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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


Tom Budescu

Managing Director, Chicago Infrastructure Trust

Andria Winters

Senior Director, CBRE

Aaron Toppston

Venture Fellow, Navitas Capital

Ross Wagner

Technical Solutions Executive, Autodesk

Michael Jansen

Chairman & CEO

Jeff Drenovsky

Operations Director

John Jurewicz

Director of Innovation, Walbridge Aldinger

Aaron Ozinga

President, 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

Peter Siegal

Senior Vice President and Director of Development Operations, LendLease

Joseph Burns

Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Ann Thompson

Senior Vice President, Architecture and Design, Related Midwest

Simona Rollinson

CIO, Clayco

Beth Bond

Head of City Development, Bosch

David Leopold

Director of City Solutions

Karson Kopecky

Co-Founder and Project Manager, Akular

Michael Jansen

CEO, Cityzenith

Steve Frenkel

Executive Director, Current

Nick Everson

Program Manager, The Walsh Group

Lenny Coleman

Associate for Construction Management Services, WRA

Andrew Lindsey

Director of Applied Research & Development, Alpha Corporation

Brian Towne

Sr. Program Development Manager, Constellation Energy Resources LLC



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

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Analyst Luncheon

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds | Matt Gagne, Research Manager, BuiltWorlds | Sam Huffman, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Expo Kick-Off & Registration

2:00 PM

Welcoming Remarks

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Case Study of Large-Scale Planning & Development: Village of Schaumburg

Sean MCarthy, VP Business Development, Comcast | Andria Winters, Senior Director, CBRE | Christine Torres, Head of Chicago, WiredScore | Brian Townsend, Village Manager, Village of Schaumburg

In terms of suburban growth, mixed-use developments are becoming increasingly popular in the towns sitting just outside large cities' limits. The Village of Schaumburg recently dedicated "Veridian," which was constructed on the site of the former Motorola corporate headquarters and is part of the 90 North redevelopment. We'll sit down with some key stakeholders on this project and walk through why these developments are becoming increasingly popular in suburban areas across the country.

2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

The Future of Urban Mobility

Simona Rollinson, CIO, Clayco | David Leopold, Director of Solutions & Programming, City Tech Collaborative | Beth Bond, Head of City Development | Bosch

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.

3:20 PM – 3:50 PM

Networking Break

3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

Decentralized Energy Infrastructure

Taylor Patton, Vice President Macquarie | John Jurewicz, Lead Technical Optimization, Walbridge | Jeff Drenovksy, Operations Director, ESD

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.

4:25 PM – 4:55 PM

Fireside Chat: Upgrading the Energy Infrastructure in Ligonier Valley

Brian Towne, Sr. Business Development Manager, Constellation

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.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Infrastructure Tech 50 Awards

We'll cap off the first day of our conference with the presentation of the winners of our Infrastructure Tech 50 List, a conversation with a few of the judges who choose those winners, and finally a networking reception.

7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
52Eighty Rooftop

Exclusive Reception

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

Day 2 Schedule

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast & Networking

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Welcome Remarks

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Case Studies: Platform Engineering

Joseph Burns, Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti | Ann Thompson, SVP - Architecture & Design | Peter Siegal, Lend Lease

As Cities densify and space becomes more scarce, the focus is increasingly turning to nontraditional development sites. Additionally, this same trend toward densification puts pressure on mobility solutions, as cities grapple with congestion. We'll walk through some high-profile projects like Hudson Yards, The 78 Project, and The Former Riverline Project. These projects open acres of previously unavailable land for development, improve connectivity within cities, and also support better transit. TT will discuss their Sunny Side Yards Project in New York City as a Case Study in so-called “Platform Cities.”

9:50 AM – 10:20 AM

Financing Infrastructure Projects

Aaron Toppston, Senior Development Manager, Walsh Investors | Tom Budescu, Senior Vice President, EY | Aaron Ozinga, President - Ozinga Materials & Logistics, Ozinga | Clayton Lewis, Innovation Project Specialist, Haskall

Infrastructure projects can be both costly and complicated. We'll walk through this process with three speakers who all touch these projects at different points, and go over the most effective way to get infrastructure financed.

10:25 AM -10:55 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Technology in Planning & Zoning

Michael Jansen, Chairman & CEO, CityZenith | Karson Kopecky, Co-Founder & Project Manager, Cviker Corporation | Andrew Lindsey, Director of Applied Research & Development, Alpha Corporation

Technology is becoming more and utilized both on the jobsite and during the preconstruction phase. But how can we leverage tech solutions to account for the planning and zoning of projects? We'll look at the effective ways companies can use these solutions to properly plan and zone their projects.

11:35 AM – 11:55 AM

Fireside: Waterways, Water Quality & Infrastructure

Steve Frenkel, Executive Director, Current

The ways cities move, use, and clean water are of the utmost importance. Not only is water vital for human survival, but cities like Chicago need a huge source for transportation, cleaning, and other infrastructure needs. We'll sit down with Steve Frenkel to talk about how cities can effectively use their waterways to sustain their populations and infrastructures.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Keynote: High Performance Government & Innovation

Nick Kittle, Government Performance & Innovation Coach, Cartegraph

1:35 PM – 2:05 PM

The Future Building Department

Ross Wagner, Technical Solutions Executive - Constrution, PlanGrid - An Autodesk Company | Lenny Coleman, Associate for Construction Management Services, WRA | Nick Everson, Program Manager, Walsh Construction

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 PlanGrid and some of its partners about how they are working to support smarter projects/paperless jobs and the challenges they face in doing so.

2:10 PM – 2:40 PM

Conference Debrief

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

To close the conference, we'll go over some of the key insights, and talk about the biggest takeaways.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Jim Lichtenwalter, Research Analyst, BuiltWorlds

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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What's included in the ticket?

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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