BUILDING THE HEARTLAND Conference Keynotes to Address Sustainability, “What Building Owners Really Want”


The 3rd Annual BUILDING THE HEARTLAND Conference, to be held August 31-September 2 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, will offer two keynote speakers and one keynote panel in addition to approximately 50 accredited learning sessions.

Opening day keynote Ann P. Kalayil, Ph.D., Regional Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region, will discuss the Strategic Sustainability Plan 2020 for the Great Lakes Region, considered the region’s road map to create and maintain a more sustainable, efficient federal government, and a stronger GSA.  Kalayil will highlight the five key areas of sustainability — Buildings, Workplace Transformation, Transportation, Supply Chain, and Sustainable Communities — that  can help strengthen GSA’s impact.
The September 1 sessions will open with a BOMA keynote panel discussion of “What Building Owners  Really Want in Their Projects.”  Betsy Traczek, Principal, The John Buck Company, will discuss site selection  considerations. Jan Goldsmith, SVP, Zeller Realty Group, will focus on office buildouts and workspace  improvements, office building lobby renovations, and adaptive reuse. Bill Vail, Senior Director, Asset  Services  at CBRE, will discuss special considerations in new construction, reconstruction, and renovation.  Bob Quast,  BOMA/Chicago’s Vice President and Vice President with Lincoln Property, will moderate. 
The September 2 keynote speaker, Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, Managing Director of the Global Adaptation Index for global resilience, will present “Unlocking Global Adaptation Solutions: Examining Critical Risks and  Opportunities in a Climate-changed World.”  Coffee is a board member of the American Society of  Adaptation Professionals and a founding board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency.  
 All education sessions will offer AIA CES or Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) learning units, or  both. The event is sponsored by SGC Horizon’s Building Design+Construction magazine, AIA Chicago, and  USGBC-Illinois.
The 2015 BUILDING THE HEARTLAND program will feature four tracks: 1) Technology (e.g., BIM, robotics, field tools, 3D printing); 2) Owner/Developer/Occupant panels (“What they want from their Building Teams”);  3) High-Performance Buildings (LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge), and 4) Green Building  Tools + Strategies (e.g., energy modeling, biophilia, energy codes, materials, stormwater management).  In addition to leading keynote speakers and networking events, the 2015 BUILDING THE HEARTLAND also will feature an all-day LEED v4 workshop on August 1. 
Sponsorships and tabletop exhibits are available.  For sponsorship information, contact John Rogier:,847.391.1053.


For attendees or exhibitors to register and view more information on conference seminars, contact Harry Urban at; 847.954.7928.