12:45pm


12:50pm -1:30pm

Case Study on High Performance Building

1:40pm – 2:20pm

Breakout Group

2:20pm – 2:50pm

Panel: How The Industry is Getting Smarter About Smart Buildings

Smart buildings are only really intelligent if they are helping push the built environment forward. In this panel, we will see where industry players are finding some of the greatest challenges and opportunities in technology designed to create more resilient, efficient, and smarter buildings.

2:50pm – 3:00pm

Closing Remarks

VIP Kick Off Party

Wednesday March 13 from 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Join us for an intimate evening of drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and networking with Future Workforce speakers, special guests, and BuiltWorlds Standard, Enterprise, and Strategic Members. We keep the guest list small and the drinks cold so you can focus on making the connections that matter. Space is limited and tickets will sell out.

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What's included in the ticket?

Access to all sessions at the conference.
Continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments.
Participation in BuiltWorlds Research-led breakout sessions.
Access to available white papers, speaker presentations (per speaker consent) and event attendee portal.
Invitation to the VIP Kick Off Party (for Standard, Enterprise, and Strategic Members).

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Where should I stay?

All parts of our Buildings 2.0 Conference will take place at UI LAbs. For accommodation, you can find a room in our discounted room block at the Westin Michigan Ave!

How do I book a discounted room?

The Westin Michigan Ave is offering a limited rate for $121 (single) or $131 (double) for the night of Wednesday, March 13. Cutoff date for special rates is Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Online booking forms will be available shortly.

Which airport should I fly into?

O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) are both nearby. Rideshares, taxis, car rentals, and public transit (CTA) are easily accessible from both locations.

How do I access the event?

You will need to check in with BuiltWorlds staff near the UI Labs reception desk.

Is parking available?

Free parking is available onsite on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Where can I get more questions answered?

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