Bisnow: Chicago Construction & Development 2019

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Bisnow: Chicago Construction & Development 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8:00am to 11:00am


With companies like McDonals and Google opening offices in Chicago there is no shortage of new construction and development. But, while it may not be as flashy as new Class-A office space, Chicags industrial sector is currently booming with 18.9M SQ in the pipeline. As Chicago continues to grow, they face the same challenges as the rest of the country: labor and material costs continuing to skyrocket. But, new technologies could be the solution to help lower costs and speed up construction time. Join us and our all star line up of industry experts as we dive into these topics and more!

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Mark Skender CEO Skender
Since joining the firm in 1989, Mark has played an integral role in the development of the company's long-term vision, strategic direction, organizational design, and values. He oversees the firm's operations and is responsible for innovating the way Skender delivers projects. As a pioneer in Chicago's Lean construction movement, Mark helped create and implement Skender's industry-leading approach to Lean project delivery. He is also the visionary behind Skender's integration of design, manufacturing and construction, as well as the firm's breakthrough modular offering, which earned Skender recognition in 2019 as one of the "world's most innovative companies," according to Fast Company. Mark is a board member of the Illinois Housing Council and sits on the board of trustees for Frances Xavier Warde Schools in Chicago. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Judy Frydland Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings City of Chicago
Judy Frydland serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Buildings for the City of Chicago. The Department of Buildings is a 285?person department with an annual budget of $37 million. The DOB enhances safety and quality of life for residents and visitors of the City of Chicago through permitting, inspections, trade licensing, and enforcement of the Chicago Building Code. Since Commissioner Frydland's appointment in 2015, the Department has implemented several reforms that have streamlined the permit process for all building projects, from single-family home renovations to large-scale developments, making it quicker and more efficient to obtain a permit than ever before. In 2017, the Buildings Department issued a record 48,408 permits. Under her leadership, the Department is modernizing City code to align with national and international standards. In fall 2017, Chicago became one of the first major cities to align with the National Electrical Code. The updated code improves safety requirements, advances sustainability, brings additional energy efficiency to Chicago's booming building industry and can lower costs on electric bills for residents and businesses. Prior to joining the Department of Buildings, Ms. Frydland spent 25 years in the Chicago Law Department working with various city departments, community groups and other stakeholders on the enforcement of building code, municipal health and business license regulations. In her role as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Building and Licensing Enforcement, Ms. Frydland enforced the city's vacant building ordinance and implemented strategies aimed to preserve the city's housing stock, closed down and revoked licenses for problem businesses engaging in criminal activity, actively preserved occupied residential buildings through circuit court litigation and city programs, aggressively prosecuted illegal signs and dangerous and hazardous rooftop water tanks, as well as enforced the Life Safety Evaluation (LSE) requirements for pre-1975 high-rise buildings. Commissioner Frydland is the recipient of the 2018 "Labor Person of the Year" award from IBEW Local 134 and the 2018 "Building Industry Woman of the Year in Construction" award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago. Ms. Frydland graduated from I.I.T. Chicago Kent College of Law, was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1990 and is a current member of the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Frydland earned her law degree while working as a social worker and assistant administrator in a nursing home. Ms. Frydland also has a Master's Degree in Community Health Care Planning and Administration.
John McLinden Managing Partner Hubbard Street Group
John brings 30 years of real estate experience to Hubbard Street Group. Over his career, he has developed over $3 billion of institutional-grade commercial, residential and hotel properties across the country. John focuses his attention on HSG's new development and investment activity in Chicago and other major markets. John received a BBA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. John loves traveling the world with his wife, friends and growing family. He enjoys road biking, skiing, golfing, hiking out west and good wine and food.
Gary Pachucki Founder & President IBT Group
Mr. Pachucki is Founder and Principal of the IBT Group LLC, which focuses on creative urban developments in metropolitan areas. Current projects include 1200 Fulton, a full-block creative office, retail and entertainment complex in the West Fulton Market area of Chicago. Mr. Pachucki is responsible for strategic management of all development activities for IBT Group including pipeline, acquisition, financing, planning, leasing and project execution. He has over 30 years of real estate experience and has been involved in the development of over ten million of square feet of office, residential and retail space throughout the country during his career. Prior to the formation of the IBT Group, Mr. Pachucki started and oversaw retail development in the Midwest for Opus Group of Companies, a family owned real estate company which was one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the country. Prior to OPUS he spent several years with Balcor as Vice president where he was responsible for an extensive national portfolio of 2,000,000 square feet of commercial space and 60,000 residential units. An architect by training, Mr. Pachucki spent several years with at the time the largest architectural firm in Wisconsin, Mochon, Schutte, Hackworthy & Juerisson, where he was involved in various aspects of the design process for institutional and commercial buildings including airports, schools and residential projects. Mr. Pachucki graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and also completed graduate level studies at the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. View Profile
Benjamin Brichta Managing Partner Property Markets Group
As a Managing Partner, Ben is responsible for building and executing PMG's X Social Communities (XSC) development pipeline, currently spanning eight markets, over $1B of construction activity, and some 10,000 beds. Ben oversees all aspects of project delivery and is particularly interested in incorporating compelling public spaces and programming into the portfolio, focusing on the intersection of art, design, and technology. Prior to joining PMG, Ben worked as an architect in New York City and then in Investment Sales for Baum Realty Group in Chicago, a leading commercial real estate service provider. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Ben graduated with honors from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and went on to receive a Master of Architecture with a concentration in Real Estate Development from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation in New York City.
Eli Ungar Founder & Principal Antheus Capital
Jenny Han Director of Healthcare Design Skender
A licensed architect with 25 years of experience, Jenny oversees Skender's modular architecture and design for healthcare projects. In her role as director of healthcare design, she manages day-to-day design administration, including staffing, budgeting and planning. Previously, Jenny led on-site design teams for capital projects at Rush University Medical Center, where she supervised program management and design for a wide variety of campus- wide initiatives, including interior renovations, master planning and programming, and budgeting and forecasting. Since 1999, Jenny has mentored high school-aged immigrant and refugee women with the Young Women Warriors (YWW) mentorship program. She has been a board member since 2007 for the YWW's parent organization, the Chinese Mutual Aid Association, of which she is currently board chair. She also volunteers on the board of directors for the Hanul Family Alliance. Jenny earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.
Heather Morrison Founder & President MAPS
Heather Morrison is the Founder and President of Morrison Architectural Planning Strategies, LLC. She is an architectural strategist and project manager with a twenty-five year record of successfully managing large-scale architectural and construction projects. Recent high-profile developments on which Heather was an integral team member include One Bennett Park, 727 W Madison, Tribune Tower renovation, and the Salvation Army redevelopment in the West Loop. Heather had previously managed the permitting, regulatory review, and code compliance on Lurie Children's Hospital, the City's first high-rise hospital built in the modern era of building, fire, and accessibility codes. Afterward, she started a new strategic planning department at a large permit expediting company in Chicago before starting MAPS. Heather founded MAPS to provide a new compliance partner role on real estate teams to eliminate delays and reduce uncertainty by anticipating all compliance issues from zoning to design and occupancy upfront. MAPS embraces the code and permitting process as one of the most important drivers of a successful project. As your compliance partner, Heather focuses on editing architectural designs prior to permit submittal and strategically planning the mission of permitting and licensing, resulting in a wealth of benefits. With these goals at the front and center of the pre-construction process, projects are completed with better design outcomes and both time and money saved. Heather and her team have served as a dedicated compliance partner on many large scale and successful developments with most of Chicago's notable developers. View Profile
Peter Ousley Business Development Director d'Escoto
Mr. Ousley is the lead representative and a point of contact for the professional service clients of d'Escoto Inc. He directs the principals responsible for project organization, operations, logistics and compliance. Mr. Ousley works to coordinate overall planning and implementation of all contract requirements. Additionally, Mr. Ousley leads the effort to develop business opportunities managing relationships among subcontractors, partners, and clients on behalf of d'Escoto. Prior to joining d'Escoto, Mr. Ousley served as a Vice President and Public Sector Lead for Lendlease in Chicago. As Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), he was responsible for overseeing the operation of the nation's second largest public transit system; serving Chicago and 40 neighboring communities. Mr. Ousley served as the First Deputy Commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Buildings and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Aviation, where he managed more than 400 employees responsible for enforcing the Chicago Building Code and the real estate portfolio for both municipal airports, respectively. To engage his civic obligations Mr. Ousley serves as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. "Chicago Politics" is the focus of a course he has refined and enjoys leading each year as he works to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders.
Tina Bird Partner Freeborn & Peters LLP
Tina Bird is a Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group and her practice is nationwide, including contract drafting and negotiation, arbitrations, civil trials, mediations, claim preparation and mid-project analysis. Tina represents material suppliers, subcontractors, contractors, construction managers, design-builders, architects, owners and sureties in every aspect of their business. Before joining Freeborn, Tina was a Partner at Clark Hill PLC in the Firm's Construction, Business and Corporate Transactions, Litigation and Real Estate departments. REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS Defended a construction company against breach of warranty claims as to construction of a subdivision of single-family homes. Represented and was successful on behalf of many subcontractors in asserting mechanic's lien claims on both public and private projects, and general contractors on private projects including the preparation of the actual liens and the prosecution of the lien litigation itself. Represented large developers in breach of contract claims including projects in Maryland and Florida. Negotiated multi-million dollar contracts for the construction of the Trump Tower and McCormick Place Expansion projects. Successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar contractor claim concerning construction of the Cleveland Browns stadium. Successfully appealed a trial court decision resulting in the creation of mechanic's lien rights for trucking and hauling of construction material. Represented large national developer in securing disputed zoning rights for construction of a multi-million dollar shopping center.


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