GSA's Ann P. Kalayil to Keynote Opening Day of BUILDING the HEARTLAND


The Advisory committee of BUILDING THE HEARTLAND has announced that Ann P. Kalayil, Ph.D., Regional Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration's Great Lakes Region, will keynote the opening day of BUILDING the HEARTLAND on August 31.

In her presentation on the Great Lakes Sustainability Plan 2020, 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 in the region.
The Great Lakes Sustainability Plan 2020 is considered the region’s road map to create and maintain a more sustainable, efficient federal government and a stronger GSA. Ann P. KalayilKalayil’s presentation will encourage discussion on achieving that goal through innovative technologies and practices.  A Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, Kalayil served on several government task forces and is the first woman to serve as the GSA’s regional administrator. She heads operations that provide federal agencies and the U.S. Courts in six states with support in real estate services, procurements, information technology, supplies, equipment, and vehicles.
Now in its third year, the BUILDING THE HEARTLAND 2015 Conference (formerly BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland) will be held August 31-September 2, at North America’s largest LEED Gold-certified hotel, the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.
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 five tracks:1) Technology (e.g., BIM, robotics, field tools, 3D printing); 2) Owner/Developer/Occupant panels (“What they want from their Building Teams”); 3) Residential (single-family, condo, apartment), 4) High-Performance Buildings (LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge), and 5) High-Performance Building Systems and Tools (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. 

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.