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Buildings 2.0 Conference


3.13.2019 - 3.14.2019


UI Labs 1415 North Cherry Ave Chicago, IL 60642


Join us to explore the intelligence of
high performance buildings.

From distribution centers, to offices, to residential homes, emerging technology will impact the future of all.

  • There are sensors that collect usage data to better utilize space. 
  • There are new building materials that improve the carbon footprint of office buildings.
  • There are investments being made to bolster these advancements and move us one step further into the future of buildings.
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.

Venue Details | Day 1 & 2 (March 13 – 14)


Day 1 | The Anatomy of High Performance Buildings

March 13, 2019
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: UI Labs | 1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Networking Reception

March 13, 2019
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: UI Labs | 1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Day 2 | The Anatomy of High Performance Buildings

March 14, 2019
8:30am – 3:30pm
Location: UI Labs | 1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

See below for full agenda & session details.


Heidi Azulay

Partner, DLA Piper

Steve Boyack

CEO, CA Management Services

Brittanie Campbell-Turner

Managing Director

Jake Fansler

Research Analyst

Matt Gagne

Research Manager, BuiltWorlds

Jared Golden

Co-CEO, Leap

Steve Gonzalez

Director of Major Projects, Americas, KONE

Bassem Hamdy

CEO, briq

Chris Hasbrook

Vice President, UL

David Hettinger

Founder + Principal, Entropy

Shawn Hill

Partner, Moderne Ventures

Andrew Hochberg

CEO, Next Realty

Mehdi Jalayerian

Managing Director/Chief of Innovation, Environmental Systems Design Inc.

Geoffrey Kasselman, SIOR, LEED AP

Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Cutler Knupp

Director - Strategy and Technology Investment, Haskell

Jim Lichtenwalter

Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

Eric Lindquist

President, Adjustable Concrete Construction

Patrick Loughran

Principal - FAIA, PE, LEED AP, Goettsch Partners

Ian McGaw

Vice President of Technology and Innovation, ENGworks

Joe Manganelli

Architect, Fluor

Matthew Nazarenko

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

Erik Nieves

CEO, Plus One Robotics

James Segil

President & Co-Founder, Openpath

Robert Sinn

Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Marty Trainor

Vice President of PreConstruction, Ventana DBS LLC

Mike Travalini

President, Residential Services, SMS Assist

Aaron Tucker

Chief Investment Officer, Tucker Development

Peter Weismantle

Director of Supertall Building Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill



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.


Day 1 Schedule


Opening Remarks

Matt Gray, Founder, BuiltWorlds

Keynote Sponsor: Openpath

James Segil, President & Co-Founder, OpenPath

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: New Horizons in Distribution

Karl Heitman, President, Heitman Architects // Erik Neives, CEO, Plus One Robotics // Cutler Knupp, Director of Strategy & Technology Investment, Haskell

The age of Amazon is upon us. With the click of a button, nearly anything can be delivered directly to our doorstep, inconveniencing us only to shuffle to the door and pick up the package. In this panel, we’ll examine the ways we can prepare ourselves for some of the biggest challenges the industry is facing, and take advantage of new opportunities in the world of distribution. As the distribution and retail evolve, 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: Moderne Ventures’ Shawn Hill talks changes in residential

Shawn Hill, Partner, Moderne Ventures

BuiltWorlds Research Manager, Matt Gagne sits down with Shawn Hill, Partner at Moderne Ventures, to discuss what the investment company is seeing in the residential space. With numerous investments in residential tech companies, Moderne has firmly established itself as one of the most prolific players in this segment of the built industry. Their investments range from in-home tech support to pet concierge, and Moderne has put money in exciting companies such as Homesnap, Homebot, and Hippo.


Panel: How Emerging Tech is Changing Multi-Family Real Estate

Heidi Azulay, Partner, DLA Piper // Mike Travalini, President of Residential Services, SMS Assist // Steve Boyack, CEO, CA Management Services

The way we live is changing. New building products are shifting the very fabric of home life and transforming our houses and apartments into connected, smart dwellings. In this panel, we’ll hear from a developer, a contractor, and a lawyer, who will walk us through what goes into building smart homes, and how emerging technology is changing the development process, and what the future holds.

3:55pm – 4:25pm

Panel: Why Consumers Want Experiential Retail

Jared Golden, Co-CEO, Leap // Aaron Tucker, Chief Investment Officer, Tucker Development // Andy Hochberg, Managing Principal & CEO, Next Reality

The landscape of retail as we know it is changing. Brick and mortar stores that were once fixtures of every mall and shopping venue are shuttering locations. The needs and demands of retail customers are shifting. They don’t necessarily want just a place where they can buy a beer or a pair of jeans, now they also want experiences. In this panel, we’ll sit down with Jared Golden, Co-CEO of Leap; Aaron Tucker, CIO of Tucker Development; and Andy Hochberg, Managing Principal & CEO of Next Reality to get their thoughts on the ever-shifting world of retail. What does the future hold, and how can companies successfully adapt in the age of Amazon?


Open Networking

5:00 pm – 7:00pm

Buildings 2.0 VIP Kick-Off Reception - Honoring Buildings Tech 50

Judges:Jake Pepper, VP of Integrated Construction, Pepper Construction // Kurt Karnatz, President, ESD // Oliver Baumann, President, Baumann Consulting // Aaron Toppston, Senior Development Manager, The Walsh Group // Kirk Chamberlain, Executive Vice President, Hub International // Erin Grossi, Managing Director, Digital Strategy & Innovation, Accenture

Join us as we honor the winners of BuiltWorlds' Building Tech 50! Each winner is selected by category and judged by our expert panel of community members.

Day 2 Schedule


Opening Remarks

Matt Gray, Founder, BuiltWorlds

8:35am – 9:05am

Keynote: Building Where We Stand

Chris Hasbrook, Vice President, UL

We are always trying out new materials to build our buildings with new materials and methods. How do we ensure these materials 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

Eric Lindquist, PE, LEED AP President, Adjustable Forms Inc. // Matthew Nazarenko, Global Marketing Manager, GCP Applied Technologies

A building’s core is one of the most essential parts of the structure. Construct it incorrectly or with the wrong materials, and you’ve got a disaster on your hands. More and more, we are seeing new materials being used to build better, stronger cores. We’ll sit down with Adjustable Forms Inc.’s Eric Lindquist and GCP Applied Technologies’ Matthew Mazarenko to discuss the newest advancements in building cores, along with the materials that are being used to great success.

9:45am – 10:15am

Fireside Chat: Unlocking the Value of the Digital Twin

Ian McGaw, Vice President, ENGworks

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: Bolstering the Building Envelope

Marty Trainor, Vice President of PreConstruction, Ventana DBS // Laura Dywer Global Innovation Leader, DuPont, Performance Building Solutions // Matthew Dealy, Business Development Manager, SFS

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 materials. In this panel, we’ll touch base with Marty Trainor of Ventana DBS, Laura Dwyer of DuPont Performance Building Solutions, and Matthew Dealy of SFS to further explore how new approaches are increasing the need for more collaboration among diverse industry stakeholders.

11:20am – 11:55am

Fireside Chat: How Blockchain is Streamlining the Management of Smart Buildings

Brittanie Campbell Turner, Managing Director, Constructrr // Bassem Hamdy, CEO and Co-Founder, Brickchain

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

Panel: Case Study on High Performance Buildings

Mehdi Jalayerian, Managing Director, ESD // Peter Weismantle, Director - Supertall Building Technology, AS+GG // Robert Sinn, Principal & Lead Structural Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti // Steve Gonzalez, Director - Major Projects Unit; Americas, KONE

Set to finish construction in later this year, the Jeddah Tower is poised to be the largest building in the world. At a staggering 3,280 feet, the building is only the latest example of mankind’s fascination of climbing as high as possible. To ensure such a structure operates correctly and safely, there are a lot of interconnected systems and construction techniques that go into such a project. We’ll speak to just a few of professionals who helped make the Jeddah Tower a reality: ESD’s Mehdi Jalayerian, AS+GG’s Peter Weismantle, Thornton Tomasetti’s Robert Sinn, and KONE’s Steve Gonzalez.

1:40pm – 2:20pm

Breakout Group

1. Building Systems Interoperability
2. Smart Sustainability - The connections between smart buildings and sustainability.
3. Advances in Buildings Materials - Concrete, Steel, Wood, Glass all experiencing advances
4. The Digital Twin and the Full Life Cycle of Buildings

2:20pm – 2:50pm

Panel: How The Industry is Getting Smarter About Smart Buildings

Patrick Loughran, Principal, Goettsch // Dave Hettinger, Senior Manager, LitCon Group LLC // Joe Manganelli, Architect, Fluor Corporation

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

Matt Gray, Founder, BuiltWorlds

VIP Kick Off Party

Wednesday March 13 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: UI Labs 1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Join us for an intimate evening of drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and networking with speakers, special guests, and BuiltWorlds 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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Access to all sessions at the conference.
Continental breakfast, lunch, and all-day refreshments.
Participation in BuiltWorlds Research-led breakout sessions.
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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. Reserve your discounted room using this form.

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?

We’re happy to help you! Please contact our Events Coordinator, Alex Maksymec, at events@builtworlds.com for any and all questions!