Cities Conference


8.14.2019 - 8.15.2019


Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Upper Wacker Dr Chicago, IL 60601

The Impact Infrastructure Projects have on Cities.

At Cities Conference, learn how large development projects impact public infrastructure, what considerations have to make to plan for such massive projects and how mega-development affects the urban systems around them. We’ll also explore new technologies in transportation, mobility, waste, water and energy transform modern city infrastructure projects, and how the overall maintenance and operation of city infrastructure assetsplanning, designing, constructioncontinues to evolve as the built environment continues to evolve.

Venue Details | August 14-15

Chicago Architecture Center | 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Wednesday, August 14
Program: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Networking Reception: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Infrastructure Tech 50 Award Reception: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (During Networking Reception)

Thursday, August 15
Program: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm


More to be announced!

Tom Budescu

Managing Director, Chicago Infrastructure Trust

Andria Winters

Senior Director, CBRE

Anthony Knierim

CEO, OurHood

Aaron Toppston

Senior Development Manager, Walsh Investors

Ross Wagner

Customer Advocate - Western U.S. & APAC, PlanGrid

George Brigandi

Partnership & Development Manager, Current

Jeff Drenovsky

Operations Director, ESD - Environmental Systems Design

Larry Godleski

Executive Director, Regional and Federal Sales, Distributed Energy, Constellation

John Jurewicz

Director Tech Optimization, Walbridge Aldinger

Aaron Ozinga

President Ozinga Materials & Logistics, Ozinga

Nicholas Kittle

CEO, Sustainovation LLC

Clayton Levins

Innovation Project Specialist, Haskell

Taylor Patton

Vice President, Macquarie

Sean McCarthy

VP Business Development, Comcast Corporation

Christine Torres

Head of Chicago, WiredScore

Brian Townsend

Village Manager, Village of Schaumburg



Urban Planners & Architects

As the people planning and designing in the face of rapid urbanization, they will learn from our panels of experts builders and technologists about the trends they’ll need to account for.

City Officials

As the decision makers and legislators guiding infrastructure development, they’ll learn from industry influencers about how to work with built players to solve city-scale problems and start building the cities of tomorrow, today.


They have the land and they have the risk. At Cities, they’ll learn the challenges they need to tackle to transform their portfolios into city solutions for everyone.

Contractors and Construction Managers

With a direct hand in the building and maintenance of infrastructure assets, they will learn about planning and technology trends to continue optimizing the building process and help position themselves to win bids for city-scale projects moving forward.


Day 1 Schedule

1:00 PM

Welcoming Remarks

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Driving City-Scale Connectivity

1:50 PM – 2:20 PM

The Future of Urban Mobility

As cities become increasingly dense, the efficient movement of people and goods has become more important than ever. From the rise of the AV, to new developments to mass transit, to improved wayfinding and road maintenance, emerging technology is transforming the urban transportation landscape.

2:25PM – 2:35 PM

Networking Break

2:40 PM – 3:10 PM

Water Infrastructure

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Decentralized Energy Infrastructure

Energy provision in the United States is characterized by outdated, centralized grid infrastructure. While we continue to ask more from the grid than what it was designed to provide, it has become less reliable and resilient. On this panel, we will explore how decentralized energy infrastructure and local energy generation can empower building operators and providers of critical infrastructure assets to provide constant, uninterrupted services, at a lower cost.

3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

Fireside Chat: Upgrading the Energy Infrastructure in Ligonier Valley

Reduction in school districts’ general operating budgets is an ongoing challenge. Ligonier Valley, located about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh, has many facilities that could benefit from an energy efficiency initiative focusing on areas of deferred maintenance via technology and infrastructure upgrades. Constellation was selected to develop a project around equipment and systems that were at or beyond life cycle and operating less efficiently compared to new technologies, and will implement district-wide upgrades including state-of-the-art building automation systems, new roofs, high-efficiency heating systems, water conservation measures and more.

4:25 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

6:00PM – 7:00PM

Infrastructure Tech 50 Award Reception

The Infrastructure Tech 50 features emerging solutions in the smart infrastructure space. Enabling cities to become more resource-efficient and resilient, companies on the list are categorized by infrastructure system: (1) communication, (2) water, (3) energy, (4) mobility, and (5) waste.

7:30 pm- 9:30 pm
52Eighty Rooftop

Exclusive Reception

Join us for a night of food, drinks and networking.

Day 2 Schedule

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Welcome Remarks

9:20 AM – 9:55 AM

CAC: Reimagining the City of 2050

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Financing Infrastructure Projects

What are the challenges to financing large-scale infrastructure construction? What are the different funding mechanisms in place, and who are the stakeholders? Is that changing as the private sector plays an increasingly large role in the infrastructure sector?

10:35 AM – 10:50 AM

Networking Break

10:55 AM – 11:25 AM

Tech in Planning & Zoning

Mark DeSantis, CEO, Roadbotics |

What are the digital tools that planners rely on to facilitate research, community outreach, zoning, design, and plan-making?

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Keynote: Blockchain & Infrastructure

The applications for peer-to-peer exchange in infrastructure systems are exciting and wide-reaching. Join us with AECOM’s Stephen del Percio to discuss how blockchain technology offers a paradigm shift in the design, funding, operations, and maintenance of critical infrastructure assets.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


1:05 PM – 1:40 PM

Keynote: High Performance Government & Innovation

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

The Future Building Department

Having heard from Nick about the value of prioritizing innovation in culture-building and project selection at the government level, let’s now dive deeper with an opportunity to hear from a panel of America’s most progressive building departments on how, specifically, they are working to support smarter projects/paperless jobs and the challenges they face in doing so.

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

Breakout Groups

2:55 PM

Closing Remarks

3:00 PM

Networking Reception


Exclusive Reception

VIP Reception

Wednesday August 14, 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Join us for an intimate evening of drinks, hors-d’oeuvres, and networking with Cities Conference speakers, and special guests. We’ll also announce the winners of our 2019 Infrastructure Tech 50 list, selected by our expert panel of judges.

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. Sign up using your event access code below.


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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.
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 Cities conference will take place at the Chicago Architecture Center. If you want to be near all the action, 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 $229 for the night of Wednesday, August 14. Cutoff date for special rates is Wednesday, July 24, 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 Chicago Architecture Center front desk.

Is parking available?

The closest parking garage is at 233 N Michigan Ave, and there are several other public parking garages nearby in River North.

Where can I get more questions answered?

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