Presenters

Panelists

Craig Burton

Craig Burton

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL, INTERFACE ENGINEERING

Craig has worked in the performance simulation field for more than 10 years, and focuses on the analysis and integration of design strategies for buildings and urban places. Concentrating on the use of parametric simulation software, he works to bridge the gap between the engineer and the decision-maker with performance data, analytics and whole life-cycle costing.


Christopher Dillion

Christopher Dillion

President, Campbell Coyle Real Estate

Chris leads sustainable development and district-scale revitalization efforts, producing highly transformative real estate projects in a growing number of urban and micro-urban communities throughout the Great Lakes region. His past work includes the development of over two million square feet of retail, residential, and mixed-use real estate. He is a leader in green building and has developed, lectured, and advocated on the sustainability movement. Chris is credited with developing one of the most sustainable private sector projects in the City of Chicago.


Barbara Hickey

Barbara Hickey

VICE PRESIDENT, The John Buck Company

Barbara has more than 18 years of experience in facilities maintenance management. Her operational background covers a breadth of industry sectors including commercial office, mixed use, luxury hotel, residential, higher education and federal government. She has a unique combination of field and project management experience, as well as deep technical knowledge. Barbara earned a master of industrial technology and operations degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor of arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University.


Stephen Katz

Stephen Katz

Senior Associate and Technical Director, Gensler

Stephen has 24 years of experience. His work currently focuses on high-performing building facades including projects in Shanghai, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, New York and Los Angeles. In addition, he is engaged in research studies that look at façade energy performance as a unique part of total building performance. Stephen holds a master’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.


Frank Saldano

Frank Soldano

VICE PRESIDENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING, Related Midwest

Frank leads construction and architectural project management on a variety of adaptive re-use, historic preservation and new construction projects. With more than 25 years of experience, Frank is involved in developments from conception through completion. In his current role, he is responsible for technical coordination and quality control across projects. As a LEED-accredited professional, he helps establish sustainability goals for all Related Midwest developments, overseeing the LEED certification process. A licensed architect, Frank completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies, he holds an M.B.A and a second master’s degree in architecture.


Peter Weismantle

Peter Weismantle

Director of Supertall Buildings Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP

Peter is responsible for overseeing the development of AS+GG’s supertall projects from onset to completion. He works in collaboration with the project team to develop the design of such technical elements as the building envelope, vertical transportation and life safety systems; and to assure compliance with applicable building codes and standards. Prior to joining AS+GG, Peter served as a senior technical architect on the world’s tallest building; the 163-story, 2,717 ft tall Burj Khalifa. He’s collaborated on large mixed-use developments in London, as well as the 94-story Trump International Hotel and tower in Chicago. He is a fellow of AIA and CTBUH and past chair of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings. He is president of the Safety Glazing Certification Council, chairman of the CTBUH Advisory Committee, member of the Underwriters Laboratories Architectural Advisory Group, as well as the National Fire Prevention Association High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee.


Moderators

Michael Berkshire

Michael Berkshire

Green Projects Administrator, City of Chicago

Michael develops and implements public policy and incentives to encourage the use of green roofs and sustainable urban and building design in the private sector. He led an interdepartmental team that developed the Chicago Sustainable Development Policy, which requires public and private developers to include sustainable strategies in projects that are receiving financial or zoning assistance from the city. This policy has required the design of more than 500 green roofs totaling over 6 million square feet of vegetative cover. Michael has also been involved in the development of several innovative green roof incentive programs and is coordinating the creation and implementation of the city’s urban design plan, Adding Green to Urban Design.


Susan Heinking

Susan Heinking

Director of High Performance and Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction

Susan has nearly a decade of experience designing and managing sustainability programs and initiatives. She serves as a resource for Pepper's sustainable projects in progress and is also an active advocate for sustainability. Her many areas of involvement include Chicago's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance, the AIA2030 Chicago Working Group, co-chairing Chicago's AIA COTE knowledge group, participating in RETROFIT Chicago and working with the Chicago Biomimicry Group. In addition, Susan serves on the USGBC Illinois Board of Directors. Most recently, Susan was named to ENR's 20 under 40 list. Susan holds a master of architecture from the University of Oregon and is an active presenter at industry conventions.


Speakers

Jean Ascoli

Jean Ascoli

Senior Energy Efficiency Program Manager, ComEd

In her current role, Jean directs the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering. Prior to joining ComEd, she developed and implemented a new construction energy efficiency program for public sector projects in Illinois, through her work with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, an implementer for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. She has also worked as an owner’s representative and consultant architect, specializing in high-performance commercial building design. Jean trained as a Passive House consultant and provided architectural design services on the Equinox House; the first net zero home in Urbana, Illinois.


Brett Bridgeland

Brett Bridgeland

Energy Engineer, Seventhwave

Brett is an energy engineer for Seventhwave supporting the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. He consults with design teams and building owners on high performance buildings. With experience in both the fields of architecture and engineering, he drives integrative, creative solutions that are supported by technical analysis. Brett’s building design portfolio includes residential and commercial high rises and city-scale developments. He led two projects that won AIA Chicago Design Excellence awards. Brett earned his master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University and received his master’s in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Antony Wood

Antony Wood

Executive Director, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Antony has been the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Executive Director since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and steering in conjunction with the Board of Trustees. His tenure has seen a revitalization of the organization and an increase in output and initiatives across all areas. Antony is also a Research Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a visiting professor of tall buildings at Tongji University Shanghai. Antony is the author of numerous books and papers about tall buildings, sustainability, and related area.