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The Buildings Conference 2022
When5.17.2022 - 5.19.2022
2022 Buildings Conference
We want more out of our Buildings than ever: cost, speed to market, sustainability, agility, user experience, wellness, and more. Effective leverage of emerging technology and innovation in the planning process, selection of buildings materials and systems, and the operation and maintenance of buildings is critical to our ability to achieve these combined goals. The Buildings Conference is the place where the industry’s leading professionals come together to discuss exactly how.
Pre-Conference Events: May 17th, 2022
The following pre-conference events will take place on May 17th and are available to conference attendees and Builtworlds members:
- Chicago Forum Meeting
- Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm CST
- Location: BuiltWorlds HQ – 515 N. State St. Chicago, IL – 2nd Floor
- Click Here to Learn More & Register
- BuiltWorlds Demo Day
- Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm CST
- Location: BuiltWorlds HQ – 515 N. State St. Chicago, IL – 2nd Floor (will also be livestreamed)
- Details: Members of the Venture Forum and E&C Forums are welcome to attend this event.
- Demo Day Presenters:
- Sheila Matuscak – CoeoSpace
- Josh Engelbrecht – ToolBelt
- Curtis Wong – Cloud Apartments
- Hamid Hajian – Zebel
- Gene Eidelman – Azure Printed Homes
- Bruce Kraslesky – Xhab3d
- Brian Ahmes – Paraffin
- Demo Day Presenters:
- BuiltWorlds E&C Technology Adoption Leaders Forum
- Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
- Location: ARCO/Murray – 113 N May St, Chicago, IL 60607
Also Streaming On-line
- Registration: Attend On-Line | Attend In-Person
Access to this forum is limited to leaders of technology initiatives at Engineering, Specialty Trade and General Contractor companies. This private forum meets monthly to improve construction project delivery inefficiencies through the adoption of emerging technologies while sharing operational best practices while leveraging primary research and analytics from Builtworlds. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and ways to join!
- BuiltWorlds Business Venture Forum Meeting
- Time: 4:00 – 5:30pm (In-Person)
- Host: Thornton Tomasetti
- BVF Reception: 6:00pm – 7:00pm Tour of Chicago Architectural Center 111 E. Wacker, Chicago, IL
- 7:00pm – 9:00pm Reception concludes at Londonhouse Chicago 85 E. Wacker, Chicago, IL
Post-Conference Event: May 19th
- Networking Reception in Sloan Showroom
- Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
- Location: Sloan Showroom – 333 N. Green St. Chicago 60607
- About the Event: Guests of the Buildings Conference are welcome to attend our post-event networking session located in the same building as the conference in the Sloan Showroom to hear an overview of how Sloan has been working towards reducing water waste and increasing sustainability. Drinks & appetizers will be included. Representatives from Gensler will be on site to give tours of 333 N. Green St. Chicago, IL.
Agenda For General Sessions on May 18 and 19
For the Conference General Sessions on May 18th and 19th, we move from the BuiltWorlds Headquarters on the 17th to the Convene Conference Center at 333 N Green.
Day 1 Schedule
Keynote: Understanding the “S” in ESG
While sustainability and environmental considerations have come to the forefront of the built environment, Paige Pitcher, head of strategic partnerships at Moderne Venture, looks to the future of ESG with a focus on social responsibility as our keynote speaker. These practices have historically been difficult to analyze. With new regulations and increased demands from investors, occupants, and the community, the "S" in ESG will no doubt become a more prominent theme in the coming years for the building ecosystem. Pitcher has been at the forefront of early investment opportunities influencing the real estate industry.
Paige Pitcher, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Moderne Ventures
Solar Powering Innovation
The city of Chicago picked a venture between Related Midwest and 548 Development for a $38 million project in North Lawndale. The 300,000-square-foot industrial complex will also include a two-building North Lawndale Innovation Center with retail and office uses, as well as a park. The project is Related Midwest’s first industrial development. The development will have two solar-powered, 150,000-square-foot warehouses on either side of the rail line. Related and 548’s proposal won out over seven other bids, including one from the Chicago Cubs and Pritzker Realty Group, which wanted to build an industrial building and a Cubs Urban Youth Academy campus with playing fields on another part of the site. We will examine the winning proposal that is set to break ground soon.
Eveart Foster, Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds
AJ Patton, CEO, 548 Capital
Michael Scott, Alderman 24th Ward, City of Chicago
Don Biernacki, EVP, Construction, Related Midwest
Smarter Management and Maintenance for Efficiency and Sustainability
IOT and other technology advances are enabling us to be smarter about how we maintain our buildings, identifying issues sooner, getting the right data to the right people, and making repairs before problems escalate. Companies are embedding solutions in roofing, planning more frequent and cost effective inspections, and synthesizing data from building operations to help them meet ESG objectives.
Karen Weigert, Director, Loyola University Chicago
Ger Shortt, CEO, Aquatrace
Cleve Adams, CEO, Aquicore
Neil Ross, Director of Technical Strategy, Schneider Electric
New Tools for Planning Better Buildings Panel: Architect, Design, and Construction Perspectives
New tools expedite planning smarter, more efficient buildings, but the implementation of those tools from the architect’s or developer’s vision to actual construction worksites can be challenging and lead to a loss on investment in the technology. This panel offers a rare, cross-disciplinary look into innovations in tools and their implementations for building planning with perspectives spanning from architects, designers, and construction leaders, to highlight the benefits and challenges of using emerging tools.
Eric Whobrey, Director of Innovation, ARCO/Murray
Andrew Petty, Firm BIM Leader, CannonDesign
Christopher Sharples, Founding Principal, SHoP Architects
Charles Portelli, Vice President Application Developer, Thornton Tomasetti
Jackie Arcy, Director of Design, ARCO/Murray
How Sustainability and ESG Priorities are Changing the Way We Develop and Design our Buildings
This panel aims to highlight how the increased prioritization of sustainability and broder ESG considerations is influencing the way professionals and technologists are approaching building projects. Experts featured on this panel are focused on bringing new tools to building design and development. This panel will highlight the potential returns that come from viewing emerging ESG technology not only as the new normal, but as an advantage for their clients and the built industry as a whole.
Christopher Hoyes, Principal, Roland Berger
Susan Heinking, VP - High Performance & Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction
Kathleen Egan, CEO, Ecomedes
Ryan Spies, VP of Sustainability, Clayco
Cara Kennedy, Vice President, Sustainability, Jones Lang LaSalle
Leveraging Technology to Address Water Quality and Waste
Water quality is going to be one of the largest societal challenges that we will face this century. The building industry is rapidly evolving to meet that challenge with new technologies that address the growing concerns of water scarcity and quality control, while improving the health and wellness of people inside the buildings. This panel will address topics of water management that deal with this issue proactively and efficiently.
Alaina Harkness, Executive Director, Current Water Accelerator
Parthiv Amin, Chief, Sales & Marketing Office, Sloan
Thru Shivakumar, CEO & Co-Founder, Cohesion
Jamail Carter, Co-Fouder, Varuna
Emerging Technology Showcase - New tools for Planning, Developing, and Designing Better Buildings
With the immense growth we are seeing in technologies focused on smarter building planning and design, it can be hard to keep track of the emerging tools and products the industry is implementing. This panel highlights some of the latest advancements like VDC, BIM and fabrication, throughout the entire pre-construction and maintenance process.
Chris Diiorio, CEO, ENGworks
John Niles, Technology Consultant, GAFCON
Britton Langdon, CEO, MSuite
Mani Golparvar, CTO, Reconstruct
Natalie Goodman, Founder, IncentiFind, Inc.
How innovation in Building Materials and Systems is changing our Buildings
This panel looks to expand the conversation about how innovation in technology and techniques is changing building materials and systems on a broad basis. Emerging technology and innovative approaches to the process are resulting in more sustainable building projects and potentially influencing the materials going into buildings.
Dave Hettinger, Founder & Principal, Entropy
Andrew Staniforth, CEO, Assembly OSM
Dwight Stewart, Founder & CEO, Igor
Developing Smart Building Products and Getting them to Market
The definition of a “smart” building can be vague, but there’s no denying that the adoption of newly developed products, systems, and other technologies are optimizing building operation, maintenance, and performance. This discussion will showcase a variety of perspectives on taking smarter building products to market effectively.
Andrew Phipps, Global Head of ESG Insight and Global Futurist, Cushman & Wakefield
Heather Widman, Partner, Building Ventures
Jason Blumberg, Managing Director, Energy Foundry
Building Tech Top 50 Recognition
This session will highlight some of the leading companies in the landscape of the smart building, with each offering innovative solutions in the areas of asset management, high-performance materials, HVAC and energy systems, interiors, lighting, mobility, real estate tech, tenant services, and modular systems. From connected sensors to analytics platforms, solar panels, smart lights, modular furniture, and more, these 50 companies are pushing the boundaries of how buildings are designed, built, operated, and maintained.
Day 2 Schedule
Breakfast & Networking
User Experience, Safety, and Community
Predictive maintenance systems, digital twins, and other innovative technologies are optimizing the operations and maintenance of our buildings, making them smarter and more interconnected than ever. We'll discuss the key indicators for building-operational excellence, data collection and subsequent analysis, and the actionable insights that can be provided.
Alex Harris, Director of Marketing, BuiltWorlds
Carter Kennedy, CEO, SoloInsight
Jared Golden, Co-CEO, Leap
Kelsey Haden, Director - Real Estate Growth, Alfred
Supply Chain In Crisis
With historic materials pricing increases and lead times, the crisis in the industry's materials supply chain may be the "elephant in the room" when we talk about innovating newer and better buildings. This panel will discuss the effects of the disruption on the industry and the possible impact on the industry's innovation efforts.
Tyler Sewall, Director of Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds
Brian Gallagher, Vice President of Corporate Development, Graycor
Ashley Boeckholt, CRO & Co-Founder, MaterialsXchange
Paul De Santis, Partner, Goettsch Partners
Energy Revolution: The Chicago Architecture Center Shares Insights from Their Groundbreaking New Exhibit About Energy Transition in Buildings
Representatives from The Chicago Architecture Center join our 2022 Buildings Conference to discuss emerging carbon-free and energy efficient technology in buildings, featuring insights from the CAC’s new exhibit Energy Revolution. The exhibit, hosted in the Skyscraper Gallery, highlights technologies like planning tools and building material alternatives that are enabling the energy transition to a carbon-free future in urban environments like Chicago.
Ian Spula, Content Manager, Chicago Architecture Center
Patricia Reiter, Principal, Reiter Studios
Facilities Management and Maintenance Technology Trends
Facility management and maintenance trends have been at the cutting edge of building innovation and efficiency for the past decade. As the industry continues to progress, innovative leaders are now grappling with data management and effective connectivity of assets to IoT while also navigating the market in a digital transformation. This panel will give insight into the current trends and how businesses are embracing the future of building maintenance.
Eveart Foster, Director - Technology Adoption, BuiltWorlds
Josh Lowe, Co-Founder, AkitaBox
Zak Schwarzman, General Partner, Metaprop NYC
Doug Houseman, Principal, Burns & McDonnel
Modularization, Prefabrication, and Their impact on our Buildings.
Innovation in modularization and prefabrication are some of the most potentially significant trends in building efficiency. Implementation of these technologies offer the built environment
a huge potential reduction in waste, time and money in building design management systems and technology trends within the topic. This discussion covering modularization, prefabrication, and the impact on buildings, will highlight the status of growth efforts in this important segment of the Built World ecosystem.
Sheeba Ramaji, Director, Innovation Research, MiTek
Jim Dunn, President, Stack Modular
Tim Swanson, Founder & CEO, Inherent L3
Michael Palmer, Head of Strategy & Real Estate, Volumetric Building Companies
Alexey Dubov, Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Mighty Buildings
Post Conference Reception at Sloan
Join us after the Buildings Conference for a reception in the Sloan Showroom at 333 N. Green St. Chicago, IL (same building as conference location) to hear about Sloan has been working to reduce water waste and increase sustainability. Representative from Gensler will also be on site to deliver tours of the building. Drinks & food included - all conference guests are welcome.
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