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Buildings Conference


3.4.2020 - 3.5.2020


The Westin River North 320 N Dearborn Chicago, IL 60654

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The world of high-performance buildings is changing. Technologies are being installed in our buildings to make them “smarter,” new materials are shifting the building process, and we are seeing an increased demand for energy-efficient buildings from a number of stakeholders. 

Join the BuiltWorlds Member Network at the 2020 Buildings Conference to learn about the shifting built tech landscape, participate in breakout and other small group sessions, and connect with key industry players. Throughout the conference, you’ll hear from built industry thought leaders about: 

  • Innovations in building materials and technologies 
  • Effective uses of BIM technologies during the construction and asset maintenance phases 
  • How to successfully collaborate with engineers, technology providers, and building owners to complete a “smart” building
  • The changing landscape of energy-efficiency and sustainability demands 

The Buildings Conference will be held at the Westin River North, 320 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

Jeffrey Berg

Digital Insight Associate - Americas Digital Skills Leader, Arup

Scott Bernstein

CEO, National Retrofitting Group

Daniel Bulley

Sr. Vice President, MCA Chicago

Todd Burns

President, Project & Development Services, Jones Lang-LaSalle (JLL)

Matthew Cramer

Director, Business Development, Armstrong World Industries

David Crawford

Director of Construction Services, Application Software and Technical Marketing, Hilti

Joe Dardis

Senior Structural Steel Specialist - Chicago, American Institute of Steel Construction

Rob Dodd

Executive Vice President of Operations, Nabholz

Adam Duman

President, Euroview

Joe Harris

Asset Manager, JMB Financial Advisors

David Hettinger

Founder + Principal, Entropy

Brian Keaty

Vice President & General Manager, The John Buck Company

Kurt Karnatz

President, Environmental Systems Design Inc.

Russell Klapperich

Risk Engineer, AXA XL

Brian Kramer

Member, Board of Directors, Quality Built

Daniel Levin

CEO, Cain Millwork

Sheila Matuscak

CEO & Founder, Coeo Space

Christopher Minerva

Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Ryan Park

Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Management, SageGlass

Ben Price

NOVA External Ventures, Saint-Gobain

Damon Ranieri

Director of Virtual Design & Construction, Leopardo Companies

Terry Rosenstiel

Director, Partnerships & Innovation Pipeline, USG

Alex Samoylovich

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

David Santo

Mechanical Center of Competency Leader, Siemens

Paul Shahriari

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Ecomedes

Thru Shivakumar

CEO & Co-Founder, Cohesion

Brent Slawnikowski

Senior Account Manager, FARO

Keith Stewart

Chief Growth Officer, K4Connect

John Tough

Managing Partner, Energize Ventures

Jeremy Treister

President, CMIT Solutions Chicago

Travis Voss

Leader of Innovative Technology, Helm Group

Karen Weigert

Vice President, Slipstream

Eric Whobrey

VP of Innovation , ARCO/Murray


Day 1 Schedule

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Matt Gray, BuiltWorlds

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

Panel: Innovation in Structural Materials

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

One of the first things builders need to decide is what material they will use in a project. Between steel, concrete, and timber, there’s a lot of choice. Each of these materials has its advantages and drawbacks and can be utilized in different kinds of projects. We’ll kick off the Buildings Conference with an honest conversation about the usage and innovations of these three materials.

2:55 PM – 3:25 PM

Panel: Developing Smart Building Products: SageGlass & Saint-Gobain

Benjamin Price, Investment Manager, Saint-Gobain | Ryan Park, Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Management, SageGlass

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. On this panel, we’ll hear from key stakeholders from SageGlass, an electrochromic glass provider, and Saint-Gobain, who has invested in SageGlass, about investing, creating, and deploying solutions to aid in this effort.

3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Networking Break

3:55 PM – 4:25 PM

Fireside Chat: Quality Assurance

Brian Kramer, CEO, Quality Built | Dave Hettinger, Senior Manager, LitCon Group

How do you define a building’s quality and ensure that its standards have been met? In this Fireside Chat, learn how Quality Built is helping key stakeholders drive quality standards across their projects. We’ll discuss which data points are key indicators of quality, how this conversation can move beyond residential projects into other market sectors, and what the future of quantifying a structure’s quality holds.

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel: Industry Leaders on Innovation

Laura Dwyer, Global Strategy Leader, DuPont Performance Building Solutions | Terry Rosenstiel, Director of Partnerships & Innovation Pipeline, USG Corporation | Matthew Cramer, Director of Digital Solutions & Technology Integration, Armstrong World Industries

As construction practices and technology adoption continue to advance, building material manufacturers must stay ahead of the shifting built landscape. In this session, we’ll explore how global leaders in the materials supply space are driving innovation within their organization and throughout the built industries, hear how they’re developing and applying new solutions, and learn about the future built tech innovation that excites them most.

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Building Tech 50 Recognition

Sam Huffman, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

The BuiltWorlds Analyst Team will breakdown our recently released Building Tech 50 List and highlight leading providers.

5:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Join BW Members, speakers, sponsors, and other conference attendees for the 2020 Buildings Conference Welcome Reception.

Day 2 Schedule

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast & Networking

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Welcome Back

Jay Wadwha, Interim Marketing Director, BuiltWorlds

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Case Study: Building a Smart Building

Kurt Karnatz, President, ESD | Thrupti Shivakumar, CEO & Co-Founder, cohesion | Brian Keaty, Vice President & General Manager, The John Buck Company

In this session, we'll investigate how the cohesion platform has been utilized to integrate critical building workflows, optimize operation and maintenance, and provide actionable insights. Hear how this smart building system is leveraging IoT devices, AI, and other cutting-edge tech in real-world use cases to drive benefits for a variety of building stakeholders.

9:50 AM – 10:20 AM

Panel: Energy & Sustainability in Net Zero Buildings

Karen Weigert, Vice President, Slipstream | John Tough, Managing Partner, Energize Ventures | Rob Federghi, VP of Sales, Edison Energy | Scott Bernstein, CEO, National Retrofitting Group

Creating energy-efficiency buildings is not only environmentally-friendly, but it saves owners and tenants money. A net-zero building, a structure that nets zero energy consumption, is the ideal that a lot of builders chase. In this panel, we’ll examine some of the trends we’re seeing in this field, and the factors that drive builders to construct net-zero buildings.

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 | Daniel Bulley, Senior VP, MCA of Chicago | David Santo, Mechanical Center of Competency Leader, Siemens Smart Infrastructure | Travis Voss, Leader of Innovative Technology, Mechanical Inc.

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.

11:35 AM – 12:05 PM

Panel: Building with BIM

Russell Klapperick, Risk Engineer, AXA XL | David Crawford, Director of Construction Services, Application Software and Technical Marketing, Hilti | Brent Slawnikowski, Sr. Account Manager, FARO

According to a survey of our own members, the vast majority of BuiltWorlds Members are utilizing BIM on the majority of their projects. The technology allows builders to increase the quality of their projects, increase safety on the jobsite, and cut down on necessary rework. In this panel, we’ll be examining how BIM is being leveraged by builders, how the technology can be used to help choose the products and materials that go into a project, and ways BIM workflows are making construction projects more efficient.

12:05 PM – 1:05 PM


1:10 PM – 1:40 PM

Panel: Evolution of Low Voltage

Jeremy Treister, President, CMIT Solutions Chicago | Adam Duman, President, Euroview | Joe Harris, Asset Manager, JMB | Alex Samoylovich, Co-Founder and Managing Partners, CEDARst Companies

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel: Strategies for Improved Asset Turnover and O&M

Eric Whobrey, Director of Technology, ARCO/Murray | Damon Ranieri, Director of Virtual Design & Construction, Leopardo | Todd Burns, President - Project & Development Services, JLL | Dan Levin, CEO, Cain Millwork

Change orders, rework, and other unforeseen challenges during construction can leave building operators in the dark following turnover. When ineffectively documented or tracked, these variations from design often go unrecognized until it's too late. In this session, we'll hear from key project stakeholders about the strategies and technology they are implementing during preconstruction and construction to ensure smooth asset turnover and optimized operations and maintenance.

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

BuiltWorlds Breakouts

Join the BW Member Network for further small-group discussion on pressing smart buildings topics.

3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Jay Wadwha, Interim Marketing Director, BuiltWorlds


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