Buildings Conference


3.4.2020 - 3.5.2020


The Westin River North 320 N Dearborn Chicago, IL 60654

BuiltWorlds Buildings Conference is all about creating the next generation of buildings. We’ll learn how emerging technologies are pushing smart buildings to think smarter, be more resilient to withstand disaster, and harness rainwater to use less and recycle more. 

These are just some of the examples of how AI., robotics, IoT, and other emerging technologies have infiltrated our buildings. Features like these offer promising potential to improve the environment, the longevity of the building, and the lifestyle of the end-user. 

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. 

“The BuiltWorlds conference though small in number was composed of a high density of quality people with knowledge, people with capital, and people seeking capital with good companies. As such, it was one of the most valuable conferences that I have ever attended. Given the recent emergence of PropTech and Building Tech and the value to be derived from bringing buildings from the analog to the digital world, anyone with a position in this space will find it extremely valuable.” – Tristan de Frondeville,  SkyCentrics

Further speakers and details to be announced soon.

Laura Dwyer

Global Strategy Leader, DuPont Performance Building Solutions

Terry Rosenstiel

Director, Partnerships & Innovation Pipeline, USG

Joe Dardis

Structural Steel Specialist - Chicago, American Institute of Steel Construction

Heather Kossila

BIM Manager, Kraus-Anderson Companies

Karen Weigert

Vice President, Slipstream

Rob Dodd

Executive Vice President of Operations, Nabholz

Keith Stewart

Chief Growth Officer, K4Connect

Kurt Karnatz

President, ESD - Environmental Systems Design

Thrupti Shivakumar

CEO & Co-Founder, cohesion

Ben Price

NOVA External Ventures, Saint Gobain

John Tough

Managing Partner, Energize Ventures

Christopher Minerva

Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Russell Klapperich

Risk Engineer, AXA XL


More speakers to be announced.

Day 1 Schedule

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Panel: Innovations in Building Materials

Joe Dardis, Structural Steel Specialist, AISC | Rob Dodd, Executive Vice President of Operations, Nabholz | Christopher Minerva, Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

Panel: Developing Standards for Building Materials & Practices

3:20 PM – 3:50 PM

Networking Break

3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

Quality Assurance

4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

Innovation Leaders

Laura Dwyer, Global Strategy Leader, DuPont Performance Building Solutions | Terry Rosenstiel, Director of Partnerships & Innovation Pipeline, USG Corporation

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

5:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Building Tech 50 Awards Ceremony

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM


Day 2 Schedule

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast & Networking

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Weclome Back

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Case Study - Building a "Smart Building"

Kurt Karnatz, President, ESD | Thrupti Shivakumar, CEO & Co-Founder, cohesion

9:50 AM – 10:20 AM

Panel: Energy & Sustainability in Net Zero Buildings

Karen Weigert, Vice President, Slipstream

10:25 AM – 10:55 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel: Smart Buildings and Predictive Maintenance

Keith Stewart, Chief Growth Officer, K4Connect

11:35 AM – 12:05 PM

Panel: Building with BIM

Russell Klapperick, Risk Engineer, AXA XL | Heather Kossila, BIM Manager, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

12:05 PM – 1:05 PM


1:10 PM – 1:40 PM

Panel: Evolution of Low Voltage

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel: Modular Interiors

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

Panel: Smart Building Products

Ben Price, Venture Manager, Saint-Gobain

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds


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