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Building Design & Construction Sept Insert of the GTH/BC conference


Marge AMarge Anderson, EVP Energy Center of Wisconsinnderson Announced as GTH's New Keynote Speaker for Monday!

Marge Anderson descends from a long line of outspoken Midwestern women. She grew up in the manufacturing city of Janesville, WI and spent summers immersed in Wisconsin’s north woods. She spends as much time as she can birding the Mississippi flyway and Great Lakes region.  Marge is the Executive Vice President at the Energy Center of Wisconsin (ECW), a private, non-profit with offices in Madison, Chicago and Minneapolis. ECW inspires advanced energy efficiency by providing decision-makers with technical assistance, thought leadership and education. Marge founded Energy Center University at ECW and serves on the Boards of Directors of the New Buildings Institute and the USGBC.


Marge’s topic "Green Building in the Heartland: What’s At Stake?" will cover Fossil fuels, Manufacturing jobs, Climate change impacts on people, agriculture, biodiversity and Safe and healthy communities.  The Midwest region has been called “ground zero in the national climate and energy struggle.”  Marge Anderson will share her perspective as a native Midwesterner and USGBC Board member about the importance of our region and how the decisions we make every day to advance green buildings have local, national and global impact.


David Agazzi, Vice President for Administrative Affairs, College of Lake County
Session:  Sustainable Campus Master Planning: Harnessing the Opportunities

Dave Agazzi assumed the position of Vice President of Administrative Affairs at the College of Lake County on March 1, 2010. Previously, David served as Vice President, Administrative Services at Joliet Junior College, a position he assumed in 2004.  Before joining Joliet Junior College, he served as Budget Director, Deputy Budget Director, Deputy Chief Operating Office of Chicago Public Schools from 1995 to 2004. In addition he was with the Chicago Housing Authority as Chief Financial Officer.  His current duties include serving as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer at the College of Lake County, providing leadership to Business Services, Facilities, Information Technology, Resource Development as well as Campus Police. He is also responsible for all functions of the facilities Master Plan, construction management, bond financing, auditing functions, payroll, business auxiliary services to include purchasing, food service and bookstore. He has led efforts to earn the College’s GFOA Award for Comprehensive Annual Financial Reporting.  David holds a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Arts Public Administration from Northern Illinois University and currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Northern Illinois University.

John Albrecht, Architect, ChicagoGreen LLC
Session:  ICA Energy Star Benchmarking Pilot Project

Sustainability Consultant   BACKGROUND  Prior to launching ChicagoGreen LLC in 2013, John directed LEED services for Sieben Energy, NELSON Architects, and Knight E/A after 27 years as an architect with the City of Chicago. With the City, John served as the DGS  liaison  to Mayor Daley's Green Building and LEED initiatives; was a member of the City's first 'Green Team;' served as Project Coordinator for the LEED Pilot Program, and helped author the 'Chicago Standard' for Green Buildings. John is recognized as being the City of Chicago's first LEED Accredited Professional.  In addition, he trained other City staff members on LEED, and served on the Mayor's Green Building Management Team, responsible for developing the Environmental Action Agenda 2005 and 2006. A member of the City's Green Building Task Force and Green Urban Design Committee, John also served as Project Manager of several green projects including the Cultural Center Green Roof and fire station green roofs and solar panel installations. Over the past 11 years, John has been on over 70 LEED projects and has administered over 30 LEED certifications in NC, CI, CS, Schools, and EBOM. In 2002, John was a founding member of the USGBC IL chapter and has served on the IL chapter board, the Heartland regional committee, and national committees. 

Paul Alessandro, Partner, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture
Session:  Adaptive Reuse as Sustainable Development - Strategies for Blending Historic Structures, Sustainability and Revitalized Communities

Paul Alessandro is an architect and partner at Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, a Chicago-based design studio specializing in architecture, historic preservation, interior design and planning.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the architectural design of complex mixed-use, residential, cultural and civic projects.  Alessandro specializes in renovating, restoring and adaptively re-using historic structures. His portfolio of award-winning historic projects includes The Powerhouse, an adaptive re-use of an abandoned power station into a commercial and retail development, and Randolph Tower, the conversion of one of Chicago’s tallest terra cotta-clad high-rises from commercial office use to upscale rental apartments. He is currently overseeing the adaptive re-use of the landmarked Chicago Athletic Association building into a boutique hotel.  Alessandro is a registered architect and LEED AP BD+C. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, where his thesis project focused on the grand movie palaces of Rapp & Rapp.  

Richard Alton, Co-Chair, Green Action Team, Euclid Av. United Methodist Church
Session:  Retrofitting Engagement: Using Buildings as Springboards for Creating Sustainable Communities

Richard Alton is  a member of the Euclid Av. United Methodist Church where he chairs the Green Action Team as well as the Chair of the Oak Park and River Forest Interfaith Green Network. Dick is a member of the Green Community Connections which is supportive of the Oak Park PlanItGreen, the long range sustainability plan for the area. Dick chaired the congregation Geothermal installation plus is presently the head of a new  projected congregation solar  project. Dick is also involved with the State of Illinois Faith in Place organization and the national Power and Light Cool Congregation Program.

Sachin Anand, Principal, dbHMS
Session:  Adaptive Reuse as Sustainable Development - Strategies for Blending Historic Structures, Sustainability and Revitalized Communities
Session:  Integrated Life Cycle Analysis for An Integrated Design Approach: Costs, Benefits, Synergies and Choice
Session:  Two Net Zero Projects, One Conclusion: From the Yannell Residence to Harmony House Animal Shelter

Sachin Anand, Principal at dbHMS, brings over 15 years of diversified design, commissioning, and management experience to the field of engineering, uniting artistry and analytics into a unique approach based upon the client's needs. He is an Adjunct Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture and an active member of the Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE. Sachin was named as one of the 2011 Top 20 Engineers Under 40 by Engineering News Record Midwest and one of the 2009 Top 40 Engineers Under 40 by Consulting Specifying Engineer. Sachin is a sought-after speaker on many issues of sustainability. He attends U.S. Green Building Council meetings regularly where he speaks on topics such as LEED NC 2.1 and LEED NC 2.2. Sachin has also presented at several AIA Conventions (San Antonio; 2007 and Los Angeles; 2006) as well as at Greening the Heartland (Minneapolis 2010 and St. Louis 2008) where he addressed topics such as Building Performance, Energy Conservation Codes, Energy modeling, and ASHRAE 90.1.

Marge Anderson, Executive Vice President, Energy Center of WI
Session:  Economic Revitalization Midwest Style: Program Strategies to Boost the Midwest Economy through Energy Efficiency & Sustainability. 

Marge Anderson is the Executive Vice President of the Energy Center of Wisconsin, a non-profit organization working in the Midwest and nationally to accelerate the impact of energy efficiency through advanced technical analysis, program innovation, and education. Marge’s responsibilities include organizational strategy, new initiative development, and external relations. Marge founded the Energy Center’s education practice, Energy Center University, which facilitates the development of advanced, sustainable energy skills and knowledge for building professionals, policymakers, and utility leaders. Marge is a member of the board of directors of the USGBC and the New Buildings Institute.

Sheri Andrews, Associate, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Session:  Guiding Principles of Highly Effective K-8 Design: A Case Study at the University of Chicago Lab Schools

In her fourteen years of professional practice, Sheri Andrews has successfully executed a wide range of projects balancing the design, the  organization required to realize a substantial project, technical  challenges and financial needs of both the client and the firm. As an  Associate at VDTA, Sheri has been at the forefront of a project to  expand and renovate the historic campus of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She has also completed a large renovation project  for the Shedd Aquarium Oceanarium and managed a roll out of branches for  Harris Bank. Her philanthropic endeavors include an active and dedicated membership with CREW Chicago including the CREW Careers and Scholarship Committees.

Kate Bakewell, RLA, LEED AP, Biocities
Session:  Local Food Production and Urban Agriculture as LEED Credit

Kathleen Bakewell is a New York-based, registered landscape architect with a Master in Landscape Architecture from the GSD and a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in Neighborhood Development and Building Design and Construction. She is the Founder and Executive Director of BioCities, a non-profit dedicated to urban ecosystems with a specific interest in strengthening linkages between humans and nature. BioCities promotes urban agriculture through its educational series, The Transforming Cities Project and its built work. Among BioCities proposed built projects is its Symbiotic Farm a metrics driven, soil-based rooftop farm in collaboration with a proprietary hydroponic growing facility, currently in development. Kathleen is also the Founding Principal of Brook Farm Group, a landscape architecture firm in New York City. She serves on the Board of Advisors for FarmingUp, a rooftop farm and food research initiative and is a Founding Director of Our Growing Place, a children's food growing and cooking program piloted at Gracie Mansion in 2010. Kathleen is active in the local sitopian community and has taught and lectured widely on urban agriculture, including Greenbuild, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast Sustainable Communities Workshop.

Terry Bergdall, Chief Executive Officer , The Institute of Cultural Affairs, USA
Session:  Retrofitting Engagement: Using Buildings as Springboards for Creating Sustainable Communities

Terry Bergdall is CEO and President of the Institute of Cultural Affairs USA (ICA). He is responsible for the ICA GreenRise Uptown Building, an 8-story multi-use facility that is the largest nonprofit service center in the Midwest. It serves as a practical learning laboratory for green culture among residents, tenants, and constituents and is the first nonprofit to be included in the City's Retrofit Chicago Commercial Building Initiative. Across the city, ICA is the organizer of Accelerate 77; for connecting bottom-up sustainability efforts in Chicago neighborhoods. He is the faculty of record for ICA's accredited holistic leadership development program with university students. Through ICA's Technology of Participation, ToP, he oversees a national network of licensed trainers that is the most prolific and proficient provider of group facilitation methods in the country. Prior to his current position, Terry lived in Africa for 18 years where he was the coordinator of the Swedish Cooperative Centre's Methods for Active Participation Research and Development Project (MAP) in Zambia, Kenya, and Tanzania. He earned his PhD in International Development at the University of Wales and is a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. 

Robert Berkebile, Principal, BNIM Architects
Session:  Regenerative Design and the Living Building Challenge: An Interactive Discussion with Bob Berkebile, Vivian Loftness, and Ralph Bicknese

Any list of accomplished, influential architects and environmentalists includes Bob Berkebile.  Bob is a founding principal of BNIM, recipient of AIA’s National Firm Award in 2011. Highly regarded by fellow professionals and the recipient of numerous awards including Metropolis Magazine’s “Game Changer Emeritus,” and national leadership awards from The Heinz Foundation and USGBC, Bob has focused his career on improving quality of life, vitality and resilience in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm’s work.

Michael Berning, Senior Principal, Director of Sustainable Design, Heapy Engineering
Session:  Dual Benefit Sustainability Strategy: The Water - Energy Nexus

Michael entered college with the goal to design Solar Energy projects and this desire evolved into the study of improving building energy efficiency. Upon joining Heapy Engineering in 1979, he initially specialized in identifying and redesigning building systems to improve energy efficiency. He guided clients in developing Master Plans directed at solving their long-term energy use and building Mechanical-Electrical system challenges. Michael served as a Design Team Manager where he was responsible for the overall management and production of his team's work and coordination with clients and contractors on complex Healthcare, Educational, Commercial and Industrial facilities. Presently, as the Director of Sustainable Design for Heapy Engineering, Michael is responsible for the strategic direction and integration of Sustainability across Heapy Engineering's markets and services. Under his leadership, the 175 employee firm is involved with over 250 LEED projects and 80 employees are LEED AP's. He has provided LEED Training for over 1000 industry professionals. He is a Fellow for the Hobart Center for Food Service Sustainability, is on the Editorial Board for EDC Magazine and writes a regular column focusing on sustainability matters. He directed the effort to obtain LEED PLATINUM for the  Heapy Engineering Headquarters. Michael has presented at several National, Regional and local conferences on sustainability related topics. He leads sustainability on the local level as Co-Chair of the Dayton (Ohio) Regional Green 3 Initiative ( and is the Ohio Regional Chair for the USGBC's College and University based USGBC Students Program. He appears regularly in the Regional Media promoting water stewardship, energy conservation and Sustainable practices.

Deeta Bernstein, Group Manager, Sustainability, Cotter Consulting, Inc.
Session:  How a Sustainability Program Can Benefit Municipal Stakeholders in Terms of Resilience and Performance

Deeta Bernstein serves as Group Manager for Sustainable Services at Cotter Consulting, Inc. Deeta has undertaken many public and private sector assignments for Cotter, including her most recent assignment with the Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC). Since 2007, Deeta has served as the Sustainability Manager for the PBC Program Management Office. In this role, Deeta developed and implemented the sustainability aspects of PBC’s over $2.1 Billion capital development program, moving Chicago’s sustainable design efforts from pilot projects to an expected part of Chicago’s public sector development effort.  Through this program, Chicago continues to lead by example, utilizing sustainable design principles and strategies to improve building performance and quality of life throughout Chicago.  To date, 54 facilities built through this program have achieved LEED certification at or above target level, of the 77 new buildings being developed as part of the program.

Jason Berry, Special Projects Manager, City of Blue Island
Session:  Blue Island/Blue Water - Greening the Urban Core: Green Infrastructure Improvements and Redevelopment in a Forward-Looking Chicago Suburb

Jason Berry, AICP is Special Projects Manager and Zoning Administrator for the City of Blue Island. His work includes brownfields assessment, active transportation initiatives, green infrastructure implementation, and cultural heritage tourism and preservation. Jason sits on the Calumet Stewardship Initiative's Smart Growth Committee and is a founding member and Vice-President of the Calumet Waterway Stewards, an organization dedicated to promoting the Little Calumet River and Cal-Sag Channel.

Juan Betancur, Director, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Session:  Supertall Buildings: The Evolution of Architecture + Structural Design in the Next Generation of the World's Tallest Buildings

Juan Betancur, Director at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, has extensive experience in the design of supertall, commercial and mixed-use sustainable projects around the world.  Prior to joining AS+GG in 2008, he was an associate and studio head at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill where he led the design of several large-scale projects in China including the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center. At AS+GG he was the lead designer of the Head Offices for the Federation of Korean Industries in Seoul and Wuhan Greenland Center, both currently under construction.

Nootan Bharani, Architect, Shaw Group E&I
Session:  Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda 

Nootan is an Architect at CB&I and is Managing Director for Shaw Sustainable Solutions of Illinois, LLC. She leads teams in the design and project management of new and renovated sustainable spaces and is a technical lead for sustainable consulting areas including building energy codes and policies, environmental guidelines for communities, and design and implementation of energy programs. Nootan also provides technical expertise for design, research and content structure of sustainability plans for municipalities. Nootan has thirteen years of experience in the design and construction industry, and is intensely involved in the Chicago architecture, art, design and engineering community. Nootan has a particular dedication for all aspects of sustainability for communities. In 2012, she received an AIA Chicago President's Recognition Award acknowledging her work and leadership in founding and leading the chapter's Community Interface Committee. Nootan has served on the Board of Directors of AIA Illinois and is affiliated with Chicago Women in Architecture, and Architecture for Humanity - Chicago. 

Ralph Bicknese, Principal, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
Session:  Regenerative Design and the Living Building Challenge: An Interactive Discussion with Bob Berkebile, Vivian Loftness, and Ralph Bicknese

Ralph Bicknese is a widely respected thought leader, proponent and practitioner of sustainable design with over 30 years of experience and is a principal and co-founder of Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects. H+B provides architectural, planning and consulting services centered on sustainable solutions that enhance and enrich life.  Mr. Bicknese is an architect, a member of the AIA, a LEED AP BD+C and a LEED Fellow. Ralph strives and advocates for the highest level of green building achievement. His expertise has been demonstrated through his long-term work history and volunteer activities starting with sustainable community committee work with the City of Ames, Iowa in 1980 and has continued on numerous projects seeking certification under the LEED; Green Building Rating System and on the Living Learning Center, which tied as the first building certified to the stringent Living Building Challenge.  Ralph helped found the USGBC-St. Louis Regional Chapter and has served in numerous leadership positions. He served on the USGBC Advisory Committee on Haiti Recovery, initiated the Katrina Charrettes at Greenbuild 2005, and was a contributor to The New Orleans Principles. Ralph is board member of the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability, Vice Chairman of the SMART Sustainable Building Product Committee, serves on the MRH SD Sustainable Futures Committee and the City of Maplewood Sustainability Commission, and is a frequent mentor, juror, panelist and lecturer at colleges and universities. He served on Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's Home Building and Residential Energy Efficiency Panel, as an Advisor on the DOE Missouri Energy Stakeholder Process, was a peer reviewer for the Public School District's Adherence to Guidelines For Environmentally Sound Practices and the ACEEE's Missouri's Energy Efficiency Potential: Opportunities for Economic Growth and Energy Sustainability, and helped establish the Missouri Green Schools Legislative Caucus.

Ben Bischmann, Account Manager, Colliers International
Session:  Navigating the World of Existing Building Certifications: LEED EB: O&M, Green Globes CIEB, and BOMA 360

Account Manager EDUCATION AND qualifications BAE, University of Illinois MBA, Real Estate, Roosevelt University area of expertise Ben currently serves as account manager on a portfolio of 88 properties consisting of over 1.4 million square feet of commercial office space and 5.9 million square feet of industrial space in the Chicago market.  Ben assists his clients in the development, implementation, and oversight of their investment strategies.  Other responsibilities include the direction of management and leasing, assisting in acquisition due diligence, transitioning new acquisitions, and the strategic planning and coordination of client management, sustainable practices and construction services.  In Ben’s role as leader of the National Sustainability Task Team he meets regularly with national and international Colliers leaders to address  sustainable policies and practices, initiatives, and training.  Ben has served as project team leader on 7 certified EB projects and 8 currently registered projects.  Ben also serves as Vice Chair on the U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter’s Board of Directors.  This 501c3 serves 1600 members representing the entire spectrum of Illinois’ green building community. professional accomplishments: LEED AP – Accredited Professional in Operations + Maintenance, U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter Board of Directors – Vice Chair, Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation through BOMI Licensed Illinois Real Estate Broker Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Candidate business background Ben began his Real Estate career with New West Realty, where he served as Broker-Associate. The Chicago based firm specializes in new construction development sales in various Chicago neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs.  Ben was involved in the sales of various projects ranging from single-family homes, town homes, live/work lofts, retirement and mixed-used communities. In addition to sales, he was charged with overall project marketing, daily operations, and maintenance of the various Sales Centers. Prior to Real Estate, Ben spent 5 years in Restaurant Management overseeing restaurants in California and the British Virgin Islands. 

Boyd Black, Director, Project Management Services, University of Illinois at Chicago
Session:  Integrating Environmental Analysis into a BIM Workflow: Utilizing the HOK Design Analysis Methodology

Under Boyd’s direction the Capital Project Delivery group manages design and construction for the University. He joined the University in 2008 after managing design and construction for eight years at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the ranks of project Owners Boyd worked on both the architecture and construction sides of the industry. He has over 30 years of experience and is a registered architect with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University and Master of Management from Northwestern University. He is currently a member of the Society of College and University Planners, the US Green Building Council, the AIA Center for Integrated Practice Leadership committee, the AGC Industry Advisory Council and is Past President of the Board of the Construction Owners Association of America.

David Bodenschatz, Senior Engineer, KJWW Engineering
Session:  Energy Optimization in a Performance-driven Culture: Lessons from the New Electrical & Computer Engineering Building at UIUC

Jeff Boldt, Principal / Director of Engineering, KJWW Engineering Consultants
Session:  Code Dread: Keeping up with ASHRAE and LEED

Jeff Boldt, PE, LEED® AP, HBDP  Jeff is a Principal and the Director Engineering at KJWW Engineering, a 450 person engineering firm. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in mechanical, fire protection, and acoustical design. Jeff leads both the Innovation and Quality initiatives at KJWW. Jeff is a voting member of ASHRAE’s 90.1 Energy Standard and a member of ASHRAE 189.1 Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings. On the 90.1 committee he chairs the working groups dealing with Healthcare, Hydronics, Elevators/escalators, and Duct System Leakage.  Jeff is an author of the Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Large Hospitals and of the AEDG for Small Healthcare Facilities. He has served as Project Manager and Mechanical Design Engineer on many award-winning projects; including the Agronomy Laboratory, which won the ASHRAE International Technology Award for the best HVAC system of the year and which was featured on the cover of the ASHRAE Journal. Jeff is a LEED accredited professional and received High-performance Building Design Professional accreditation in the first test that ASHRAE offered. He is registered in both mechanical and fire protection engineering. Jeff is a member of ASHE, ICC, SFPE, WHEA, the WHEA Code Committee, the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Code Council, and the Wisconsin Mechanical Code Council. Jeff is a frequent commenter on ASHRAE Standards 62.1 – Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality; and 170 - Ventilation of Healthcare Facilities. Jeff had articles published in 2012 in the ASHRAE Journal (How 90.1-2010 Will Affect Healthcare Facilities) and Engineered Systems (Acoustical Issues in Healthcare).  

Scott Bowman, National Sustainability Leader, KJWW Engineering Consultants
Session:  Code Dread: Keeping up with ASHRAE and LEED

Scott Bowman, PE, LEED AP, is a principal and corporate sustainability leader with KJWW Engineering Consultants. He has extensive experience in mechanical engineering design and overall project management. His specialties include direct digital controls, energy efficiency, sustainable design, LEED, and systems commissioning. He develops and maintains many of the firm's corporate initiatives, including commissioning, sustainable and LEED services. This gives him unique insight as he has been involved in or consulted internally on most of the firm's almost 90 LEED projects, ten of which are Platinum. As a Guest Expert for LEEDuser, he helps the many more professionals with their issues and questions. He speaks regularly on sustainability at national conferences around the country and provides regular training on multiple subjects within KJWW's 12-office firm.  

Jonathan Boyer, Principal, Farr Associates
Session:  Two Net Zero Projects, One Conclusion: From the Yannell Residence to Harmony House Animal Shelter

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University, Mr. Boyer's work is on the cutting edge of sustainable architecture. Environmentally sensitive designs have included community planning in Michigan, Colorado and New Jersey; earth-sheltered designs and innovative technologies; and transportation oriented design (TOD) building renovations, including the Center for Neighborhood Technology, one his five LEED Platinum-rated architectural projects. While past projects have ranged from daycare facilities, schools and theaters to the Sears Tower Sky Deck, recent projects include the conversion of the historic Sears, Roebuck and Company Power House into a LEED Platinum, 90,000 square foot high school and community center. In addition, Mr. Boyer designed Chicago's first energy producing, Net Zero Energy (NZE), LEED Platinum Yannell Residence, and Harmony House, the city's first NZE commercial building.

Stuart Brodsky, Associate Principal, Cannon Design
Session:  Innovation in Green School Design, Development + Operation: Case Studies of Successful K-12 Implementation

Stuart Brodsky has dedicated his 26 -year career at Cannon Design in Chicago to the design and planning of educational facilities. At a firm renowned for its K12 expertise, Stuart's projects have received national recognition by organizations such as the AIA, the Council for Educational Facility Planners and the American Association of School Administrators. He serves on the advisory board for the Green Schools National Network, and is a member of the USGBC Illinois Board of Directors. Stuart has taught extension courses on Green Schools and lectures frequently to community and professional organizations on sustainability.

Stacy Campbell-Viamontes, Attorney At Law, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Session:  Understanding the Latest ADA Standards for Accessibility - and What They Mean to You

Practice Areas Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Premises Liability  Education J.D., cum laude, The John Marshall Law School, 2010; Member, The John Marshall Law Review B.S., Agricultural Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000  Admissions Illinois (2010) U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2010) U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (2012)   Stacy Campbell-Viamontes Associate, Chicago 312-704-3180    Practice Focus and Client Representations Stacy Campbell-Viamontes is a Chicago-based attorney in the Defense Litigation Practice of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. She defends clients in a broad range of business and personal injury matters and litigates cases involving corporation and partnership disputes, construction law, products liability and transportation law. She handles all aspects of litigation and has experience briefing appeals for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Supreme Court.  Professional Background Ms. Campbell-Viamontes joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as an associate in October 2010. Previously she was a summer associate with the firm in 2009. During law school Ms. Campbell-Viamontes served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Michael T. Mason, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and also to the Honorable Richard J. Elrod, Cook County Circuit Court – Law Division. She also served as a legal extern with the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, in Chicago. Ms. Campbell-Viamontes was a founding member and the first President of the John Marshall Law School Disability Law Organization (DLO).  Prior to her legal career, Ms. Campbell-Viamontes worked in business-to-business sales for a number of companies in Chicago, including WorldCom and Euromonitor International. In September 2012, she was selected to Just The Beginning Foundation’s “20 Under 40 List.” Ms. Campbell-Viamontes is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL). In 2012, Ms. Campbell-Viamontes was appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Disability Law.  Publications and Presentations Ms. Campbell-Viamontes assisted in the research and editing of “Staying Private Avoids SEC, but Not All Regulation,” an article authored by Hinshaw partner, Matthew J. O’Hara, and published in Business Torts Litigation, Volume 19, No. 3, Spring 2012. Her publications include “The Time to Think About ADA Compliance is NOW!” published on, July 2012. Her presentations include “Are You Up to Date? ADA Standards for Accessible Design,” for the American Institute of Architects, in Chicago, Illinois, April 2012. Community Service Activities Ms. Campbell-Viamontes is President of the 2012-2013 Young Professionals Board for the Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) and is a member of the 2013 CDEL Winter Benefit Committee. Ms. Campbell-Viamontes also volunteers her time mentoring incoming and existing law students at The John Marshall Law School. 

Jenny Carney, Principal, YR&G
Session:  Navigating the World of Existing Building Certifications: LEED EB: O&M, Green Globes CIEB, and BOMA 360

Jenny Carney Principal, LEED AP O+M  Jenny is a Principal at YR&G. She heads up YR&G’s Performance & Operations Team and manages the Chicago office. In that role, Jenny oversees YR&G project work related to sustainability strategy development, performance-based benchmarking, corporate sustainability programming, reporting and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) certification. Jenny has extensive experience helping clients engage key stakeholders, gaining their support while also developing meaningful sustainability goals and strategies based on technical analysis.  Jenny has been deeply involved in the development of the LEED-EBOM Rating System, dating back to the initial pilot phase in 2004. She has served as a primary author of the v2.0, v2008, v2009, and v4 Reference Guides, and helps shape the evolution of the program through her work on USGBC various committees. She currently chairs the Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (SS TAG) Jenny frequently delivers presentations and trainings pertaining to green buildings, sustainability, and LEED to local, regional, national, and international audiences. Prior to joining the green building community, Jenny worked as a terrestrial ecology and climate change researcher, environmental program developer and manager, and community-based environmental outreach specialist.  Accreditations and Affiliations  LEED AP O+M Legacy LEED-AP (NC v2.1) Chair, USGBC Sustainable Sites TAG (Technical Advisory Group) Member, USGBC Nominating Working Group Member, Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Technical Core Committee Member, USGBC Technical Committee Member, USGBC-Illinois Chapter Education & Research Committee Technical Expert, LEEDuser, a LEED guidance tool developed in partnership with BuildingGreen USGBC-IL Board of Directors.


Rick Carter, Senior Vice President, LHB
Session:  Regional Indicators Initiative: Utilizing Citywide Metrics to Create Sustainable Cities

Richard A. Carter, FAIA, LEED Fellow Senior Vice President Rick is the Senior Vice President in LHB’s Minneapolis office where his primary responsibilities include business development, project leadership, and sustainable design on major projects. He has 25 years of experience with LHB and five years with a Washington, D.C. architecture firm and he specializes in sustainable design.    Rick works extensively on issues of sustainable design by promoting improved indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and resource efficiency.  Rick co-founded LHB’s Green Team in 1992, a multi-discipline team dedicated to incorporating sustainable design techniques into all projects.  He helped develop the Hennepin County/Minnesota Sustainable Design Guidelines and currently manages the Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) Project including execution of sustainable guidelines for the State of Minnesota. Rick is an adjunct faculty member and teaches a graduate-level sustainable design course at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design in the Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program. Rick was a member of the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group and a co-chair for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Mayor’s Green Manufacturing Initiative.  Speaking Engagements City of Minneapolis, Environmental Commission, Rick Carter presentation on Regional Indicators Initiative, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 3, 2013 Central Community College: Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series, Rick Carter and Elizabeth Turner presentations on Designing for Sustainable Communities, Hastings, Nebraska, March 5, 2013 City of Rochester: Public Meeting, Rick Carter presentation on Regional Indicators Initiative, Rochester, Minnesota, February 28, 2013 AIA and SB 2030 Sessions, Rick Carter presentation on “The power of target and load reduction”, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 8, 2013  Publications  “Plugload and Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030” Rick Carter blog on Center for Energy and Environment website, November 13, 2012 “Effort aims to help Minnesota cities get greener” Rick Carter interviewed by Finance and Commerce. November 13, 2012 “National honors for a green building guru” Rick Carter interview regarding his career involving sustainable/green practices, Finance and Commerce, September 26, 2011   ? Project Experience • MN Department of Administration Buildings, Benchmarks & Beyond (B3) Project; Saint Paul, MN • Regional Indicators Initiative, ULI MN; Statewide, MN • Sage Electrochromics, Inc. HVM-1 Manufacturing Plant; Faribault, MN • Quality Bicycle Products Corporation Headquarters and Distribution Center, LEED-NC Gold Certified, 135,000 sq. ft. addition; Bloomington, MN • National Eagle Center; Wabasha, MN • Mississippi Market; Saint Paul, MN • Bassett Creek Valley Eco-Industrial Master Plan; Minneapolis, MN • Richfield Demonstration House; Richfield, MN  Registration • Licensed Architect in Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, and Wisconsin • Certified Interior Designer in Minnesota  Accreditation  U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)  Honor • Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) • Fellow of the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design  Affiliations • Past President, AIA Minneapolis Chapter  • Past President, U.S. Green Building Council Mississippi Headwaters Chapter Board of Directors  • Green Communities, Charrette Facilitator  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota   Education Bachelor of Architecture, University of Minnesota 

Michael Cervay, Director of Community Development,City of Cincinnati
Session:  LEED Tax Abatement for Homes and Commercial Building Projects in Cincinnati

As the City of Cincinnati's Director of the Department of Community Development, Michael Cervay is responsible for overseeing market-rate and affordable housing programs, the department's human services division and the code enforcement division. He also oversees the workforce development and neighborhood support programs. Cervay has experience with the implementation of Capital Grant Programs, HOPE VI Demolitions and Revitalization Grants and managing other grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He successfully prepared the $1.9 million HOPE VI Demolition Grant application for the clearance of a 250-unit development on 29 acres in Indianapolis. Additionally, he wrote the $16.8 million HOPE VI Revitalization Grant awarded for mixed-finance redevelopment of that site for 165 units of rental housing, 52 sites for home ownership, a community center and convenience retail.    Before serving the City of Indianapolis, Cervay was the Assistant to the City Manager for Economic Development in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and the Director of the Division of Planning and Development in Gary, Ind. Additionally, he has served as the Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, and worked for the City of Cincinnati as a Community Assistance Officer from 1974 to 1980.

Kristine Chalifoux, Director of Management and Operations, Smart Energy Design Assistance Center(SEDAC)
Session:  Innovation in Green School Design, Development + Operation: Case Studies of Successful K-12 Implementation

Kristine Chalifoux is a licensed architect who has spent much of her career working with energy efficiency and sustainable buildings. She holds a BA from Clemson University, a B Arch from University of Arizona, and an MBA from the University of Illinois. She has worked as a Director of the Environmental program at the American Institute of Architects and was a partner in the energy and sustainability consulting firm, ENSAR Group, in Boulder Colorado. Kristine has worked on many projects around the United States including the Greening of the White House during the Clinton Administration and the first straw bale house in Urbana, Illinois. As the Director of Management and Operations for SEDAC, Kristine consults with businesses throughout the state to help them reduce their energy use and coordinates the operations of SEDAC between staff, contractors, the State of Illinois, and clients. Kristine is also a member of the Board of Education of Champaign Unit 4 schools.

Norman Christopher, Director of Sustainability, Grand Valley State University
Session:  Local Food Production and Urban Agriculture as LEED Credit

Norman Christopher is a seasoned executive in various management capacities including President, CEO, and COO responsibilities. He has helped improve business performance at Dow Chemical, Olin Corporation, Lubrizol Corporation and Haviland Enterprises in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Currently, he is Director of the Sustainable Community Development Initiative for Grand Valley State University. Mr. Christopher has a BA from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He also completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University. Mr. Christopher is also active in the Grand Rapids community. He is past chairman of the Family Owned Business Council, a 2000 graduate of the Leadership Grand Rapids Class, and assisted in the formation of the Community Sustainability Partnership in Grand Rapids. He also serves on several boards and advisory groups including the: City of Grand Rapids Sustainability Advisory Team, Seeds of Promise, Michigan Chemistry Council, the Grand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership, NSF Joint Committee on Sustainable Business and Industrial Furniture, and the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Commerce.  Mr. Christopher was also appointed to serve on Governor Granholm’s Michigan Climate Action Council.  Mr. Christopher has also contributed articles and papers to various journals, periodicals and books including Sustaining Michigan: Metropolitan Policies and Strategies, Michigan State University Press. He is also the author of the book Sustainability Demystified! - A Practical Guide for Business Leaders and Managers. He’s also an adjunct faculty member in the Seidman College of Business at GVSU. 

Cheryl Ciecko, Midwest Region Director, WoodWorks USA / The Wood Products Council
Session:  Materials Matter - Innovative Design with Wood

Cheryl A. Ciecko is a licensed architect specializing in sustainable design issues, building science and innovative uses of wood materials. She is President of CCG + Architects, Inc. and Midwest Region Director for WoodWorks. WoodWorks is a non-profit initiative of the Wood Products Council which provides technical resources, assistance and continuing education programs regarding the use of wood structure in commercial and multi-family projects. A member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) in Illinois, Cheryl is also an member of AIA, a LEED AP as well as a Green Globes Professional (GGP) and has presented on wood and sustainable design issues to hundreds of architects and engineers around the United States. Other presentation and consulting topics include moisture, forestry, fire, durability, and innovative wood materials and structural systems. With over 25 years of experience, Cheryl has been involved in a wide variety of project types from high-rise and mid-rise structures, to retail and single-family projects. She has a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Illinois in Champaign- Urbana, with High Honors, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.  

Joseph Clair, Advocate, Activist, Advisor, Joseph F. Clair, P.E.
Session:  Innovation in Green School Design, Development + Operation: Case Studies of Successful K-12 Implementation

Joseph F. Clair is an independent advocate and activist for community stewardship, working with individuals and community leaders to make neighborhoods more resilient. Previously, he served as the Director of Campus Energy and Sustainability for IIT implementing a strategic vision and plan for the institute and serving as the implementation project manager for Perfect Power/DOE - one of the first smart-grid projects in the country. Prior to his work at IIT, Joseph served as the Managing Engineer for Chicago Public Schools, overseeing the energy efficiency of new building design and working with building engineers to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings. During his time there, CPS decreased energy use in new building designs by over twenty-five percent, and became the largest purchaser of renewable energy in the state. Throughout his more than twenty years in the building industry, Joseph's respect for the knowledge, skills, and contribution of all members of the construction and building operation team has allowed him to build bridges between traditionally adversarial groups, resulting in improved building performance. Joseph has also served as the 2009 Chapter Chair for USGBC-Illinois (Chicago), and as one of its founding board members.

Abigail Clary, Vice President & Regional Director, Healthcare, HDR Architecture, Inc.
Session:  Transforming Medicine at the Community Level: Creating a Healthcare-based Mixed-Use Development in Southwest Chicago

As the Regional Director of Healthcare for the Central Region, Abbie leads HDR's healthcare program in the Midwest. She brings more than 15 years of experience in healthcare architecture and is recognized as a thought leader within the organization, responsible for leading key national initiatives to drive new ways of doing business for both HDR and her clients. Abbie's comprehensive approach to building strategic teams develops novel solutions for difficult problems. She is an expert in the field of healthcare architecture, and through close collaboration with her teams, is able to better inform her clients about concepts that will impact healthcare now and in the future and how the physical environments shapes and affects care efficiencies and patient outcomes. She is dedicated to her clients and is known for her strong direction and support to ensure the delivery of quality projects and satisfied clients.

Ric Cochrane, Program Manager, Preservation Green Lab
Session:  Economic Revitalization Midwest Style: Program Strategies to Boost the Midwest Economy through Energy Efficiency & Sustainability.

As Program Manager for the Seattle-based Preservation Green Lab, Ric directs policy and research initiatives, including the City of Seattle model energy code project and the America Saves! initiative to deliver energy retrofits to small buildings and businesses. Prior to joining the Green Lab, Ric was Program Manager for King County GreenTools. Additional professional experience includes project management with O'Brien and Company, a sustainability consultant, and real estate development and project management with Catapult Community Developers. He holds Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Washington, and was a 2008 Fulbright to India Scholar.

David Cook RA , Principal Architect, CTLGroup
Session:  Preventing Failure in Exterior Walls:  Fewer Repairs, Longer Building Service Life

Mr. Cook is a registered architect with over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential construction, project design, structural evaluation and project management.  Prior to joining CTLGroup, Mr. Cook served as the Superintendent of Facilities Management for the City of Evanston where he managed capital improvements and operations for civic buildings and facilities and directed technical professionals during the execution of construction and repair projects. During his tenure with the city, Mr. Cook oversaw the construction of the first LEED Gold Certified fire station in Illinois.  Mr. Cook also worked as a senior architect and project manager for an engineering consulting firm for over 10 years. His responsibilities included identifying construction defects and evaluating building conditions, preparing plans and specifications for the repair and rehabilitation of deteriorated and historical structures, conducting plan reviews and building inspection, and making repair recommendations. 

Pamela Cooper Griesemer, Vice President, Sustainability Services, Keramida Inc.
Session:  Piloting the STAR Communities Index in Indianapolis

Ms. Griesemer holds a M.S. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Chemistry Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University.Ms. Griesemer is a qualified ISO Lead Auditor and a GBCI certified LEED Green Associate. Ms. Griesemer has completed coursework in Sustainability Management Systems and Life Cycle Assessment at Harvard University. She has two decades of combined experience in environmental technology and the implementation of International Standardization Organization (ISO)-based and British Standard (BS)-based management systems. Her technical experience includes solid oxide fuel cell technology research and development with Argonne National Laboratory, experimental simulation of surface reactions implicated for stratospheric ozone depletion, selection of analytical methods for soil and groundwater characterization, bioremediation technology development and scale-up for field applications, evaluation of novel combinations of bioremediation technologies with conventional remediation methods, program design of a CERCLA Chemical Dehalogenation Treatability Study for the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, environmental due diligence investigations in support of over a hundred real estate transactions, and programmatic environmental compliance support for industrial facilities. In her role as Vice President of Sustainability Services at KERAMIDA, Ms. Griesemer works with industrial, not-for-profit and municipal clients to develop and operationalize sustainability programs, and their accompanying suite of tools, designed to improve clients' performance and efficiency in areas such as health and safety, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, transportation choice and connectivity, stormwater management, green space and trails, urban forestry, and brownfield redevelopment. Her experience includes design of the critical elements of a high-functioning sustainability management system's approach to continual improvement such as risk-assessment and prioritization, standard operating procedure and work instruction development, action plan deployment and performance tracking, monitoring and measuring, internal and external reporting and auditing. She has applied this approach to support a large municipal client as they baseline, benchmark, report, track and improve upon their sustainability efforts as they pilot a certification program for North American cities and counties.

Terry Croad, Director of Planning, City of Southfield, Michigan
Session:  Improving Stormwater Management at a Major Midwest Technological University

Mr. Croad presently serves as the Director of Planning for the City of Southfield since August 2010. He has over 26 years of experience as a nationally certified planner and urban designer in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Croad previously served as vice president with McKenna Associates in Northville, consulting with numerous municipalities throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Prior to McKenna, he served as planner with the Department of Urban and Economic Development for the City of Utica, New York. In addition to his extensive urban design, landscape architecture and recreation planning experience, Croad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. He also has a strong background in zoning ordinances, downtown development, community master plans, community development projects, zoning, recreation planning, state and federal grant applications and programs, and special reports. Mr. Croad is married with 3 children ages 16, 19 & 22 and resides in Novi, MI. 

Peter Dahl, Lead Sustainability Specialist, Sebesta Blomberg & Associates
Session:  Post-occupancy Performance of LEED Certified Buildings in Minnesota: A Statewide Analysis

Peter K. Dahl, Ph.D., LEED AP In his role at Sebesta Blomberg, Peter leads project teams in achieving LEED certification for buildings and developing Climate Action Plans for colleges and universities. He also manages retrocommissioning projects to improve existing building performance, promote a healthy indoor environment, improve energy efficiency and conserve water. Peter earned his Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from Penn State. 


Ryan Dalgleish, Manager, Air Barrier Association of America
Session:  Building Airtightness - Managing moisture, Durability and Energy for High performance Buildings

Ryan Dalgleish has been involved in the building envelope and building performance areas of construction in both the commercial and residential sectors for close to 2 decades. Much of Ryan’s time is spent on technology transfer, organizational excellence and education. Ryan has been a trainer, facilitator and performed a number of management roles for close to 2 decades. Ryan also is involved in research, development of training curriculum, and helping industries increase their professionalism. Ryan obtained credentials in Adult Education, Leadership and Organizational Excellence from the University of Manitoba.  Ryan has also published a number of papers for design and construction magazines such as Journal of Building Enclosure and Design, Construct Canada and Interface. Ryan frequently speaks at various technical presentations dealing with the building envelope to various building official associations, city departments and building enclosure councils across Canada and the United States, American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute and a number of local home builder associations.  Ryan has also published a number of papers for design and construction magazines and is frequently a speaker at various technical presentations dealing with the building envelope. 

Matthew Darga, Commercial Operations Manager, Urban Land Interests
Session:  From Energy Hog to Energy Miser: Transforming the U.S. Bank Building, Madison, WI

Matthew Darga is the Director of Commercial Property Management for Urban Land Interests in downtown Madison.  In his role, Matthew has driven portfolio wide environmental stewardship initiatives.  The most notable is the dramatic turn-around of the US Bank Plaza Building on the Capital Square, which culminated in a LEED EBOM Gold certification in 2011.  Matthew also serves on numerous Boards, including the Madison Chapter of the International Facility Management Association, and the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance.

Dominique Davison, Managing/Founding Principal, DRAW Architecture + Urban Design, LLC
Session:  Sustainable Infill Housing - A Case Study in Kansas City, MO

Award-winning architect Dominique Davison is the founding principal of the Kansas City-based firm DRAW Architecture + Urban Design. Through forward-thinking collaboration with clients, Dominique uses her expertise, creativity and passion to craft truly inspiring spaces and places.   Driven to deliver quality results and successful projects, Dominique focuses on encouraging clients to practice open communication, voicing expectations and clearly defining goals and needs. Dedicated to issues of sustainability and social equity, Dominique endeavors to improve people’s lives through better design. Her commitment to a better, greener community is exemplified by her roles as a founding member of Women in Design Kansas City, a founder of the Ecological Urbanism Series, and a current board member of the Heartland Tree Alliance. She has been recognized regionally by the Mid-America Regional Council as a leader in sustainability and strives to maximize the resourcefulness of every project. Her firm’s work has been featured in Architectural Record, Dwell, EcoHome Magazine and Green Business Quarterly.  Dominique has worked on projects of all scales across the country. She shares her expertise and skills as a lecturer and studio critic at the University of Kansas, and previously, at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Before relocating to Kansas City, Dominique honed her design skills in the offices of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New Haven after earning her Master of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture. She received a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and launched her career working for Daniel Solomon FAIA. 

Geoff Diegan, President, WRD Environmental
Session:  Sustainable Senior Housing in South Chicago: Combining LEED with Active Green Environments at Victory Centre

Geoff founded WRD in 1997 to help organizations committed to sustainability realize their vision. Well-versed in green infrastructure approaches that help clients reduce cost, stretch budgets, create healthy environments and gain recognition, he plays a leadership and intermediary role on integrated design and development teams on some of the most visible projects in the Midwest region.  His cost consciousness and understanding of what constitutes feasible design drive WRD’s client services.  Believing that progress toward lasting ecological stewardship begins with children, Geoff has served as President of the Board of Directors of the environmentally-centered Prairie Crossing Charter School, in Grayslake, IL. 

Ann Dieter, Board President, Harmony House
Session:  Two Net Zero Projects, One Conclusion: From the Yannell Residence to Harmony House Animal Shelter

Ann Dieter has served Harmony House for Cats since 1980, 5 years as a staff member, and 28 years as a volunteer board member. Ms. Dieter was a member of the Building Committee for the new shelter, and represents Harmony House at meetings of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance. Since 1990, she has been employed as a Billing Supervisor at A. Eicoff & Company, a Chicago advertising agency.

Peter Dinschel, AIA CEU Point of Contact, Instructor, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
Session:  Health Care Best Practices for Construction in Occupied Facilities

Peter Dinschel is an Instructor at the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Carpenter Training Center. For 19 years he has taught union carpenter apprentices and journeyman in a wide variety of carpentry work areas; such as framing, trim, safety, computers, and architectural hardware. He is a 36 year member of Carpenters Local 1. He has been a residential and commercial carpenter; and an installer, foreman, Field Superintendent, and finally Construction Manager for Roman Woodworking, a small AWI member union millwork company. Pete is a Certified Institutional Locksmith. Pete is a 17-year member of both the Chicago and Northern Illinois Chapters of the Construction Specifications Institute, and long-time member of the International Code Council, Door and Hardware Institute, National Fire Protection Association, and Architectural Woodwork Institute. He frequently volunteers his time at CSI and DHI local and National events. Pete is currently the AIA CES Provider Point of Contact for both the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and the Northern Illinois Chapter CSI.

Daniel Dust, Chief Operating Engineer, Chicago Park District
Session:  Infrastructure and Building Automation Systems in Chicago Park District Facilities

Mickel Edwards, Facilities Engineer, Department of Corrections
Session:  Achieving LEED Gold for an Iowa Prison: A Unique Glimpse into the World of Sustainable Correctional Facilities Design

Coty Ekhoff, Associate, SmithGroupJJR
Session:  Energy Optimization in a Performance-driven Culture: Lessons from the New Electrical & Computer Engineering Building at UIUC

Coty Ekhoff, LEED AP, BD+C, is an Associate with SmithGroupJJR. She has a wide range of architectural design experience ranging from academic, civic, science and healthcare typologies at both the detail-oriented small scale and at an urban scale. Coty has a creative and explorative, idea-based design approach, constantly striving to develop innovative architectural solutions that enhance the lives of those who use it. Since joining SmithGroupJJR in 2008, Coty has led team members on design initiatives for clients across market segments. Her portfolio includes multi-million dollar projects for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Illinois Medical Center, Argonne National Laboratories, Advocate Health Care, to name a few. 

Rand Ekman, Vice President and Director of Sustainability, Cannon Design
Session:  Making the 'AIA Practice Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling In the Design Process' Work for Your Projects

RAND EKMAN, AIA, LEED Fellow Vice President Director of Sustainability at Cannon Design  Rand Ekman, AIA, LEED Fellow, is a Vice President and Director of Sustainability at Cannon Design, where he oversees sustainability within the firm’s projects and practice. Rand also leads the firm’s Sustainable Consulting Group, which provides clients, organizations and institutions with design assistance, building energy analysis, sustainable program management, LEED consulting and environmental standards development. Rand was the 2012 President of the AIA Chicago, a member of the USGBC Market Advisory Committee, has helped the AIA develop the 2030 Commitment reporting tool, and is a member of the AIA COTE Advisory Group. Rand has also participated in the development of the AIA's guidance document to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the AIA's Practitioners Guide to Energy Modeling. While Rand works on many projects striving for higher performance, of particular interest is driving broad based and measurable change on all project work across practice.  Rand has a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago following a BA in philosophy from UCLA. 

Karen Erger, VP Director of Practice Risk Management, Lockton Companies
Session:  Managing the Liability Risks of Sustainable Design: Advice from the Experts

In her role as Director of Practice Management at Lockton Companies, Karen provides risk management education and resources to Lockton's architecture, engineering, and construction clients. Drawing upon her background as a construction lawyer in private practice and a claim supervisor for a major professional liability insurance carrier, Karen develops and delivers risk management workshops and seminars that help Lockton's clients manage the risk inherent in professional practice. She is a popular speaker on topics related to practice management, risk assessment and mitigation, and professional ethics. Karen developed and now administers the Practice Management Survey process, a comprehensive assessment tool available to Lockton clients who wish to identify strengths and areas of potential improvement in their risk management practices. She is a prolific author of white papers and articles on risk management, and writes an award-winning bi-monthly column in the Illinois Bar Journal.

Brian Erickson, Principal, Pie Consulting and Engineering
Session:  Verification of Sustainable Building Envelopes

Brian is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states and a Registered Roof Consultant.  Brian specializes in building enclosure system performance consultation and testing in both new construction and forensic evaluations.  He has acted as the building enclosure commissioning agent (BECxA) on projects across the nation, coordinated the air barrier testing and diagnostic evaluation of one of the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities, and served as an expert witness in forensic failure analysis investigations. Brian served as a primary technical advisor to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the development of the USACE Air Leakage Test Protocol and continues to present nationally on building enclosure performance to the design, construction, insurance, and legal industries.  


Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President, AIA Chicago
Session:  The AIA 2030 Commitment: Creating a Culture of Change

Zurich Esposito is the executive vice president for AIA Chicago. With more than 3,000 members, AIA Chicago is one of the country's largest chapters of the American Institute of Architects. He is also publication director and contributor for Chicago Architect magazine and a member of the editorial advisory committee for The Architect's Newspaper. Esposito holds a Master's Degree in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He serves on the board of directors of the Ragdale Foundation and he is president of the board of directors of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative, a delegate agency of the City of Chicago focused on providing preservation and sustainability resources to Chicago homeowners. 

Ryan Evans, Director-At-Large, Board of Directors, Historic Green
Session:  Eye on Equity: Embracing Social Agendas at the Local Level

Ryan is a sustainability consultant and mechanical engineer for Henderson Engineers of Kansas City. Founder of the non-profit Historic Green in 2007, Ryan works to promote a pragmatic sustainability approach in historic neighborhoods distressed by natural or man-made disasters. What started as a student and young professional service-learning recovery effort in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward has since spread to neighborhoods in Kansas City and Minneapolis. Furthermore, Ryan has worked internationally promoting sustainability and preservation. His practice has led him to work around the globe on projects in Doha, Qatar, Gonaïves, Haiti, and Lilongwe, Malawi, where 'sustainability' means something very different.

Dan Fagan, Principal, Cannon Design
Session:  Renovation, Modernization, and Building Performance Enhancement in Two GSA Reconstruction Projects: The Dirksen U.S. Courthouse and the Klucynski Federal Building

William Fenton, System Director, Design and Construction, St. Vincent Health
Session:  Implementing LEED for Healthcare: Inpatient Expansion at St. Vincent Fishers (IN) Medical Center

Bill Fenton is the Director of Facilities, Design & Construction for St. Vincent Health, a 19 Hospital ministry that represents the Indiana Region of Ascension Health Systems. He has over 30 years of Facilities operations, Design & Construction experience with most of his career focused in the Healthcare industry.  He has been with St. Vincent for approximately 19 years. His responsibilities include negotiation and coordination of; Facility Planning, Operations, Design, Construction and Commissioning services for multiple projects on an on going basis. He is responsible for quality control and oversight of Capital spending for these renovation and construction projects. Bill has a Bachelors’ of Architecture degree from Ball State University and continues to improve his education with a focus on managing Healthcare construction. He is a registered Architect, a member of ISHE & ASHE and member of the Ascension Health, Facilities Advisory Council. 

Kirk Fernandes, Senior Project Manager, Capital Development Board
Session:  Energy Optimization in a Performance-driven Culture: Lessons from the New Electrical & Computer Engineering Building at UIUC

Carl Giegold, Partner, Threshold Acoustics LLC
Session:  Sound, Hearing, and the Built Environment - Listening for Better Architecture

Carl could be found haunting construction sites at the age of seven and by high school had settled on architecture as his pursuit. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from Virginia Tech in 1982, was licensed as an architect two years later, and specialized in acoustics in 1995 after exploring restoration, residential, and institutional architecture. He has carried design responsibility for many performance and educational buildings in the United States and internationally. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has presented his work at conferences held by the Acoustical Society of America, the Institute of Acoustics in the United Kingdom, and Ryerson University in Toronto. He has lectured architectural and acoustics classes at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Virginia Tech, Illinois Institute of Technology, The University of Illinois, and Cambridge University.

Debbie Goettel, Mayor, City of Richfield, Minnesota
Session:  Regional Indicators Initiative: Utilizing Citywide Metrics to Create Sustainable Cities

Linda Grabert, Lead Project Manager, GSA: Design & Construction Division (CCP)
Session:  Renovation, Modernization, and Building Performance Enhancement in Two GSA Reconstruction Projects: The Dirksen U.S. Courthouse and the Klucynski Federal Building

Marya Graff, Sustainability Consultant, Cannon Design
Session:  The AIA 2030 Commitment: Creating a Culture of Change

Marya Graff is a sustainability consultant at Cannon Design's Chicago office. With dual LEED-AP credentials of BD+C and O+M she is dedicated to advancing the understanding that building design and operational efficiencies are inextricably linked. An original member of the AIA Chicago 2030 Working Group, Marya worked on the development of the AIA 2030 Commitment Reporting Tool and assists with its upkeep and promotion.

Chris Green, President, Ago Studios, Inc.
Session:  Making the 'AIA Practice Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling In the Design Process' Work for Your Projects

Christopher J. Green, FAIA is the is the founding principal of Ago Studios, Inc., a small regionally based strategic architecture firm focusing on design and sustainable architecture for commercial, hospitality and energy efficient home designs for residential clients. Chris holds licenses in Washington State and Colorado, and is a LEED accredited professional. Chris has served as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Buildings Technology Committee (SBTC) representing The American Institute of Architects (AIA) on the effort charged with developing the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) – a joint effort of ICC, AIA and ASTM. He has been selected to serve as 2014 Chair of the ICC’s Energy and Water public hearing committee for IgCC code hearing cycle.  He served as the Vice Chair of the IGCC Public Hearing Committees charged with responding to public comments on Versions 1.0 and 2.0 of the IGCC. He has served on the IgCC Energy Modeling Task Force and Energy Modeling Practice Guide Workgroup for the AIA and currently serves on an energy modeling task force for the AIA informing national level energy modeling policies for the AIA. Mr. Green served as the 2010 - 2011 Chair of the AIA National Codes and Standards Committee. He served on the AIA National Licensing Committee for three years and was the 2008 chair responsible for reviewing AIA policy relating to the practice of architecture, licensure, integrated project delivery and sustainability issues relating to licensing’  He was the 2009 chair of the steering committee for a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) provided to the Eagle River Valley by The American Institute of Architects working with elected officials and the community to review and make recommendations for the sustainable future of the region. Mr. Green received the 2010 AIA Colorado Leadership Award for service to the members of AIA Colorado.  Additionally he was honored by the Colorado West Chapter as 2010 Architect of the Year. In 2009 Mr. Green received the AIA Colorado West President’s award for leadership on local, state and national levels to address advocacy and government affairs. Mr. Green has a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and a Master of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Mr. Green has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the University of Colorado College of Environmental Design.  He was appointed by the Town Council of Avon, Colorado as a Chair of the Avon Planning and Zoning commission for the review of town policy relating to planning and zoning issues.  Mr. Green was actively involved in the development of the Town's Comprehensive Plan and the plan for the redevelopment of the urban center of the Town of Avon. Mr. Green resides in the central Rocky Mountains where - when time permits - he can be found pursuing the wily native brown trout, enhancing his culinary skills or discreetly seated at 20th and Blake in Denver in support of America's past-time.   

Sherrie Gruder, Sustainable Design Specialist, University of Wisconsin Extension
Session:  Net Zero Energy Buildings In Mid-west Climates

Sherrie Gruder is a Sustainable Design Specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Sherrie provides statewide education and technical assistance on green building, sustainable energy strategies, and sustainable community development to Wisconsin communities, state and local governments and businesses. Sherrie is a LEED Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council, served two terms on its Government Core Committee and is on the board and Executive Committee of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance. Sherrie coordinates the US DOE State Energy Extension Partnership program for UW-Extension with the State Energy Office. She served on the renewable energy board of the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program and on the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence committees developing and implementing the Energy Independent Communities program. Sherrie is a member of the UW-Extension Sustainability Team and trained in Sweden on The Natural Step. Sherrie maintains several databases including Zero Net Energy Policies and Projects, WI LEED Certified Buildings, and Green Building Products Guide. Sherrie chaired the City of Madison Sustainable Design & Energy Committee, and co-authored and helped implement the blueprint to make Madison a green capital city.

Jeff Gruhn, Construction Executive, Mortenson Construction
Session:  Informing the Design + Construction of Healthcare Facilities through Simulation: BIM + VDC at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

With over 15 years of construction industry experience, Jeff is a Construction Executive and Healthcare Market Sector Leader for Mortenson Construction’s Wisconsin Operations.  In this role he ensures the successful completion of multiple healthcare construction projects by leading project teams in all aspects of building: establishing project goals, delivering design phase services, and providing comprehensive construction services including planning, organizing, and staffing projects.  Jeff has served as leader of healthcare projects throughout the Midwest for customers including Froedtert Health, Aurora Health Care, and recently the notable $632 million Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering and construction management from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  

Leah Guzowski, Building Energy R&D Program Lead, Argonne National Laboratory
Session:  Using New Construction to Inspire Energy Retrofits: Comparing Two Projects at Loyola University Chicago

Leah Guzowski is an energy policy scientist in the Decision and Information Science division at Argonne National Laboratory.  She leads the Building Energy Decision and Technology Research (BEDTR) program and the Energy Security team. Her current key research interests include the development of tools, methods and analysis to inform energy security from a dynamic systems perspective and urban systems integration modeling and visualization for complex decision making. In addition, she has expertise in strategically developing and leading cross disciplinary and cross institutional teams. Prior to joining Argonne, Leah’s work spanned private industry and international trade development and policy, with a focus on the research, development and commercialization of energy technologies. Leah graduated from Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She also studied economics and policy at the University of Oxford (UK).  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, a regional network designed to foster policies and programs supporting emerging technology and skilled workforce training and development. She has authored or co-authored dozens of related articles and is a frequently invited speaker at conferences across the country. 

Scott Hackel, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Session:  Realizing Daylighting Controls Savings Through Commissioning

In his role at the Energy Center, Scott has expert knowledge in advanced HVAC and lighting systems, and consults with architects and engineers on energy efficient building design. He also conducts applied research on various energy efficiency technologies through both field monitoring and extensive energy modeling. He also utilizes this knowledge to assist utilities in the development and implementation of efficiency programs. Scott holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Certificate in Energy Analysis and Policy. He is an active member of ASHRAE and USGBC at both the local and national levels, and serves on the ASHRAE Technical Committee for Geothermal Energy Utilization. He has been able to utilize this background to create educational materials as well, authoring articles and giving seminars on topics from effective geothermal design, to passive building design, to financial analysis of energy systems. Prior to working at the Energy Center, Scott spent two years as a research assistant at the University of Wisconsin - Madison conducting research on ground-source heat pump systems. Previously, he had a brief stint in the design field, focusing on design of sustainable systems. In 2011, Scott was named to the 40-under-40 List by Consulting-Specifying Engineer.

Christopher Haite, PE , Supervising Civil Engineer, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Session:  Preventing Failure in Exterior Walls:  Fewer Repairs, Longer Building Service Life

Christopher Haite obtained BS degrees in both Civil Engineering and Architecture from The University of Michigan in 1991 and a Masters in Project Management from Northwestern in 2001.  Mr. Haite has worked as an engineer for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation of Greater Chicago since 1992 in both the Construction and Design Divisions.  Currently Mr. Haite is the head of the Program Management section tasked with ensuring that projects are run as efficiently as possible.  Initiatives include: Best Practices meetings to learn what works well and should be implemented across all projects, constructability reviews of upcoming contracts to ensure the designs are biddable, designing reports in the District’s electronic management software to allow managers quick access to data.

Sandra Hall Henry, Energy Doctor and Program Manager, ComEd
Session:  Assessing Building Energy Costs: The Benefits of Energy Modeling to Building Owners

Sandra Hall Henry is the program manager of ComEd's Energy Efficiency Portfolio, and also serves as one of ComEd's Energy Doctors. With more than 20 years of experience, Henry is responsible for the management of ComEd's Smart Ideas for Your Business New Construction program. Since June 2009, the program has engaged more than 325 commercial new construction and major renovation projects totaling 51 million square feet, with an estimated 104,000 MWh annual savings. The program provides technical assistance such as energy modeling and financial incentives to support architects, engineers and building owners in achieving high performance building design in Chicago and northern Illinois.  Prior to joining ComEd, Henry developed and implemented energy-efficiency programs for other electric and gas utilities. She has also worked as a consultant, specializing in retro-commissioning, heating, cooling, ventilation and process/industrial efficiency. Henry is an elected regional director of the Illinois Chapter USGBC. She is also an LEED Accredited Professional. Henry has a bachelor';s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. 


Terri Haymaker, Director, Department of Planning, Public Building Commission of Chicago
Session:  How a Sustainability Program Can Benefit Municipal Stakeholders in Terms of Resilience and Performance

Terri Haymaker: Director of Planning Public Building Commission of Chicago. Terri Haymaker is the Director of Planning for the Public Building Commission. As the Director of the Department of Planning and Project Resources, she is responsible for the activities of all PBC projects during the planning and pre-development phases, including overseeing the site planning and due diligence, programming, land acquisition and site control, and conceptual design efforts. She also manages a team of subject matter experts responsible for environmental assessment and remediation, geotechnical evaluation, sustainability goals and LEED certification, public and private utility coordination, public right-of-way amendments, zoning and code compliance for all project phases through construction and project closeout. During her four years at the PBC, she has managed the planning and pre-development process for projects totaling over $ 2 billion in total project costs, including new schools, libraries, park district fieldhouses, campus parks, fire stations and police stations.  Before joining the Public Building Commission in April 2008, Ms. Haymaker was the Deputy Commissioner for the Central District in the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development. Her responsibilities included leading a team of project managers in the planning and economic development activities of the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Because of the diverse nature of Downtown, this included a wide variety of activities, including land use and community planning, infill redevelopment projects, business attraction and retention, design review, and zoning. Ms. Haymaker joined the Planning Department in 1998. Prior to her Central District role which began in 2001, she led the overall planning and redevelopment efforts for the Near South Area, including initiating new development and evaluating new private development proposals.  Prior to working for the City of Chicago, Ms. Haymaker was the Executive Director of the Greater Northwest Development Corporation, managing the community-based redevelopment of a commercial district on the northwest side of Chicago. She has received her Masters of Urban Planning and Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago. Ms. Haymaker is a member of American Planning Association, AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners), Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha-International land economics society, Friends of Downtown, Metropolitan Planning Council, and Women in Planning + Development.

John Hazlett, Manager-Water Footprinting Services, Williams Creek Consulting Dual
Session:  Benefit Sustainability Strategy: The Water - Energy Nexus

Mr. John Hazlett is a Program Manager with 10 years of experience working in energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and wet weather management. Prior to joining Williams Creek Consulting, John formerly was the Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Indianapolis, where he led the implementation of the Mayor’s SustainIndy Initiative and secured over $18 million in federal grant funds for various sustainability projects. John also developed and managed the City’s Sustainable Facilities Initiative, energy and water conservation retrofit of 61 City facilities highlighted by a deep energy retrofit of the 50 year old City County Building that earned the EPA ENERGY STAR label. John’s extensive experience includes working not only in the Midwest but also for municipal and county government in Portland, Oregon in stormwater management and helping industrial and commercial customers meet their internal sustainability goals through facility audits. John holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University with a specialization in Environmental Planning.

Susan Heinking, Sustainability Leader, VOA Associates, Inc
Session:  A New Post-occupancy Evaluation Process at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL
Session:  The Chicago Commercial Building Retrofit in Action

Ms. Heinking is the Director of Sustainability for VOA Associates, Inc. In this role she is responsible for establishing and managing all sustainable aspects of every project. Ms. Heinking coordinates sustainable design efforts with project teams through all design phases. She works with public and private sector clients on tenant fit-out projects, individual buildings, campuses, real estate portfolios and city master plans. Her expertise is in Existing Building retrofits and participates in the Chicago Retrofit Initiative, Chicago Green Office Challenge, the AIA 2030 Chicago Committee and the Illinois Plumbing Green Code Steering Committee. Ms. Heinking holds a M.ARCH from the University of Oregon and a BS in Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University. She is also a licensed architect in the state of Illinois.


Daniel Hellmuth, Principal, Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects
Session:  Dual Benefit Sustainability Strategy: The Water - Energy Nexus

Daniel F. Hellmuth, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB Principal  Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects, LLC  Biography Daniel Hellmuth, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, is a principal and co-founder of Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects, L.L.C. and has extensive experience in Sustainable Design in addition to over twenty-seven years experience in municipal, housing, education, historic preservation, and transit and transportation projects. Dan was part of the original steering committee that established the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter and served as the first chairman and recently served as Chair on the Higher Education Advocacy Committee. Currently he heads up the Development Committee of the Park Central Development Corporation where he is working on a Sustainable Form-Based Code for the Central West End as well as a Green Streets project for Euclid Avenue. Dan served as project architect on one of the world's first Living Building Challenge certified projects, awarded by the International Living Future Institute. He speaks regularly across the country on various sustainable design and planning themes. He was appointed as an AASHE STARS Technical Adviser. Dan has taught as an adjunct professor at the Architecture School at Washington University in St. Louis where he lectured on Climate and Light and at the Civil Engineering School at St. Louis University where he lectured on Sustainable Community Redevelopment, Case Study - Forest Park Southeast.  


Mark Hieber, Landscape Architect, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Session:  Improving Stormwater Management at a Major Midwest Technological University

As a steward of the land, Landscape Architect Mark Hieber is focused on creating ecologically sound, sustainable environments that join people to the places where they live, work and play.  Mark is a United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited professional, an expert in sustainable site design and innovative stormwater management. With over 25 years of experience in landscape architecture, Mark’s broad practice ranges from land planning, master planning, urban design, wayfinding and identity strategies to detail design; he has led multi-disciplined planning teams for many successful projects throughout the country. Mark has been responsible for the development of planning strategies for campuses of many types as well as site-scale design, construction detailing, and planting design.   Mark believes that through thoughtful planning and design, successful Places are created that integrate built elements for people into the supporting environmental fabric of nature. Mark routinely speaks on the topic of sustainable design, particularly focused on sustainable sites and innovative stormwater management.   Additionally, for ten years, Mark taught college courses at Lawrence Technological University’s School of Architecture,  that focused on bringing an understanding and appreciation for the land to young students of building architecture. 


Jennifer Hirsch, ICA-USA Fellow, Sustainability & Diversity Specialist,The Institute of Cultural Affairs, USA  
Session:  Retrofitting Engagement: Using Buildings as Springboards for Creating Sustainable Communities

Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D. is an applied anthropologist specializing in sustainability, cultural diversity, community development, coalition-building, and experiential education. She is recognized internationally for fostering grassroots participation in sustainability planning and projects. Jennifers work co-leading the community engagement initiative for the Chicago Climate Action Plan resulted in four major regional and community programs totaling over $27M and involving approximately 100 community, business, nonprofit, and government partners and is showcased as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Energy. As a Sustainability and Diversity Specialist, Jennifer regularly advises and presents on sustainability and community development. Clients include the University of Illinois at Chicago, the U.S. Green Building Council, and The Garrison Institute, among others. Jennifer holds Fellow appointments with The Field Museum, The Institute of Cultural Affairs/USA, and The Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.

Terrell Hoagland, Director of Sustainable Projects, Flintco, LLC
Session:  Setting Your "Sites" on Green Building: The Contractor's Approach to Sustainable Construction

Terrell Hoagland attended both University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University and is the Director of Sustainable Projects for Flintco Construction. He is LEED AP BD+C, Green Advantage Certified, NREP Sustainable Initiatives Professional, Chair of the USGBC Oklahoma Chapter, Member of ABC’s National Green Building Committee and Founder of Tulsa’s Green Building Strategy Team.   He has spearheaded Flintco’s own internal greening initiatives including participation as a pilot firm in ABC’s Green Contractor Certification Program, implementation of electronic document management procedures and consults on LEED Certified projects company wide. He currently teaches multiple educational programs such as Green Advantage, Sustainable Construction Supervisor Training for NCCER and LEED Exam Prep for Green Associate plus the Building Design & Construction and Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance specialty tracks. 

Chauncey Hoffmann, Associate, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Session:  Healthy Housing: Balancing Comfort, Air Quality, Energy Efficiency & the Bottom Line
Session:  Sustainable Senior Housing in South Chicago: Combining LEED with Active Green Environments at Victory Centre

Chauncey offers over ten years of experience in the affordable housing market, with a focus on developing sustainable environments in addition to environments for senior populations. She is directly involved in all phases of project development from preliminary planning and documentation through construction completion. As a project team leader, Chauncey provides timely and cost-conscious solutions to facilitate the design and construction process without compromising the original intent of the project.  A firm-wide Sustainable Champion, Chauncey provides expertise in the LEED rating systems for New Construction and Schools, as well as the Living Building Challenge rating system, to her fellow co-workers as well as her clients. She believes that sustainable design should be affordable design and promotes this sentiment throughout project design and development. Serving in the role of Project Architect for the Victory Centre of South Chicago, Chauncey led the multi-disciplinary team from the early stages of the Planned Development process through the construction completion of the second phase of Independent Senior Apartments.

Angela Hurlock, Executive Director, Claretian Associates
Session:  Retrofitting Engagement: Using Buildings as Springboards for Creating Sustainable Communities

Angela Hurlock, Executive Director, joined Claretian Associates in 2004 and is responsible for guiding the non-profit agency that provides affordable housing and services, safety programs, hunger relief advocacy all within the South Chicago community. Angela previously served as the Senior Director of Real Estate Development for Bethel New Life, a non-profit on Chicago’s West Side. She worked as a Project Manager and Architect for design and architectural firms in Chicago. Angela holds Masters Degrees in Architecture and Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has completed the Urban Developers Program co-sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Rehab Network. In 2010, Angela received a Green Award from Chicago Magazine. In 2009, Fifth Third Bank honored Angela as a leader making a difference in celebration of Black History Month. Chicago Public Radio named her one of 15 individuals chosen as their 2009 Chicago Visionaries in its Chicago Matters series. She also received a Neighborhood Leadership Award from Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. She serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Rehab Network and also serves on the Board of Directors of the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce.  She is the Beat Facilitator for Chicago Police Department’s 4th district Beat 424. Angela is a proud resident and homeowner in South Chicago.

Dave Ivey, BIM Manager, HOK
Session:  Integrating Environmental Analysis into a BIM Workflow: Utilizing the HOK Design Analysis Methodology

 David J. Ivey, LEED AP, is a Senior Associate and buildingSMART Manager with HOK. Working within the Chicago office, David coordinates BIM, buildingSMART, and IPD related activities in all practice areas and focus groups, and leads the strategic direction in these areas. David is also founder and leader of the Chicago BIM-IPD Group, which meets monthly to discuss BIM and IPD as they relate to AEC firms, and those associated with the AEC industry. David is also a frequent BIM seminar speaker at Universities and organizations, representing the Architect’s perspective.


James Jerozal, Managing Director - Energy Efficiency, Nicor Gas
Session:  Economic Revitalization Midwest Style: Program Strategies to Boost the Midwest Economy through Energy Efficiency & Sustainability.

Jim Jerozal is the Managing Director of Energy Efficiency and is responsible for development and implementation of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program. Jim started with Nicor Gas in 2002 as the Compliance Manager and previously General Manager of Environmental Health and Safety with past responsibilities for all environmental, code compliance, pipeline safety and sustainability initiatives. Jim has served on the Illinois State-wide Climate Change Task Force, and has held leadership roles and participated on various American Gas Association committees. Currently, Jim is the Chair of the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council where he has served for five years, prior to that four years as the Corporate Council Vice-chair. He holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from Syracuse University in 1988.  Jim and his wife reside in Geneva, IL and have two children. 
Anna Jetmore-Vargas, Director, City of Indianapolis - Office of Sustainability
Session: Piloting the STAR Communities Index in Indianapolis

Carl Johnson, Senior Project Architect, BSA LifeStructures
Session:  Implementing LEED for Healthcare: Inpatient Expansion at St. Vincent Fishers (IN) Medical Center

Carl is a healthcare architect at BSA LifeStructures and serves as one of the firm’s thought leaders in community healing environments. He has over 16 years of healthcare design experience providing a broad spectrum of planning, design, and construction administration services managing the design process from inception to completion. Carl has a Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois. He is a registered architect licensed in Indiana and Illinois.

Keelan Kaiser, Architect, Serena Sturm Architects
Session:  The AIA 2030 Commitment: Creating a Culture of Change

Keelan P. Kaiser is an educator and architect based in the Chicago area. He explores, along with students and colleagues, contemporary work through a lens of passivity and environmentally responsive design. He believes creating architecture that leads to improved quality of life and edifies the human spirit are among the highest callings of the architect. He has been involved with the specialized accreditation process of professional architecture programs for several years. He is a LEED accredited professional and has recently contributed to the completion of several LEED projects through the offices of Serena Sturm Architects, where he consults. He was involved with the American Institute of Architects (AIA)/Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) Carbon Neutral Design Studio Curriculum Project, an international education resource development initiative, developing and refining architecture pedagogy in conjunction with the 2030 Challenge. He contributes leadership to Serena Sturm in the AIA 2030 Commitment. Kaiser recently served as an invited juror for the AIA 2013 COTE top ten awards program.

Kurt Karnatz, President, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Session:  From Energy Hog to Energy Miser: Transforming the U.S. Bank Building, Madison, WI
Session:  Renovation, Modernization, and Building Performance Enhancement in Two GSA Reconstruction Projects: The Dirksen U.S. Courthouse and the Klucynski Federal Building

As President of ESD, Kurt Karnatz leads the Chicago-based consulting engineering firm by fostering a collaborative culture of global thinkers who are known for their innovative and performance-based approach in the creation of highly integrated and optimized sustainable solutions for the built environment. In his 30 years of experience at ESD as both a leader and engineer, Kurt has significantly impacted the development of the company into a world recognized and globally sought practice.  Through his approach of performance driven evidence-based design that responsibly optimizes the social, environmental, and economic goals of his clients’ projects, Kurt has developed strong, long-term relationships with clients such as BP, JPMC, Google, and Bank of America. The teams of professional engineers and consultants he leads focus on forward thinking, sustainable approaches that maximize efficiency, reliability, flexibility, longevity, and marketability – resulting in consistent measurable improvements to his client’s 'triple' bottom line.  ESD is a Chicago based professional consulting engineering firm that develops engineered infrastructure solutions for some of the world’s most progressive buildings such as Kingdom Tower (world’s tallest structure), Masdar Headquarters (world’s first large-scale net-zero energy office building), Rush University Medical Center Campus (the new hospital is nation's first facility designed to provide care for mass casualty patients involved in chemical, biological and radiological disasters) and University of Chicago Mansueto Library (a glass dome requiring exact temperature and humidity controls for preservation of 2000 year old documents). 


Robert Kelter, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Session:  The Role of Advocacy, Alternative Power & Incentives in the Era of Clean Energy

Robert Kelter is a Senior Attorney leading ELPC’s Energy Efficiency Program. Mr. Kelter advocates for stronger energy efficiency programs and implementation strategies in the Midwest and on national policies. He is an experienced energy and public utilities regulatory attorney, who served as the General Counsel of the Illinois Citizens Utility Board handling a wide array of electricity and natural gas rate and rulemaking cases and issues. Before then, he worked at Environmental Action and the Office of the People’s Counsel (Washington D.C.). J.D., University of San Diego, 1987; B.A., Indiana University, 1981.

John Kemp, Preconstruction Manager / Senior Estimator, Big-D Construction Setting
Session:  Your "Sites" on Green Building: The Contractor's Approach to Sustainable Construction

John Kemp received his Bachelors Degree from Brigham Young University in Construction Management with a minor in Business Management.  At Big-D Construction, John is a Preconstruction Manager / Sr. Estimator and is known for his attention to detail, complete bid packages and finding the right subcontractors to meet the project needs. He is always focused on the sustainable aspects of each and every project that he is involved with. His abilities in preconstruction set the precedence through management of schematic design estimates and project team meetings. This allows each building to be designed to-budget, with the sustainability goals in mind.  As a LEED AP, John is focused on the requirements for a project achieving LEED certification. He has worked on many LEED projects during preconstruction and value management sessions, analyzing LEED goals to ensure they are attainable. John continually seeks ways to implement sustainability efforts whether the project is seeking LEED certification or not. John leads preconstruction meetings with owners discussing their LEED objectives, focusing on creative ways to achieve their goals and desires. John then communicates these requirements in depth with subcontractors, reiterating the importance of and adherence to these goals.  John is also a member of Big-D’s Green Committee which spearheads Big-D’s own commitment to thinking green in considering the lasting impact our projects and our people leave on this planet. With over 50 LEED registered and certified projects, Big-D has sought to be a pioneer in green building construction and John’s involvement with the Green Committee has helped to bring that vision into a reality.   

Susan King, Principal, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Session:  The Role of Advocacy, Alternative Power & Incentives in the Era of Clean Energy

Susan F. King, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal with Harley Ellis Devereaux Architects, where she acts as the firm's National Sustainable Practice Leader, developing & implementing nationwide sustainable design policies.  An advocate for both attainable housing and green market transformation of the building industry, Ms. King is routinely invited to speak on these topics. As a principal she leads multidisciplinary teams towards achieving aesthetically appealing sustainable solutions in a collaborative integrated design setting. Susan is routinely invited to speak on topics of sustainable design. Well versed in multiple benchmarking systems including LEED, Green Communities Criteria and the National Green Building Standard, Susan recently served as a volunteer ambassador for the Living Futures Institute, the authors of the Living Building Challenge. In this capacity she was part of a unified voice “spreading the word about a path to a restorative future in the built environment.”

Steve Kismohr, Senior Technical Manager, MEEA | Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Session:  The Role of Advocacy, Alternative Power & Incentives in the Era of Clean Energy

Steven J. Kismohr, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is the Senior Technical Manager at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (or MEEA). As a membership-based nonprofit, MEEA works with a variety of stakeholders to promote economic development and environmental preservation by driving energy savings through efficiency. Steve'efforts primarily involve educating municipal, state, and commercial building owners to track their building energy use, creating benchmarking programs, and providing expert guidance on efficiency policies.

Jeremy Knoll, Founder, Board Chair, Historic Green
Session:  Eye on Equity: Embracing Social Agendas at the Local Level

Jeremy Knoll, LEED-AP (BD+C), a Project Manager with BNIM Architects and Co-Founder and Chairman of Historic Green, has a deep passion for exploring the intersection of sustainable design, cultural heritage, and social equity in both his volunteer and professional work. He has served as the primary sustainability and LEED consultant on dozens projects world-wide, and as a volunteer leader nationally, regionally, and locally for both the US Green Building Council and Historic Green. 

Ari Kobb, Director, Sustainability and Green Building Solutions, Siemens Building Technologies
Session:  Navigating the World of Existing Building Certifications: LEED EB: O&M, Green Globes CIEB, and BOMA 360

Priscilla Koeckeritz, President, EnergyPrint
Session:  Post-occupancy Performance of LEED Certified Buildings in Minnesota: A Statewide Analysis

Since co-founding EnergyPrint in 2008, Priscilla has amassed expert knowledge in the areas of energy data management, software development, and creating dynamic energy partnerships. Her particular passion: educating and equipping those in the building arena — building engineers, mechanical contractors, and real estate professionals — with simplified energy solutions. She has succeeded in aligning the company with other national providers in the building solutions market and promoting the use of macro level analytics to further efforts in sustainable building management.

Doc Kotecki, Account Executive, Energy Systems Group
Session:  Innovation in Green School Design, Development + Operation: Case Studies of Successful K-12 Implementation

Account Executive, responsibilities are focused on the K-12 and higher education markets in northern and central Illinois.Energy Systems Group has a long standing history in providing in-house engineering, design, project management, financing, training and guaranteed energy savings to our clients, meet with education administrators to understand their needs and match products and services to improve education environment for students, reduce energy and operating costs, and promote sustainability and "Green" buildings. Our team looks for cost effective, long term solutions for Higher Education, K-12 Schools, Healthcare, Local, State and Federal Government facilities. Industry experience - 37 years experience in commercial building temperature controls, building automaton and security. Involvement in industry organizations: Co-chairman of US Green Building Council Chicago Chapter - Green Schools, Member of IASBO -  sustainability Committee, Member of IASBO Designation Committee, IASA Member (Illinois Association of School Administrators), Ed-RED, Education experience;Illinois Valley Community College, BS ED Illinois State University, attended Keller Graduate School of Management, Schaumburg, IL , Awards: LEED AP, Personal: Married, four children, ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, Toastmasters International, MS150 Tour de Farms, woodworking and furniture building, bicycle riding, coach soccer, Published articles Illinois Association of School Business Officials UPDATE Contributor to IASB Good School Maintenance 4th edition; contributor to HJR45 Illinois House Joint Resolution -Moving Towards a Sustainable Future for Illinois Schools. Presentations to Illinois Community College Chief Financial Officials, US Green Building Council, Illinois Association School Business Officials, Illinois K-12 Education Symposium; Illinois Higher Education Symposium Feb. 2012 to Green Schools National Conference, Denver CO, Moving Towards a Sustainable Future for Illinois Schools; Personal guiding principle:every day is a field trip.

Ted Krasnesky, Manager of Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction
Session:  Healthy Housing: Balancing Comfort, Air Quality, Energy Efficiency & the Bottom Line

Ted Krasnesky is a graduate of the Architectural Engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  He has been working in the construction industry for over 30 years. His projects include College Libraries, Hospitals, Manufacturing Facilities, Commercial Office Buildings and Corporate Headquarters. He is currently the Manager of Sustainable Construction for Pepper Construction Company.  He became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2003, was the Chairman of the US Green Building Council Chicago Chapter North Northwest Branch 2008-2009, Chairman of the Pepper Construction Green Building Committee and was the Project Executive for the LEED Platinum Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center.  He regularly makes presentations on sustainable construction to students and professional groups including the USGBC Greenbuild Conference, USGBC Illinois Chapter, Society for Marketing Professionals and Greening the Heartland. He helped develop the “Going Green?  Do You Know Your ROI?” presentation which highlights the value of sustainable construction investments. 

Philip Krein, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Session:  Energy Optimization in a Performance-driven Culture: Lessons from the New Electrical & Computer Engineering Building at UIUC

Philip Krein holds the Grainger Chair in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His research addresses power electronics, and electrical energy, with emphasis on nonlinear control.  He is chair of the user committee for the new electrical and computer engineering building under construction on the university campus.  He helped initiate the IEEE International Future Energy Challenge student competition, and holds twenty-five U.S. patents.  In 2003, he received the IEEE William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics.  He is a past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS).  He is Chairman of the Board of SolarBridge Technologies, a developer of long-life integrated microinverters for photovoltaic panels.


Gary Kusnierz, Vice President of Performance Excellence, Ministry Health Care
Session: Measuring Building Performance, User Satisfaction and Financial Value across Energy, Carbon, Waste, and Materials

Gary A. Kusnierz, MSEM  Gary A. Kusnierz is the Vice President of Performance Excellence for Ministry Health Care in Appleton, Wisconsin.  In this capacity he leads Performance Excellence across 15 hospital of Ministry Health Care which comprise Wisconsin’s largest Catholic health care system.  He is also responsible for the design, development and construction of capital facility projects across Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System.  During his tenure, Affinity has completed ten LEED certified projects with LEED Gold being the highest rated, deployed Lean principles and Hoshin Planning across the system, and has completed over $300M in construction projects, most following an integrated project delivery.  Gary graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Masters in Engineering Management, and has over 25 years of healthcare and engineering experience.  Gary is the architect of a three pronged design approach implemented at Affinity Health System.   1. Lean Design – lean principles are being applied to provide highly effective designs that offer an easier, better, faster, less expensive solution and are part of an organizational cultural transformation where all employees are valued and can contribute to improving the patient experience. 2. Sustainable Design – consistent with the Affinity Health System mission and values, identifying and eliminating environmental waste provides greater alignment between regulatory / operational efforts and construction / sustainability initiatives.  3. Evidence Based Design – a rigorous research based process that enhances the patient experience by creating space that that reduces stress, enhances social support and creates a healing environment that offers patients, visitors, and staff a pleasant and relaxing experience.  Gary also holds Lean Lead and Lean Masters Certificates, and the Shingo Principles of Operational Excellence and Assessment, and is dedicated to the study, development, and implementation of Lean and Sustainable Principles in healthcare.  Gary Kusnierz and his wife Sue live in Combined Locks, Wisconsin.     

Ryan Larson, Architect, Shive-Hattery
Session:  Achieving LEED Gold for an Iowa Prison: A Unique Glimpse into the World of Sustainable Correctional Facilities Design

Ryan Larson, architect and graduate of Iowa State University’s Masters in Architecture program, believes that sustainability can be accomplished on any project.  For the past four years he has been involved in the design and construction of the 800-bed Iowa State Penitentiary, which is on track to achieve LEED Gold.  As an ecologist at heart, Ryan’s previous professions of wild land firefighter and wilderness guide provide a foundation of resiliency that he translates into the design world.  To Ryan, preserving the environment is just as important as preserving our communities and he enjoys working on justice projects knowing they will be present in our communities for years to come.  As a project architect at Shive-Hattery, Ryan’s main duties include leading multi-discipline teams of design professionals to blend a client’s requirements, sustainable design and budgetary constraints into a comprehensive project solution.   He is an active father of four and avid volunteer.  

Joyce Lee, Principal, Joyce Lee, FAIA, LEED AP
Session:  Local Food Production and Urban Agriculture as LEED Credit

Joyce Lee is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and one of the first LEED accredited professionals in New York City. In her two decades of public service, she served under Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg.  Joyce was the Chief Architect at the New York City Office of Management and Budget overseeing the survey of major city-owned structures and identifying opportunities in green design and development. In 2008, Joyce received the Public Architect Award from American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIA NY) for her 'committed environmental consciousness and extraordinary ability to bring sustainability theory and practice to the public realm'. In late 2010, she became the city’s first Active Design director creating a program at the Department of Design and Construction. Since moving to Michigan, she spearheaded the local American Institute of Architects Green Health program and has been selected to represent west Michigan in the National Leadership Academy on Public Health. Early in her career, Joyce founded the Committee on the Environment at the AIA NY and then served as the Chair of the national AIA Committee on the Environment. She contributed towards the development and market adoption of the nascent LEED green building rating system. Concurrently, during her tenure on the advisory committee of the Urban Land Institute New York District Council, she has expanded high school participation in ULI’s UrbanPlan program.    Joyce received her dual master degrees in architecture and real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was a grantee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and has lectured in the US and in China. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Platinum Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies and the Aga Khan Award from Harvard/MIT. 

Jennifer Leshney, City Engineer and Public Works Director, City of Lafayette
Session:  North Street Reconstruction and Integrated Stormwater Management

Luke Leung, Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
Session:  21st Century Chicago: Jobs, Energy, Transport, Water, Waste, Open Space, and Climate Change
Session:  The Chicago Commercial Building Retrofit in Action

Luke Leung is the Director of the Sustainable Engineering Studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP. His work included 3 of the current top 10 tallest buildings in the world, Nanjing Greenland Tower, Burj Khalifa and Jin Mao. The ranges of his work includes the LG Art Hall, one of the first displacement performing arts centers in the world, to the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest man-made structure with a first-of-its-kind stack effect control system. Selected projects also include the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Beijing Finance Street, Embassy of Ottawa, McCormick Place West Convention Center in Chicago, and a confidential geothermal project involving 2,400.  Luke is actively involved with numerous professional organizations. He is a Centennial Fellow from The Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering Department; a five times recipient of the "Excellence in Engineering" award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Illinois Chapter; Vice Chairman of the ASHRAE Committee on "Tall Buildings"; Chairman of the Building Pressure Committee, Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, member of AIA Large Firm Roundtable Sustainable Committee, Steering Committee for the first "Performance of Tall Buildings" conference with ASHRAE, member of Sustainable Committee with Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a Part Time Professor at IIT and a member of the Chicago Sister Cities Program with China.

Patrick Levar, Chief Operating Officer, Chicago Park District
Session:  Infrastructure and Building Automation Systems in Chicago Park District Facilities

JianHai Liang, Senior Project Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti
Session:  Supertall Buildings: The Evolution of Architecture + Structural Design in the Next Generation of the World's Tallest Buildings

Dr. Liang is a Senior Project Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti, a 700+ person privately held structural engineering firm. He has extensive experience in structural analysis and design of both concrete and steel structures for commercial high-rise buildings, institutional and industrial complexes. High on the list of the projects he had worked oninclude Shanghai Center Tower in Shanghai, PingAn International Finance Center inShenzhen, Wuhan Greenland Center in Wuhan, China; and Doha Convention Center in Doha, Qatar. His responsibilities include development of plans, details and sections of contract drawings from conception to completion and review of contractor's submittals for compliance to technical specifications. Dr. Liang holds a bachelor';s and a Master's degree in civil engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai, China. And he received his Ph.D in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

Vivian Loftness, Professor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Session:  Regenerative Design and the Living Building Challenge: An Interactive Discussion with Bob Berkebile, Vivian Loftness, and Ralph Bicknese

Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEEDAP, is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator in environmental design and sustainability, the integration of advanced building systems, climate and regionalism in architecture, as well as design for health and productivity. Supported by a university-industry partnership, the Advanced Building Systems Integration Consortium, she is a key contributor to the development of the Intelligent Workplace - a living laboratory of commercial building innovations for performance, along with authoring a range of publications on international advances in the workplace.   In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the USGBC, AIA COTE and AIA Communities by Design, Vivian has served on ten National Academy of Science panels as well as being a member of the Academy’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, and given three Congressional testimonies on sustainable design. Her work has influenced national policy and building projects, including the Adaptable Workplace Lab at the U.S. General Services Administration and the Laboratory for Cognition at Electricite de France.  Vivian Loftness received the 2002 National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students, a 2003 “Sacred Tree” Award from the US Green Building Council, a “Shades of Green” Award from the Green Building Alliance in 2009, and was elected to the Cosmos Club in 2007. Vivian Loftness has a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT. 

Chuck Lohre, President, Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy
Session:  LEED Tax Abatement for Homes and Commercial Building Projects in Cincinnati

Chuck Lohre is the second-generation leader of Lohre & Associates, a Cincinnati-based marketing communications agency with deep roots in the construction industry. In 2007, Chuck pursued a personal goal to learn more about green building, energy conservation and sustainability. Chuck earned his LEED AP status in 2007 and then joined the Cincinnati chapter of the USGBC to assist its marketing communication efforts. Chuck followed by creating Green Cincinnati, a division of Lohre & Associates to advocate for sustainable efforts and to educate the public about all aspects of green building. Green Cincinnati also helps others hoping to achieve LEED AP accreditation through LEED examination prep classes. Since then, Chuck planned a new office which received LEED Platinum, and registered his own residence as a LEED project. He also started a green newsletter with thousands of subscribers and continues to lead numerous tours of green buildings open to professionals and the general public. In the Queen City of the West, Chuck has come to be known as Mr. Green Cincinnati and is frequently asked to speak at events, contribute articles and comment on green efforts in the area for a variety of media. Chuck is an active member of the Cincinnati chapter of the USGBC and continues to contribute design, consulting and media services to the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati and its Green Learning Station.

Patty Looker, Healthcare Director, VOA Associates, Inc
Session:  A New Post-occupancy Evaluation Process at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL

Patty has been a Principal and leader of VOA's healthcare practice since 2003, responsible for strategy, oversight of healthcare projects, business development and client relations. She has over 30 years of management and consulting experience within the healthcare sector. She has led over 100 hospitals nationwide through strategic and project planning to achieve market leadership, quality healthcare delivery and improved margins. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a member of the Chicago Health Executives Forum (CHEF) and has Evidence-based Design Accreditation Certification (EDAC) from the Center for Health Design. She is also an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Prior to joining VOA, Patty spent 15 years as a consultant to hospitals nationwide, specializing in women's health and strategic planning regarding the healthcare market. She also consulted with over 50 nonprofit health and human service oraganizations in metropolitan Chicago, providing strategic planning and Board governance consultations. She has also run a network of clinics, providing direct patient service to over 10,000 patients. This combined experience gives Patty a unique perspective on healthcare architecture, public health and community health advocacy. She is the author of several articles and speaks at both local and national conferences on such topics as health services marketing, improved healing environments and the impact of healthcare reform. Patty has a masters degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Nasutsa Mabwa, Project Manager of Development, McCaffery Interests
Session:  Chicago Lakeside Development: Bringing LEED for Neighborhood Development to the U.S. Steel Works Site

Martin Maingot, Senior Engineer, CTLGroup
Session:  Preventing Failure in Exterior Walls: Fewer Repairs, Longer Building Service Life

Mr. Maingot has over 13 years of structural engineering experience specializing in new building design and construction, existing building evaluation and retrofit and constructability peer reviews. Additionally, Mr. Maingot has extensive experience in concrete evaluation and concrete mix design.  Mr. Maingot has been involved in design and evaluation projects for hospitals, parking structures, industrial warehouse facilities, office buildings, sports and entertainment venues, hotels and multi-use complexes across the United States, Mexico, Spain and theUAE. His design experience ranges from large, multi-story facilities to structural components including floor and roof slabs, foundations, columns, walls, building, envelope anchorage systems and flood protection systems.  Prior to joining CTLGroup, Mr. Maingot was a Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager at a structural engineering consulting firm focused on the design of large, urban buildings in high seismic zones. Work included concrete, steel, wood and masonry. Mr. Maingot is an internationally recognized author and presenter and is active on several industrial committees with professional registration as a Civil and Structural Engineer in multiple states. 

Peter Marchese, Senior Consultant, Microdesk
Session:  Integrating Environmental Analysis into a BIM Workflow: Utilizing the HOK Design Analysis Methodology

Peter Marchese is an Senior Consultant with Microdesk, providing support  to national AEC firms in implementing BIM. He also specializes in  providing implementation, custom content creation, consulting services,  customized training, and leading firms through the process of creating  standards and workflows based on building information modeling  technology. Prior to joining Microdesk, Peter worked at Architecture  firms working on residential, institutional, liturgical, and commercial  projects. He has managed projects throughout all phases from design  through construction documentation. Completed projects include several  laboratory/research buildings, residences, libraries, movie theaters,  and a processing and distribution center for the USPS. Peter has  extensive working knowledge of AutoCAD and Revit for construction  documents, presentations, animations, and renderings as well as sustainability tools like Vasari, Ecotect, Green Building Studios, and Energy +. He holds a  bachelor of science degree in Architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Randall Mattheis, Principal, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Session:  Guiding Principles of Highly Effective K-8 Design: A Case Study at the University of Chicago Lab Schools

Randall Mattheis, AIA, Principal at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, has a wide variety of design and project management experience that includes challenging projects in retail, showroom, education, public space, restaurant and commercial office. His research driven work explores the unique dynamic of the people who will experience built space and often develops unexpected solutions. His projects include brand wise public and retail spaces for Presidential Towers, Showrooms for Whirlpool Corporation, for Sixteen restaurant at Trump Tower Chicago, a flagship retail store for Garmin International and for Cole Haan in Chicago and New York City. Educational projects include the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the John G. Shedd Aquarium and Columbia College Chicago. Mr. Mattheis received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, with his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Randall is a Licensed Architect in Illinois, a member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Contemporary Arts Council. In 25 years, his work has brought multiple design awards and has been widely published. 

Maurya McClintock, President, McClintock Facades Consulting, LLC
Session:  Making the AIA Practice Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling In the Design Process' Work for Your Projects

Maurya has an extensive depth and breadth of experience of the built environment on 4 continents. She has designed buildings as a structural engineer, as a mechanical engineer, and as a engineer. Trained  as both an architect and an engineer, Maurya is able to bridge between  professions and has therefore been a key success driver for projects  that require seamless integration of form and function. Through  her years of project experience Maurya has fine-tuned a  Holistic-Faccedilade Design and Integrated, Low-energy Building Design  methodology, using performance simulation to influence early design  decision, and gained extensive experience in the nuances of it's  application on a variety of building types. Most  recently she has been invited by a number of software development  organizations to collaborate and advise on the advancement + enhancement  of building energy modeling software, specifically for architects. After 15 years with Arup, she  has recently started her own business providing faccedilade  design/engineering and sustainability consulting to Architects,  designers and related industry professionals. 

Manus McDevitt, Principal, Sustainable Engineering Group, LLC
Session:  Net Zero Energy Buildings In Mid-west Climates

Manus McDevitt, PE, LEED AP, a founding partner of Sustainable Engineering Group, provides commissioning. retro-commissioning and energy modeling services throughout the US. His firm is also recognized for their geothermal and solar systems design. Manus is currently a past-president of the Madison chapter of ASHRAE as well as serves as a committee chair for the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance.

Guy Medaglia, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Anthony Hospital
Session:  Transforming Medicine at the Community Level: Creating a Healthcare-based Mixed-Use Development in Southwest Chicago

Guy has an accomplished background in healthcare consulting, including executive management positions for an academic medical center and multiple urban community hospitals both freestanding and as part of a Catholic health system. During his career in the healthcare industry, he designed and implemented numerous strategic initiatives around expense improvement, product line evaluation and modification, revenue enhancement, quality improvement, physician relations and physician contract management. Guy has specialized in assisting senior management, boards of directors and creditors in the areas of operational restructuring and performance improvement assessment and implementation. Guy's experience also includes design, implementation and project management of supply chain, productivity and strategic planning initiatives for multiple client companies. Outside the healthcare industry, Guy participated in the financial turnaround of two regional retail chains, managed a system integration of two merged corporations, and led the acquisition and integration of two retail companies along with the consolidation of two corporate headquarters. 

Paul Todd Merrill, Director of Sustainable Construction, Clayco, Inc.
Session:  The Value of Energy Modeling During The Bidding Phase

Paul Merrill has presented and authored many articles on green building design and construction. Paul assists in the development the LEED GA, LEED AP and Clayco CMP program for employees, code officials, subcontractors, the design community and building owners. Clayco is a USGBC Education Provider. Paul has been actively involved in over 40 LEED certified projects the company has built. Paul currently serves as Membership Chairman of the Missouri Gateway USGBC chapter and is an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis and Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. Paul has presented at four Greening the Heartland events. Paul received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a registered professional engineer in six states.

Benjamin Meyer, Architect, E. I. DuPont
Session: Balancing Energy Efficiency and Durability

Benjamin Meyer, RA, LEED AP®, Building Science Architect, DuPont Building Innovations   Ben is a licensed Architect with an MBA, B.S., and Master of Architecture degree and from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked in commercial real estate development, architectural design, site master planning and construction management on a range of projects that included residential towers, educational facilities, offices, and DuPont industrial capital projects.   Ben Meyer is a Building Science Architect with the DuPont™ Building Knowledge Center in Richmond, Va., where he works customers and industry associations to provide fundamental education on building envelope design and promotes the importance of proper product selection and installation based on project requirements.
Darren Meyers, President, International Energy Conservatin Consultants, LLC
Session: IECC Training: New Illinois Energy Construction Code (Part 1: Architecture, Building Envelope, Air Barriers, Daylighting)
Session: IECC Training: New Illinois Energy Construction Code (Part 2: Mechanical Systems & Controls and Building Commissioning)
Darren Meyers is President of IECC LLC, an energy services knowledge management group located in Chicago, IL. IECC LLC provides training, code consulting, plan review, energy simulation and field assessment services as a complete solution for state energy offices, jurisdictions, builders and design professionals implementing IECC, ASHRAE and IgCC code platforms. A well rounded energy management professional, Darren is a building systems engineer with over 20 years of industry experience including his 16-years as Technical Director of Energy Programs with the International Code Council. At ICC, Darren directed the Code Council’s organizational priorities on building energy programs and conceived its energy plan review, commentary, and curricula that built and now maintains recognition of ICC as a leader in the field. Mr. Meyers continues to provide technical support and education programs to the Illinois Energy Office and the Chicago Department of Buildings on 2012 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 implementation. Darren holds bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical and Architectural Engineering, and an MBA in international business from Purdue University. He is a voting Member of ASHRAE SSPC 62.1 and a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Illinois and North Carolina.
Richard Michal, Butler University
Session: Dual Benefit Sustainability Strategy: The Water - Energy Nexus

Rich joined Butler in February of 2011 and currently serves as the University’s Executive Director of University Operations.  He oversees a staff of approximately 107 employees in four departments including maintenance services, building services, planning design and construction and environmental programs and safety.  Rich has an undergraduate degree from Purdue University’s School of Engineering in construction management, a master’s in business administration in finance from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.  Rich is a licensed professional engineer in Indiana and Arizona and a LEED Accredited Professional.  He has over 20 years of professional experience in construction management, utility regulation, consulting, and teaching.  Rich served as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Arizona Chapter of the USGBC, a steering committee member and founding Chair of the Southern Arizona Branch, a representative to the West Region Council, and a Member of the 2009 Phoenix Greenbuild Host Committee.  Rich currently serves on the Board of the Indiana Chapter of the USGBC.

Mark Miller, Executive Director, Passive House Alliance United

Session:  An Introduction To The Passive House Standard

Mark A. Miller is the current Executive Director of the Passive House Alliance United States, a member organization who's mission is to bring the impressive benefits of passive building into the mainstream in the US.  Mark received his architectural degree from the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona, known for their leadership in passive solar design. Here he was influenced by the teachings of Buckminster Fuller and the idea of “doing more with less”, the spirit of passive building. Mark opened his own design/build office in Chicago in 1998. The office has a reputation for being a champion of energy efficient design that speaks to the soul. Mark has designed and built many high performance residences in the Midwest. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and PHIUS Certified Passive House Builder. Mark co-founded the Chicago chapter of the Passive House Alliance in 2010. He has been lecturing around the country on the Passive House Standard to architectural organizations, home-builder and realty associations and green expositions.

John Moebes, Director of Construction, Crate&Barrel
Session:  An Owner's Experience with BIM: The Crate & Barrel Story

John Moebes joined Crate&Barrel as the Director of Construction in 2006 where he manages all capital construction projects. Prior to that, he was an Associate Principal at Good Fulton & Farrell Architects in Dallas where he oversaw the firm’s development and use of workflow technology. John is recognized as a leader in the uses of Internet-based project management tools, Building Information Modeling, and digital document review to improve project performance. Having worked for Modern Continental Construction and Wholefoods Markets, John has experience in all sectors of the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry. John received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts and his Master’s Degree from the University of Texas.

Michael Morman, Architect / Project Manager, Shive-Hattery
Session:  Achieving LEED Gold for an Iowa Prison: A Unique Glimpse into the World of Sustainable Correctional Facilities Design

As a registered architect Mike earned his LEED credential in 2004, was a founding member of the Iowa Chapter of the USGBC, was Chair of the chapter in 2010, and was elected back to the board in 2013 and is the current treasure. Mike's architectural background is in the government sector overseeing the design and construction of jails, prisons and miscellaneous other governmental buildings for Shive-Hattery and engineering and architectural firm located in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. In 2013 he was selected to be the head of the Sustainability Community of Practice for Shive-Hattery. Mike currently holds his LEED AP BD+C and is facilitating the documentation process on a community based correctional facility, two prisons and a hospital.

Anna Morton, Project Engineer, dbHMS
Session:  Integrated Life Cycle Analysis for An Integrated Design Approach: Costs, Benefits, Synergies and Choice

At dbHMS Anna Morton, an Energy Modeler and Design Engineer, specializes in sustainable mechanical design. She has modeled several distinctive engineering systems including hybrid ground source heat pump systems, hydrology models, for flood plane mapping and drainage design, photovoltaic shading and sunspaces as well as evaluates the performance and energy usage of existing buildings. Anna uses energy modeling programs such as TRNSYS, IES, Trace, and EQuest. Anna is a LEED Reviewer for the USGBC where she has reviewed over 150 projects to date. Anna's diverse experience in energy modeling makes her a valuable presenter at seminars for the AIA Chicago as well as individual architecture firms in and around the Chicago land area. She also guest lectures at the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture. Anna is an active member in both the local ASHRAE Chapter and USGBC Illinois Chapter. 

Jackie Mustakas, Corporate Sustainability Coordinator, Robins & Morton
Session:  Setting Your "Sites" on Green Building: The Contractor's Approach to Sustainable Construction

Jackie Mustakas attended The University of Florida where she obtained her Master of Science Degree in Building Construction with a concentration in Sustainable Construction. Jackie then started her career with Robins & Morton, a privately held 65 year-old construction and engineering company that consistently ranks among the 100 largest U.S. builders in Engineering News Record Magazine. Jackie began her career in the field coordinating LEED certification of a 370,000 square foot hospital. After proving her knowledge of sustainable construction and gaining valuable experience in the field, Jackie earned the role of Corporate Sustainability Coordinator. As Corporate Sustainability Coordinator, Jackie is responsible for developing and overseeing implementation of her company's sustainability-focused initiatives and goals. Jackie works to continuously improve the sustainable and regenerative efforts at Robins & Morton to ensure they remain a progressive leader and set an important standard within the design and construction industry. Jackie is also responsible for overseeing certification of the company's many LEED projects, as well as enhancing and executing each client's sustainably-focused goals. As a service to each owner, Jackie recommends suitable alternatives to improve project features, trains personnel coordinating LEED certification onsite, and monitors the construction process to ensure work is executed with minimal environmental impact.  Jackie continually works to broaden her knowledge of sustainable operational, construction, and design concepts. With this knowledge, Jackie conducts four USGBC/GBCI-Approved training courses to educate associates, clients, students and the community. Jackie serves on the ABC National Green Building Committee, works with college students to improve their understanding of green building, and has educated conference attendees about how Robins & Morton has "greened" their construction techniques and internal operations. Jackie is passionate and energetic about green building.

Neil Myers, Principal, Williams Creek Consulting
Session:  North Street Reconstruction and Integrated Stormwater Management
Session:  Dual Benefit Sustainability Strategy: The Water - Energy Nexus

Mr. Neil Myers is a Founding Principal of Williams Creek Consulting and has over 13 years experience in ecological and environmental consulting. His knowledge of economic and project development has helped to generate opportunities for truly sustainable, financially responsible solutions to such complex issues as watershed management, industry and development regulations, green infrastructure, site development, urban revitalization, and community master planning. He has been integral in identifying pioneering-type projects, while developing a talented team of multi-disciplinary professionals to provide cost effective solutions to satisfy all project stakeholders. Mr. Myers earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Butler University and is a regular speaker to diverse groups at sustainable initiative focused conferences and seminars around the country.

Eric Neagu, Senior Project Manager, Weaver Boos Consultants
Session:  Blue Island/Blue Water - Greening the Urban Core: Green Infrastructure Improvements and Redevelopment in a Forward-Looking Chicago Suburb

Eric Neagu, P.E., LEED AP serves as Senior Project Manager for Weaver Boos Consultants. He has fifteen years of professional community development and economic development experience. His areas of expertise include water resources, transportation, public facilities, community development, economic development, and environmental planning. He works with communities to develop sustainability strategies that integrate green infrastructure approaches to stormwater and facilities management. Mr. Neagu’s experience spans public, private and institutional clients. He has familiarity with various grant programs and is actively assisting local communities in obtaining funding for due diligence, planning activities, and project implementation. Eric serves on the Grand Calumet Area of Concern CARE Committee, the Chicago Wilderness GIV and Sustainability Teams, the board of the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, and as Executive Director of Growing Rural. He holds a degree in environmental engineering from Purdue University, and a graduate degree from the University of Chicago.
Leo O'Loughlin, Jones Lang Lasalle
Session: Smart Buildings & Sustainability
Leo's role at Jones Lang LaSalle is to expand energy, sustainability and smart building services for Jones Lang LaSalle's clients. He helps clients successfully incorporate energy and sustainabilty concepts including smart building applications, into Jones Lang LaSalle's strategic business offerings. He is based in southern California and works with both domestic and international cients.

John Peronto, Associate, Thornton Tomasetti
Session:  Supertall Buildings: The Evolution of Architecture + Structural Design in the Next Generation of the World's Tallest Buildings

Mr. Peronto joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2004 and is experienced in the design of a variety of building types, including commercial, residential, cultural, and aviation.  Mr. Peronto received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering all from Marquette University.  He also received a Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from Cornell University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California, a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of Illinois and a LEED Accredited Professional. Mr. Peronto is also certified in the practice of structural engineering by the Structural Engineering Certification Board and is a state of California Disaster Service Worker. In 2010, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) honored Mr. Peronto with its Young Professional of the Year Award.  Among Mr. Peronto's portfolio of projects are the +1,000-meter-tall Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; the 600-meter-tall Chicago Spire, Illinois; King Abdullah Financial District, Parcels 3.10 and 5.03, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and one of the largest aviation hangars in the world at Memphis International Airport.  Active in the design community, Mr. Peronto is a member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), and The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). 

Jamie Ponce, Chicago City Director, City of Chicago, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, with the Clinton Climate Initiative
Session:  21st Century Chicago: Jobs, Energy, Transport, Water, Waste, Open Space, and Climate Change
Session:  ICA Energy Star Benchmarking Pilot Project

Jodi Prout, Sustainability and Environment Program Director, City of Blue Island
Session:  Blue Island/Blue Water - Greening the Urban Core: Green Infrastructure Improvements and Redevelopment in a Forward-Looking Chicago Suburb

Jodi Prout is a local economic development planner with over 10 years of experience developing and implementing place-based policy, systems & environmental changes to create sustainable, healthy communities. She currently oversees sustainability related programs for the City of Blue Island, where she established the community development department and brownfields initiative. She spearheaded and has led Blue Island's redevelopment efforts with a holistic approach based on local assets, including cultural heritage tourism, food systems, brownfields, zoning and land use, green infrastructure and community health. 

Laure Quinlivan, Strategic Growth Committee, City of Cincinnati, City Council
Session:  LEED Tax Abatement for Homes and Commercial Building Projects in Cincinnati

Laure Quinlivan is in her second term on Cincinnati City Council and Chairs the Strategic Growth Committee which oversees economic development, and environmental issues. She spearheaded improvements this year to Cincinnati's LEED ordinance, which rewards citizens and companies who build LEED certified energy efficient buildings with a 15 year property tax abatement. Quinlivan's work on council includes helping neighborhoods revitalize through Community Entertainment District designations that attract new restaurants. She also created Mobile Food Vending and Mobile Produce Vending in Cincinnati and led the effort to create a new Business Retention Program for the City. She is a Peabody Award-winning journalist who has also won 18 Emmys for her investigative reporting work for television stations.

Robin Randall, Architect, Educator and Environmentalist, ED lab INC
Session:  Regenerative Design and the Living Building Challenge: An Interactive Discussion with Bob Berkebile, Vivian Loftness, and Ralph Bicknese

Robin R. Randall, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a licensed architect, educator, and environmentalist. Founder and president of ED lab INC, she is dedicated to connecting personally to each project and designing environments that support a culture of inquisitiveness, client community and sustainability. Robin is an educational design expert with 25 years experience programming, planning and creating learning places. Frequent speaker, author and award winning designer she is inspired by learning strategies and environmental research through application in projects. Her leadership in a client focused process integrates the science of learning, the language of nature and the art of innovation to create customized environments for all learners.  Robin is a leader in sustainable design practice providing educational seminars on project design and application, coordinating sustainability client workshops, developing resources for practice and advocating regenerative architecture. As a Professor at Judson University she provides practical experience in application through design, programming, planning and research.Her third and fourth year design courses and graduate programming and research practice classes explore the impacts of Living Building Challenge to design and client communication. Students work with Community Client Collaborators to provide outreach in sustainability and practice and in applied research. Design studios investigate how environments work as teaching tools for environmental responsibility. 

Laurie Randolph, Attorney At Law, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Session:  Understanding the Latest ADA Standards for Accessibility - and What They Mean to You

Laurie Randolph focuses her practice on both trial and transactional work for professionals such as architects and engineers.   She has extensive experience in handling litigated matters arising from the design and construction process, as well as drafting and negotiating contracts on behalf of design professionals.   Ms. Randolph's practice also includes insurance coverage issues as they relate to construction. She has extensive experience in handling litigation and claim matters as well as with counseling and advising clients on transactional and operational issues.   Professional Background Ms. Randolph is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the California Bar Association, the Illinois Defense Council, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois and the Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago.  She is a past director of the Society of Trial Lawyers. She has also served on the Steering Committee of the Construction Forum of the American Bar Association.  In May 2012, Ms. Randolph was included among 15 women attorneys recognized by Law Bulletin Publishing Company in a special supplement, “Chicago Women in Law: Women Making an Impact,' that appeared in Chicago Lawyer magazine.   Ms. Randolph has been recognized by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in the category of Construction Law. She is the subject of a profile, “Laurie Randolph: Design Professionals Benefit From Her ‘Sugar-on-Steel’ Defense,” in the January 2009 Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition, of Leading Lawyers Network Magazine. This profile also appeared in the July 2009 Women’s Edition of the magazine, where Ms. Randolph was listed in the “Top 100 Women Lawyers” in Illinois and also in the “Top 100 Women Business Lawyers” in Illinois.  In 2010 Ms. Randolph was included in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition’s list of the Top 50 Women Real Estate-Related Lawyers in Illinois; in Leading Lawyer Magazine Business Edition’s list of the Top 200 Leading Women Business Lawyers in Illinois; and in Leading Lawyer Magazine Women’s Edition as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in Illinois, and one of the Top 100 Women Business Lawyers in Illinois.  Ms. Randolph has been named to the Super Lawyer list in multiple area, including Construction/Surety, Construction Litigation and Professional Liability: Defense, by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. In addition, she holds the AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability.  Ms. Randolph joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in October 1979. She is a member of the firm's Management Committee and a past co-leader of the firm's Real Estate & Construction Practice Group.   Publications and Presentations Ms. Randolph has authored chapters in books on the defense of design professionals as well as presented numerous papers and speeches on various subjects relating to construction. In addition, she regularly presents at continuing education for attorneys as well as design professionals. 

Sanyog Rathod, Principal and Owner, Sol design + consulting
Session:  Healthy Housing: Balancing Comfort, Air Quality, Energy Efficiency & the Bottom Line

Sumit Ray, Director, Engineering & Utilities, University of Chicago
Session:  Assessing Building Energy Costs: The Benefits of Energy Modeling to Building Owners

At the University of Chicago, Sumit is responsible for the operations of the two campus central utility plants to provide chilled water & steam, Campus wide building automation system (BAS), project commissioning, provide engineering supports (new constructions and renovations projects), energy engineering services and also responsible for developing & implementing supply side strategies to procure natural gas & electricity for the university.  He joined the University in 2011. He has over 19 years of industry experience and is a registered professional engineer with a MS degree in Industrial & Systems engineering from the University of Florida and Executive MBA from the Michigan State University. He is currently vice president of the Chicago chapter of AEE (Association of Energy Engineers). 
Michael Roane, Vice President, Brinshore Development
Session:  Adaptive Reuse as Sustainable Development - Strategies for Blending Historic Structures, Sustainability and Revitalized Communities
Mr. Roane joined Brinshore Development in January 2012 with more than 12 years of community development experience and is responsible for managing projects from concept to completion, including coordinating pre-development, design, financing, entitlement and permitting, construction, marketing and community outreach.  Prior to joining Brinshore, Mr. Roane worked at the City of Chicago, Department of Housing and Economic Development where he was responsible for managing and closing affordable housing transactions in which the City of Chicago provided financial assistance.   His responsibilities included underwriting for complex developments that utilized Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credits, Tax-Exempt Bonds, Tax Increment Financing, HOME loans, and CDBG loans.  Mr. Roane closed a variety of transactions while at the City, including single family affordable for-sale developments, permanent supportive housing transactions, Section 8 preservation projects, and Chicago Housing Authority mixed-income redevelopments. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Roane was a development coordinator at Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, a not-for-profit housing development organization that serves Chicago’s northern suburbs. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Roane served as a Senior Planner for the Delaware County Planning Department in Media, PA where he was responsible for the implementation of historic preservation and urban redevelopment initiatives. Mr. Roane received a master’s degree in urban planning and a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.

Colin Rohlfing, Sustainable Director, HOK
Session:  Integrating Environmental Analysis into a BIM Workflow: Utilizing the HOK Design Analysis Methodology

Colin is a Sustainable Leader and Director of sustainable consulting for the North Central Region of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum Inc. (HOK). For the past 8 years, he worked with local, regional and firm-wide HOK project teams to facilitate sustainable and consulting integration for various projects throughout the firm. Colin is a member of the USGBC Illinois Chapter, Co-Facilitator of the Chicago Biomimicry Group and is a frequent speaker at various sustainable events throughout the world. He has presented at over 50 events both nationally and internationally. In 2010, He was awarded the Midwest Construction’s Top 20 under 40 honor and received an American Institute of Architect’s Presidents citation for his work on the 2030 Challenge in Chicago. In 2012 he was awarded the Building Design and Construction Top 40 under 40 award and the Design Futures Council Top 40 under 40 award. Colin has experience with various green rating systems, including the U.S Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System, various LEED rating systems in India and the Middle East, BREEAM, Green Seal and Estidama. Notable projects include; King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the world’s largest LEED Platinum project and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the world’s largest LEED NC Platinum project. Colin also oversees the execution of sustainable consulting for HOK clients, which includes green work place solutions, sustainable operation plans, Green House Gas emissions benchmarking and mitigation, GRI reporting, ISO certification, occupant engagement and behavioral programs and broader sustainability planning for campuses, cities, municipalities and real estate portfolios. Colin works with public and private sector clients on commercial buildings, hotels, hospitals, aviation facilities, courthouses, higher education, science and technology and retail.

Steve Rosner, Chief Engineer, AMI Automation
Session:  Infrastructure and Building Automation Systems in Chicago Park District Facilities

Peter Rumpf, Integrated Construction Manager, Mortenson Construction
Session:  Informing the Design + Construction of Healthcare Facilities through Simulation: BIM + VDC at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Peter Rumpf, LEED AP Integrated Construction Manager Education: Bachelor of Science University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, Illinois Honors / Awards: Top 20 Under 40 ENR Midwest (2012)  Top 40 Under 40 BD+C (2012) Two time Pinnacle Award Winner for Innovation (2009) Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Award for Adaptive Use - Music Institute of  Chicago (2003) Industry experience: 12 years Peter is one of our most accomplished Integrated Construction Managers and has worked on many complex projects in his career. As a member of Mortenson's Integrated Delivery Advancement Team, Peter is responsible for providing oversight into Mortenson's use of technology in construction and standardizing the tools and processes across the company. In the Chicago Operating Group, Peter leads a team of Integrated Construction Coordinators responsible for reducing the time and cost of construction through the implimentation of advanced technology including virtual prototypes, BIM in the Field, Laser Scanning, and Facilities Management Modeling. Peter has spoken at dozens of industry events on Integrated Project Delivery, Lean Construction, BIM in the Field and Virtual Design and Construction.

Joseph Russo, Deputy Commissioner of Compliance, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Session:  Understanding the Latest ADA Standards for Accessibility - and What They Mean to You

Ellen Sargent, Departments of Construction and Facility Maintenance, Chicago Park DistrictSession:  Infrastructure and Building Automation Systems in Chicago Park District Facilities

Ellen Sargent has spoken frequently at building industry conventions about energy efficiency and other green initiatives in Chicago’s parks.  For the past few years, she has been managing the Chicago Park District’s Energy Savings Performance Contracting program which has replaced HVAC infrastructure and installed a centralized building automation system at over 50 park facilities.   Daniel Dust is a Chief Operating Engineer in the Chicago Park District and manages operation of the Park District’s only high pressure steam plant which feeds the Lincoln Park Zoo campus, as well as Chicago treasures such as Buckingham Fountain.  Daniel is an active member of local #399 and has spoken at many training symposiums. Ryan Stickney and Steve Rosner are the executive team behind AMI Automation.  AMI consults, develops and installs HVAC Facility Management Control Systems for clients across the United States. Ryan and Steve are licensed programmers for various DDC systems. Patrick J. Levar is the Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Park District.  Patrick is responsible for the management of day-to-day operations; and initiated a focused effort to maximize the use of energy efficient technologies in park facilities. 

Scott Schuetter, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Session:  Realizing Daylighting Controls Savings Through Commissioning

Scott analyzes efficient building designs and researches various energy  efficiency technologies in his role at the Energy Center. He has  extensive experience with both energy and daylight modeling and serves  as program manager for the Daylighting Collaborative. Scott is a large-scale batch energy modeling specialist who focuses  much attention on modeling campuses, communities and regions. He also  studies climate change impacts on building energy consumption and  demand. Scott holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Indiana  University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the  University of Wisconsin. He is an active member of ASHRAE.

Leonard Sciarra, Senior Associate, Gensler
Session:  The AIA 2030 Commitment: Creating a Culture of Change

Mr. Sciarra is a project architect in the mission critical  facilities area, with Gensler, a professional design firm  with over 40 offices worldwide. He is currently a  member of the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-energy  standard for buildings except low rise residential and  chair of the Envelope sub-committee. Len also trains  others in the application of the standards and other  “green” building practices. He has assisted the State of  Illinois in writing the guidelines for a statewide energy  code, and is past co-chair of the Evanston  Environmental Board while working as a liaison to the  Evanston Energy Commission.  With a strong background in sustainable and  environmental design, Mr. Sciarra has served as the  Co-Chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment.

Lois Sechrist, Sustainability Analyst, Ascension Health
Session:  Implementing LEED for Healthcare: Inpatient Expansion at St. Vincent Fishers (IN) Medical Center

Lois Sechrist, LEED AP ID+C, is responsible for the Ascension Health Environmental Stewardship Program, including sharing of best practices throughout their 118 hospitals in 27 regional Health Ministries across the U.S. Ms. Sechrist has a background in interior architecture and project management. She taught the LEED Green Associate exam preparation course for the USGBC - Missouri Gateway Chapter for several years and is chair of the University City, Missouri Green Practices Commission.

Stormy Shanks, Mechanical Engineer, KJWW Engineering Consultants
Session:  Code Dread: Keeping up with ASHRAE and LEED

Stormy Shanks, PE, is a mechanical engineer with KJWW Engineering Consultants. She is experienced in the design of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and plumbing systems for commercial facilities. Stormy is the computer room specialist for the mechanical department, providing information and recommendations to the department regarding heating and cooling in computer rooms and data centers. Additionally, Stormy is experienced in designing mechanical systems for LEED buildings.

Lesley Showers, Property Manager, ICA-USA
Session:  ICA Energy Star Benchmarking Pilot Project

Lesley Showers is currently employed as Director of Facilities for the Ecumenical Institute/ICA-USA.  She has 7 years experience as an Architect and Interior Designer, Property Renovations and as owner and  operator of her own Design Firm, Lesley Showers has been praised by both owners and tenants alike for her caring, attentive, honest, and hard-working approach.  Her enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of sustainable design, her dedication to respect the existing architecture of buildings and energy efficiencies are clear strengths.  These attributes gained her an excellent reputation in her field.  Lesley recently moved to Uptown in Chicago with her 2 children.  When Lesley is not working, she volunteers her design talents to the renovation of her church as well as mentoring at-risk youth in the Uptown and Lawndale communities.  Lesley Showers earned her Bachelors of Arts in Communications degree from Weber State University in Utah, and her Bachelors of Arts in Architecture and Interior Design from The Illinois Institute of Art in Illinois.  

Eric Singer, Partner, Ice Miller LLP
Session:  Managing the Liability Risks of Sustainable Design: Advice from the Experts

Eric L. Singer is a Partner with Ice Miller LLP, where he concentrates his practice in construction law, representing design professionals, contractors, owners, developers, lenders, title insurers and other parties in all aspects of design and construction, including negotiation and drafting agreements for a variety of services and delivery systems; perfection, enforcement and defense of mechanics liens and bond claims; construction insurance counseling; copyrights for architectural works; mediation, arbitration, litigation and other dispute resolution; and risk management and general counseling to those involved in real estate, design and construction. Eric's practice also includes general commercial and complex business litigation matters. Mr. Singer is a frequent author and speaker on design professional and construction law topics. He is a member of the American, Illinois and DuPage County Bar Associations, the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, and the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, as well as an Affiliate Member of AIA Chicago and AIA Northeast Illinois. He is a former Affiliate Director on the Board of Directors of AIA Chicago.  Mr. Singer received his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Benjamin Skelton, President, cycloneENERGYgroup
Session:  The Value of Energy Modeling During The Bidding Phase
Session:  ICA Energy Star Benchmarking Pilot Project

Benjamin Skelton is the Founder and President of Cyclone Energy Group, a Chicago-based energy services company. He has spent more than 13 years specializing in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Throughout his career, he has worked on LEED Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum and net-zero energy buildings.  Benjamin is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA), and ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP).   Through active involvement as a Board member of the Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE, Technical Committee Member and Regional Vice Chair for Membership, he his helping promote and advance energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Additionally Benjamin is currently helping to lead a Coalition of Building Professionals in an effort to provide education and outreach on energy benchmarking to building owners and operators in Chicago.
Al Skodowski, Jr., Chair, U.S. Green Building Council's Board of Directors
Session:  Keynote "Greening the Heartland"
Al Skodowski, Jr., Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, will deliver the keynote address on Monday, September 9, at Greening the Heartland, the USGBC conference co-located with BUILDINGChicago. Skodowski, Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Transwestern Sustainability Services, has over 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate facility management. His company has over 65 certifications using LEED EB:O&M, notably the LEED Platinum Chicago Transit Authority headquarters. Skodowski is active in the USGBC’s Board Mentorship Program and Project Haiti, a USGBC effort to build the first LEED-certified orphanage and children’s center in Haiti. In his keynote, Skodowski will update Greening the Heartland attendees on the latest developments at the USGBC.
Skodowski’s approach to sustainability comes from his practical experience in facilities management. “I am an operations guy who happens to believe that wasting resources, throwing things into a landfill, or polluting our air is wrong,” he says. “Our grandparents never wasted, and I think we need to look back at the good things they did.”  


Arthur Smith, Architect, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Session:  Improving Stormwater Management at a Major Midwest Technological University

Arthur F. Smith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC Principal - Architectural Design Leader “Excellent design is organized around the ‘Big Idea’ that is conceived from the unique requirements and constraints from each individual customer.  It is beautiful, devoid of extraneous detail, while lifting the human spirit.  Ultimately, excellent design is the core value we add to enhance the enterprises of each customer.” Throughout his career, Arthur F. Smith, FAIA, has been passionate about design excellence.  His ability to creatively solve complex issues with innovation has resulted in more than 30 design honors and awards, including regional and national landmarks such as the Lawrence Tech University Taubman Student Services Center, Detroit Lions Training Facility; Regent Court; the Steel House; E-Port, a 1.2 million sf office and retail renovation in Chicago; and the $100 million renovation of General Motors’ Research and Development Facilities originally designed by Eero Saarinen. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Art’s loyalty to the university and the profession has been unwavering.  He is currently a thesis advisor for the Master’s Program and an adjunct professor for Interior Architecture.  During 1995 through 1999, Arthur F. Smith Architects generously sponsored a design scholarship for the School of Architecture, and today Harley Ellis Devereaux supports scholarships at LTU, University of Michigan and The Michigan Architectural Foundation. While serving as Director of Design at Neumann/Smith & Associates, Inc., Art participated on the Dean Selection Committee and on the School of Architecture Curriculum Advisory Committee.  His commitment to design continued over the next eight years with his own award-winning architectural design firm, Arthur F. Smith Architects.  In 1999, Art and his staff joined Gensler, where he served as a Design Principal for the Detroit office.   Today, Art serves as the primary Design Principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux and provides our customers with creative solutions to complex business challenges.  In his current role, Art  continues to support the University’s vision and designed  LTU’s Engineering Building Addition and the new A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center, winner of numerous awards and considered one of the regions finest examples of campus design. Art’s commitment to the American Institute of Architects is evident in the various positions he has participated in.  In addition to being an active member within the organization, he served as President of AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit and was the recipient of the Young Architect of the Year from both AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit.  Art received his Fellowship into the American Institute of Architects in 1999 and the AIA Detroit Gold Medal in 2004. Currently, he serves as the Chair of both the AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit Honor Awards Committees.  As Chair of the Annual AIA Michigan Design Retreat, Art continues to promote his passion of design excellence by providing opportunities for young interns and practitioners that are active within the organization and attend the annual retreat.  Art is always available to support the profession and the Institute and does so enthusiastically. - Art Smith Education Bachelor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University, 1981 Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Lawrence Technological University, 1978 Registrations Licensed Architect in Michigan, South Carolina, Colorado, Virginia, Illinois, Connecticut, Ohio NCARB Certification LEED Accredited Professional, 2009 Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification, 2009 Professional Memberships American Institute of Architects, Member American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, 1999 AIA Michigan Robert F. Hastings Award, 2007 AIA Detroit Gold Medal, 2004 AIA National Interior Design Jury, 2003 AIA National Design Committee, Appointed Member AIA MI 1997 President AIA MI Board of Directors AIA Detroit Board of Directors AIA Detroit 1990 President AIA Detroit Vice President International Council of Shopping Centers, Member Urban Land Institute, Member Lawrence Technological University Thesis Advisor Adjunct Professor, Interior Architecture 1 Design Juror, Lawrence Technological University Construction Innovation Forum Board Member Ferris State Architectural Technology Advisory Board Building Officials and Code Administrators International Member

Travis Soberg, Principal, Director of Sustainability, Goettsch Partners
Session:  The Chicago Commercial Building Retrofit in Action

Travis Soberg is a principal at Goettsch Partners, as well as the firm’s director of sustainable design. Mr. Soberg joined GP in 1998 and has worked on some of the firm’s most prominent projects. With the growth and expansion of the firm’s international work, Mr. Soberg currently leads and coordinates many projects in China, including large-scale office, hotel and mixed-use developments. Mr. Soberg is actively involved in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and is a frequent speaker at CTBUH and other conferences on issues related to tall buildings and sustainability. In recognition of his efforts to promote sustainable design, Mr. Soberg received the 2010 AIA Chicago President’s Citation for Services on the 2030 Challenge Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State.  

Maria Spinu, Global Building Science Leader, E. I. DuPont
Session:  Balancing Energy Efficiency and Durability

Maria received a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech. She joined DuPont Central Research & Development in Wilmington, Delaware in 1990 as a Research Chemist and in 1995 she was promoted to Research Manager. In 2000 she joined DuPont Building Innovations as New Business Development Manager. She currently leads Building Science and Sustainability initiatives for the commercial market. Her background in engineering, materials science, and building science provides an insightful understanding of current challenges in achieving sustainable building enclosures. Maria advises building professionals on the best alternatives for achieving energy efficiency without compromising durability of the building enclosure. Maria is a member of ASHRAE 90.1 Standard Committee and Envelope Subcommittee, BEC (Building Envelope Council), AIA/BEC, CSI (Construction Specifier Institute), ABAA (Technical and Education Committees since 2002, Whole Building Airtightness Committee) and other professional and trade organizations. She has served as a reviewer for Building Science Conferences, GreenBuild and has been on the Technical Advisory Committee for CSI National Convention Education Program. Maria has published many articles in peer reviewed and trade journals, is the author of 16 patents and has been a speaker at many regional, national and international conferences on building science and sustainability topics. She can be contacted via e-mail at

Jeffrey Sronkoski, Principal, Higher Education , Legat Architects
Session:  Sustainable Campus Master Planning: Harnessing the Opportunities

Jeff Sronkoski is principal-in-charge of Legat Architects’ Higher Education practice. He leads the practice in the areas of master planning and architectural design for community colleges, and public and private colleges and universities. As a campus planner, Sronkoski has served as project leader for the re-positioning of existing campuses and the development of satellite campuses. He has also led the programming and design of emerging building types for community colleges. Sronkoski has spoken and written about diverse higher education topics for many venues.  Sronkoski joined Legat Architects in 1978, and has built his entire career at the firm. A licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional, he holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society for College and University Planning.

Vince Sticca, Director/Coordinator, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
Session:  Health CareBest Practices for Construction in Occupied Facilities

Vincent Sticca has been a member of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters for thirty-eight years.He served a four-year apprenticeship and has twenty years of field experience in Architectural Millwork and both residential and commercial construction. Vince has been employed by the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program for the past eighteen years. He was a Millwork instructor for eight years (1992-2000) and has been an Assistant Director of the Program for the past ten years (2000- Present).

Ryan Stickney, Chief Engineer, AMI Automation
Session:Infrastructure and Building Automation Systems in Chicago Park District Facilities

Alejandro Stochetti, Director, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Session: Supertall Buildings: The Evolution of Architecture + Structural Design in the Next Generation of the World's Tallest Buildings

Alejandro Stochetti, Director, has extensive experience in designing Super Tall, Commercial, Residential and Mixed-Use Performance Driven Buildings. His current projects include Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  He leads teams in the design of site-conscious, efficient and user-based buildings. His work involves the understanding and integration of all disciplines to create highly efficient performance-based buildings. For Alejandro, every projects starts with a thorough understanding of the site conditions, users' needs and owner goals. From there, the challenge becomes how to maximize the potential of the project while minimizing the impact on its environment. Before joining AS+GG, Alejandro was a senior designer at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, where he collaborated with Adrian Smith and/or Gordon Gill in the design and development of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Las Vegas Tower in Las Vegas, Wind and Garden Tower in King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia, the KAEC master plan, and Chemsunny Plaza in Beijing, China. His experience includes work in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America and South America.    Affiliations   Registered architect in Illinois American Institute of Architects (AIA) LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) Buenos Aires College of Architecture  Education   Master's degree in Architecture, Buenos Aires National University, Argentina  Affiliations  American Institute of Architects LEED Accredited Professional Buenos Aires College of Architecture  Presentations + Publications Co-author "Kingdom: Creating a One kilometer High Tower" CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue 1 Key note speaker Faccedilade design and delivery Conference, September 2012 "Supertall Building Design". Buenos Aires National University, 2007  "Profile of a passionate and creative professional" La Nacion newspaper, 2006 "World Patrimony: From International Style to New Futurism," commentary on Hancock Center and Chicago architecture Participated in juries at University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005 and 2006  Awards + Honors  AIA Chicago, Distinguished Building Award, Citation of Merit, Burj Khalifa (while at SOM) AIA Chicago, Interior Architecture Award, Citation of Merit, Public Areas at the Residences of Burj Khalifa (while at SOM) AIA Chicago, Special Recognition Award, Burj Khalifa Level 153 (while at SOM) MEED Quality Awards, 2011 Project of the Year, Burj Khalifa (while at SOM), 2011 MEED Quality Awards, GCC Technical Building Project of the Year (while at SOM), Burj Khalifa, 2011 American Architecture Awards, Distinguished Building Award, Trump International Hotel & Tower (while at SOM), 2010 American Architecture Awards, Distinguished Building Award, Burj Khalifa (while at SOM), 2010 AIA Chicago, Design Excellence Award, Citation of Merit, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2010 AIA Award, Design Excellence, Unbuilt Catagory, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2010 CTBUH Global Icon Award, Burj Khalifa (while at SOM), 2010 CTBUH Best Tall Building in Middle East and Africa, Burj Khalifa (while at SOM), 2010 P/A Award, Architect Magazine, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2010 The Chicago Athenaeum/Europe, American Architecture Award, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2009 The Chicago Athenaeum/Europe, International Architecture Award, Matrix Gateway Complex, 2009 Maktoob Business, Best Building in the Mideast, Burj Dubai (While at SOM), 2009 Chicago Building Congress, Merit Award, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, Illinois (while at SOM), 2009 High Commended citation and Seal of Distinction for The Grand Boulevard, Cityscape Architectural Awards, Dubai, 2008

Mike Stopka, Director of Sustainability, SCB
Session: Using New Construction to Inspire Energy Retrofits: Comparing Two Projects at Loyola University Chicago

From 2009 to the present Michael Stopka has served as the Director of Sustainability for Solomon Cordwell Buenz, leading the initiative of reducing resources while increasing human health and comfort in all decisions made within the firm.  Mike is a registered architect in Illinois and has completed a series of mixed-use projects including high rise residential, urban senior living and campus student residences.  He’s worked on projects for the US Department of Energy, four LEED Platinum buildings and one Living Building Challenge project.  Mike is a member of the AIA 2030 Committee which, as part of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), advocates and provides tools to AIA member firms to facilitate reducing energy consumption in the built environment.  In addition he is involved with Biomimicry Chicago which promotes the study and imitation of nature's remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies.  Mike has taught sustainability focused courses at Loyola University Chicago and regularly lectures for AIA Chicago and USGBC Illinois.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois in 2000 and a Master of Architecture from Clemson University in 2005 where his work won several awards and was internationally exhibited.  He previously worked for Tigerman McCurry Architects. 

David Swain, Associate Vice President, Cannon Design
Session: Renovation, Modernization, and Building Performance Enhancement in Two GSA Reconstruction Projects: The Dirksen U.S. Courthouse and the Klucynski Federal Building

Keith Swartz, Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Session: Assessing Building Energy Costs: The Benefits of Energy Modeling to Building Owners

Keith Swartz is an Energy Engineer at the Energy Center of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. His energy modeling and other technical assistance for utility efficiency programs assists architects and engineers to make their designs for new buildings more energy efficient. He also teaches training sessions for the building energy modeling software eQUEST. Previously Keith designed HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems for the A/E firm Mead & Hunt in Madison, Wisconsin. Keith has degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and in math from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

John Talbot, Director of Engineering, Weaver Boos Consultants
Session: Blue Island/Blue Water - Greening the Urban Core: Green Infrastructure Improvements and Redevelopment in a Forward-Looking Chicago Suburb

Mr. Talbot is a Project Director with Weaver Boos in Chicago, Illinois.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in numerous states, a licensed attorney in Illinois, and a LEED AP.  He received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and his JD, concentrating in Real Estate Law, from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  He has been a practicing civil engineer for over 30 years.  As a Principal with other Architectural, Engineering and Construction firms in the Chicago area, Mr. Talbot has been Principal in Charge of over 50 major industrial, infrastructure and transportation projects with construction costs ranging from $5 million to over $200 million.  He recently has been extremely active in the renewable energy and sustainable design sector, promoting and utilizing the use of LEED and other sustainable design practices to improve energy efficiency, independence and conservation.

Patrick Thibaudeau, Vice President, HGA Architects and Engineers
Session: Measuring Building Performance, User Satisfaction and Financial Value across Energy, Carbon, Waste, and Materials

Patrick Thibaudeau leads HGA’s sustainable design practice providing expertise on sustainable projects around the country. With over 20 years of diverse experience in the architecture industry and his own consulting practice, he also oversees cost estimating, construction administration and the firm’s operating councils. Patrick has presented in a variety of professional, educational and corporate settings. In November of 2010 he presented a session at Greenbuild®.  He has been on the editorial advisory board for eco-structure magazine since 2010, and has written for a variety of industry publications including the Journal of Green Buildings. He frequently participates in media interviews and is widely quoted in articles such as Buildings magazine’s feature on building-integrated photovoltaics, biomimicry and industry trends and has written bylined articles for national publications. Patrick was a member of the first American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment during its formation in the early 1990s, and he worked on the AIA’s Environmental Resource Guide, the predecessor to recent design guides such as LEED by USGBC. Patrick was also instrumental in forming AIA Minnesota’s Committee on the Environment. He is currently part of AIA’s national working group for sustainable design leaders of large architectural firms that are committed to work toward carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030. Under Patrick’s leadership, HGA was the recipient of the National Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Environmental Stewardship Award Patrick participates on many projects around the country that are officially following a variety of sustainable design guides, and is currently working on a college campus master plan that is seeking to produce more than it consumes. He is also working on a science laboratory and a classroom building, both seeking LEED Platinum certification and net zero energy. Patrick received a Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

Lucas Tryggestad, Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Session: The Chicago Commercial Building Retrofit in Action

Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, LEED®AP is an Associate Director within the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). As a Studio Head and Technical Coordinator, he aligns design concepts with integral technical solutions and is responsible for overseeing a project’s technical development through construction administration. Lucas recently completed the Trump International Hotel & Tower – Chicago and is currently working on large-scale mixed-use towers in Russia, Australia, and China.  He has worked on several federal buildings with the General Services Administration (GSA) in various locations throughout the United States and has also been actively involved in Retrofit Chicago, a commercial buildings initiative aimed at reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions within existing infrastructure.  Lucas is a LEED accredited professional, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an affiliate member of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago) and a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Illinois School of Architecture and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also a 2013 recipient of the AIA National Young Architects Award.

Joe Valerio, Principal, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Session: Guiding Principles of Highly Effective K-8 Design: A Case Study at the University of Chicago Lab Schools

At the heart of this body of work is Joseph Valerio's passion for architecture. He believes in the role of “Chief Architect,” the leader who insures the team defines a strategic vision for the building and then ensures that vision is realized. Mr. Valerio defines “vision” as all inclusive – design, budget, schedule, sustainability and much more. Architect, author, artist and teacher, Mr. Valerio is widely recognized in the architectural profession as one an innovator. Educated at the University of Michigan and UCLA, he spent eleven years as an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin. Always teaching through practice, Mr. Valerio founded his first design firm at the age of twenty two in Los Angeles gaining a reputation for the integration of the latest academic research into professional practice. At twenty four he was in Washington D.C. with design responsibility for an exhibition co-sponsored by the Smithsonian and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At 26, he was teaching at Wisconsin. In the mid-80’s he returned to Chicago, recruited to lead the project team at A. Epstein International responsible for building Helmut Jahn’s design for the $600M United Airlines Terminal at O’Hare. Shortly after the terminal opened in 1987, he founded Valerio Associates, which through a merger became Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, in 1994. Over this career, he has authored three books, his work has been the subject of over 150 articles in professional journals in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He has received five National AIA Honor Awards, the highest award an individual project can receive and over fifty juried awards. He has won numerous design competitions, most recently for the Rita Atkinson Residences at the University of California San Diego completed last year. He has delivered more than a hundred lectures across the country and in Europe. This body of work extends beyond architecture, to include his recent lecture at the Chicago Humanities Festival and his regular contributions to the Chicago edition of the Sunday New York Times. Joseph Valerio is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Certified by NCARB and a Licensed Architect in Illinois, California and 19 additional states.


Gary Vogt, Instructor, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
Session: Health Care Best Practices for Construction in Occupied Facilities

Douglas Voigt, Director of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Session: Chicago Lakeside Development: Bringing LEED for Neighborhood Development to the U.S. Steel Works Site

Douglas Voigt, AICP Director, Urban Design & Planning, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill Urban planner and architect Doug Voigt is a leader of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM’s) global City Design Practice – the world’s most highly awarded planning team. Since joining SOM in 1995, Doug has focused on complex urban plans and architectural projects. He is interested in the capacity of urban design to build communities and connect people to one another. Doug’s work is distinguished by a passionate appreciation for each project’s unique challenges and the need for a comprehensive and innovative response. Doug balances innovative thinking with a realistic, hands-on process. As a designer and planner, he has worked closely with cities, institutions, and developers across the globe. Although each project has its own story, a common focus on building long-term partnerships with clients and their communities motivates his approach to urban planning. Over the last two decades, he has learned to unite disparate stakeholders under a cohesive vision, transforming abstract ideas into physical realities. The City Design Practice takes into account the eco-system scale as the framework in which urban planning must be considered. Doug and his design colleagues look at the Yangtze River basin when transforming industrial Nanjing and Shanghai riverfronts into vibrant mixed-use urban districts, or see the inter-connected environment of the Bohai peninsula region as the context for designing walkable and sustainable central business districts in Beijing and Tianjin and along the high speed rail line linking them. One of Doug’s current projects is master planning a nearly 600-acre industrial site once filled by the United States’ largest steel mill, to create a green 21st-century mixed-use community on the shores of Lake Michigan. Doug is a strong advocate that the principles of sustainable design underlie every plan. He is a committed to pursuing new ideas to advance the design of mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented communities with accessible public transportation, renewable sources of energy, healthy ecologies, and a balanced approach for development.

Vuk Vujovic, Director of Sustainable Design,Legat Architects
Session: Sustainable Campus Master Planning: Harnessing the Opportunities

Vuk Vujovic is a Director of Sustainable Design at Legat Architects in Chicago, a member for the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Green Schools Higher Education Committee and a Co-Chair of the AIA Chicago’s Committee on the Environment (COTE). Since joining Legat Architects in 2000, Vuk has piloted the firm’s evolution toward sustainable design.  He has a leadership role in integrating energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly design among all the firm’s projects. Vuk’s professional experience includes sustainable design, the integrated design process, LEED-based design, high performance building design, including design of renewable energy applications such as solar, wind and geothermal.  His focus is on architectural research and design, as well as education of the design professionals and general public about high performance design and the benefits of sustainable building systems. He regularly contributes to industry publications and has spoken extensively to audiences on a variety of sustainability topics in conferences and events in the US and around the World.

Mike Waldinger, Executive Vice President, AIA Illinois
Session: The Role of Advocacy, Alternative Power & Incentives in the Era of Clean Energy

Mike Waldinger, Hon. AIA is the Executive Vice President for AIA Illinois, a position he has held since 2001. As the state's chief advocate for the architecture profession, Mike regularly interacts with legislators, regulators and policymakers to help architects create better communities. Over his tenure, AIA Illinois has written dozens of pages of statutes, testified scores of times before public policy bodies, and built numerous coalitions as a tenacious ally.

Ryan Warman, Principal, DRAW Architecture + Urban Design, LLC
Session:  Sustainable Infill Housing - A Case Study in Kansas City, MO

With a broad range of project experience, Ryan has worked on many award-winning community facilities throughout the Kansas City Metro area for municipal and state owners. Including the world headquarters for Applebee’s International, the 46,000 square foot Bartle Hall Ballroom expansion, and Timber Creek Hearth House, a spiritual retreat center located in rural Missouri. Ryan was responsible for the technical and aesthetic development of the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, Missouri and was the lead designer on the Watershed Center (both while at BNIM); these projects meet program needs to create functional community amenities while using ground-breaking sustainable design approaches. As a leading member of the local USGBC Green Schools Committee, Ryan worked with local educational facilities to find economical ways to enhance the efficiency of their buildings.  He believes in a collaborative design process that incorporates innovative environmental design strategies to create design solutions that enrich the lives of the user while also having a positive impact on the land on which it is built. Ryan received his Bachelors in Interior Architecture from Kansas State University and his Masters of Architecture from the University of Kansas, where he participated in the Studio 804 design/build studio. As 2012 AIA Missouri President, Ryan was named Architect of the Year by the AIA Kansas City board members. Ryan recently became the metro area’s first Certified Passive House architect consultant and brings much expertise in construction science to any design project. 

Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago
Session: 21st Century Chicago: Jobs, Energy, Transport, Water, Waste, Open Space, and Climate Change

Karen Weigert serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago.  She was appointed in 2011.   As Chief Sustainability Officer Karen works to guide the City’s sustainability strategy and implementation, bringing innovative, practical solutions throughout the work of the City.   Prior to her appointment Karen served as Senior Vice President of ShoreBank (later Urban Partnership Bank) where she built a national consumer group that generated deposits to support environmental sustainability and community development in low to moderate income urban neighborhoods.  Before her work in community banking Karen was a strategy consultant at McKinsey where she served clients on topics including transportation, finance, energy and land use. Karen began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and later served as an appointee in the Clinton administration focused on global environmental issues and agriculture. Karen is a producer and writer for the documentary film Carbon Nation which is focused on solutions to climate change.  She is also a former board member of CNT, Foresight Design Initiative and Earth School Educational Foundation. Karen graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Business School.   

Laura Weyrauch, Director of Development, Pathway Senior Living, LLC
Session: Healthy Housing: Balancing Comfort, Air Quality, Energy Efficiency & the Bottom Line
Session: Sustainable Senior Housing in South Chicago: Combining LEED with Active Green Environments at Victory Centre

Laura is responsible for the timely delivery and cost control of the company’s construction ventures, as well as the establishment of development programs for future senior living ventures. Laura assists her consulting architects in the practical selection of green initiatives to enhance Pathway’s portfolio energy efficiency. Prior to joining Pathway Senior Living full-time, Laura served as Pathway’s on-site representative for design and construction of company projects for over six years. Laura Weyrauch has over 30 years of experience as a registered architect and project manager. For fifteen years Laura ran her own architectural practice, acting as a team leader of many commercial, residential and historic preservation projects in the western and northern suburbs of Chicago.  Laura has served on various volunteer committees in her community. She is currently Vice Chair of the Village of La Grange Plan Commission, and an active member of the AIA Chicago, Design for Aging Knowledge Community.  

Mike Williams, Chief Operating Officer, EnergyPrint
Session:  Post-occupancy Performance of LEED Certified Buildings in Minnesota: A Statewide Analysis

Mike is a key player in propelling EnergyPrint from its entrepreneurial beginning to the national spotlight. His focus is on creating an optimum user-engagement experience by converting customer feedback to regular new product features. Under his leadership, EnergyPrint has grown into an innovative and agile, customer-centric technology platform.  He also helps guide the company’s growth as he oversees scaling EnergyPrint’s team and infrastructure. He faces the daily business challenges of delivering simple, low-cost, highly accurate cloud-based tools for building professionals  – always with the customer’s needs top of mind.  Mike contributes over a dozen years of senior level management skills. He is a past executive director of Minnesota GreenStar, the state’s premier residential green building standard and certification program, and ran his own construction company. His corporate experience includes leading customer relationship marketing teams at Carlson Companies. He also rose through progressive sales and web technology leadership positions during a decade with GE Capital Fleet Services where he earned his Six Sigma Black Belt certification.  He received a BA from the University of St. Thomas and has completed additional coursework at the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. He is also a certified Energy Auditor with the state of Minnesota.

Orrin Williams, Executive Director, Center for Urban Transformation
Session: Retrofitting Engagement: Using Buildings as Springboards for Creating Sustainable Communities

Executive Director of the Center for Urban Transformation, 1999 to Present Regional Lead Field Organizer, Energy Impact Illinois 2012 to Present Board President of the Sweet Water Foundation 2009 Chicago Magazine Green Award Recipient 2008 LISC Community Hero Award for Englewood Member of Governor Quinn's Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council  Publications include (not limited to):  Food and Justice: Critical Link to Healthy Communities, Chapter appearing in Power, Justice and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement, edited By David Pellow and Robert Brulle, 2005  Growing Home and the Emergence of Urban Agriculture in Chicago, Urban Agriculture Magazine, No. 18, September 2007. Publication of the Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security  BA, Social Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 1983  Orrin is an accomplished writer and emerging photographer documenting what he calls the “aesthetic of oppression” in south and west side communities in Chicago. It is his belief that the aesthetic conditions in a community contributes to determining whether a community is healthy or unhealthy and therefore oppressed.  Orrin has been an advocate for and supporter of urban agriculture for over 20 years and has been working on food access and food security issues and their relationship to ecologically sustainable development. Additionally, he is an avid advocate for the development of a sustainable green economy and the creation of green jobs. Orrin firmly believes that society is on the cusp of the Third Industrial Revolution which will transform energy, the economy and the world and that all communities should benefit from that emerging revolution.  

d'Andre Willis, Principal, HGA Architects and Engineers
Session:  Measuring Building Performance, User Satisfaction and Financial Value across Energy, Carbon, Waste, and Materials

d’Andre Willis is Principal in HGA’s Community and Education practice group and serves on HGA’s firm-wide Sustainability Core Team.  She is an Associate Vice President of the company and leads projects for Fine Arts and Athletics and Recreation for colleges, universities and community groups.  She also leads sustainability initiatives for HGA projects in all segments.  She is the former Board President of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA), a founding member of Fund Milwaukee and HGA’s liaison to the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. d’Andre attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a Master of Architecture degree, following a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. She is a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C and a member of the AIA.  

Keith Winn, President, Catalyst Partners
Session:  Local Food Production and Urban Agriculture as LEED Credit

Keith Winn is the President of Catalyst Partners, a West-Michigan based business established in 2002. Catalyst Partners team includes a multi-dimensional consortium of knowledge leaders committed to high-performance and restorative design protocols for buildings, interiors and products. They specialize in green building design, development, construction and LEED certification with associated energy efficiency services, including auditing, modeling, systems-design, commissioning and incentive programs.  Keith’s extensive experience includes 25 years at Herman Miller, Inc., directing the design of a wide variety of domestic and international projects including buildings, interiors and products. He served as a member of the Environmental Quality Action Team, where he helped to form corporate environmental goals and chaired the Design for the Environment and Green Building Teams.  Professional Experience Keith has been an active participant in the evolution of sustainable methodologies used to assess, develop and measure both buildings and products. As a founding member of the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC), he conducted research to quantify green building benefits, was active in the development of LEED and instrumental in the adoption of LEED standard’s at Herman Miller and the City of Grand Rapids. He has been an integrative design leader and advisor throughout his career and certification manager on numerous projects since the inception of the LEED rating systems. 

Ed Woodbury, President, McCaffery Interests
Session: Chicago Lakeside Development: Bringing LEED for Neighborhood Development to the U.S. Steel Works Site

Edmund Woodbury is responsible for leading the firm’s executive management team and executing on the vision and strategic direction set by the firm. Mr. Woodbury has twenty-five years of experience in the real estate industry in numerous executive positions focused on the successful development of $1.5 billion of urban mixed-use projects. Ed is a registered architect and practiced for seven years in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in various senior design and management positions. He also held senior positions in Oxford Properties and BCE Development (now Brookfield) before joining McCaffery Interests. Ed is also active in his community, having served on his zoning board, plan commission and is a former Trustee and President of the village in which he resides. Mr. Woodbury received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the University of Illinois.
Jerry Yudelson, Founder, Yudelson Associates
Session: Building Chicago Conference Keynote 2: "What Do They Know That We Don't? Lessons From Beyond the U.S."