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Marquette University Fifth Annual Leadership Breakfast

To gain insights into commercial real estate trends and to learn about the future of Chicago’s new The 78 development, Bailey Edward’s multi-family experts David Kennedy and Zach Clark joined Ellen Dickson and Priya Kalidindi in attending Marquette University’s Commercial Real Estate Leadership Breakfast. Curt Bailey, the President of Related Midwest, discussed the future of real estate development and his top three trends to watch throughout 2019 via The 78’s mixed-use development. Bailey Edward works with Related Midwest on many multifamily and low-income housing projects and BE enjoys any opportunity to support their work.

Two trends that the BE team found interesting were the idea of open space as an amenity, especially in urban redevelopment, and Chicago’s untapped amenity being the south branch of the Chicago River. In regard to The 78, Curt Bailey described the proposal in detail from planning to design to infrastructure. As Chicago’s 78th neighborhood, The 78 is one of the most comprehensive urban redevelopment projects in the City. The work includes CTA and Metra transit, offices, residential, retail, cultural institutions, restaurants, as well as significant improvementsto the river edge.

APT WGLC / CHSA Symposium: Preservation of Industrial Archaeology and its Construction History

The Association of Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter (APT WGLC) and the Construction History Society of America (CHSA) co-hosted the symposium, offering attendees a variety of presentations combining preservation technology and construction history. Thomas Leslie, FAIA was the keynote speaker, presenting Chicago’s Other Skyscrapers, about the old grain silos in Chicago. Leslie described the unique construction methods using timber instead of concrete due to Chicago’s swampy soil’s inability to support the weight of concrete.

Two of BE’s preservation leaders, Tim Scovic and Karla Smalley attended the symposium and its multiple preservation project presentations, both local and national. “It is interesting to understand preservation perspectives and techniques that are going on in different parts of the country. There are many different building types and uses that depend on geographic location and that, in turn, changes the preservation remedies required.” – Tim Scovic

2019 AEC Buildtech Conference and Expo

Our Construction Administration and Branch Manager, Kevin Schnebly, attended AEC’s Buildtech Conference and Expo. Over the course of three days, the event highlighted the latest design & building processes, products and emerging technologies for entire building teams. Kevin had the opportunity to view the latest products and technologies in building design and construction, such as: the use of RF Tracking on materials, equipment and personnel to aid in identifying working patterns on job-sites and how modeling technology in a shared environment of a building is quickly becoming the new standard in building designs.

Educational sessions at the Expo included six separate tracks led by influential speakers focused on plumbing, HVAC/mechanical systems, flooring, building envelope, roofing, and general contracting. During these sessions Kevin was most interested in speaker Dr. Antony Wood, the CEO of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. At the Expo, “Dr. Wood described the trend of taking horizontal suburban living and applying it in a vertical application. With the rapid growth towards urban living being seen globally, it is important to handle density issues in a manner that still provides a sustainable quality lifestyle”. – Kevin Schnebly

Chicago Higher Education Real Estate Summit

Bailey Edward’s higher education specialist, Damon Wilson, attended the Summit to gain key insights into the future of public-private partnerships for higher education student housing. The event focused on explaining the changes in student needs and the amenities that support the modern student’s academic success and overall experience. The student demographic is evolving, with more international students, and an emphasis on connectivity. Damon’s favorite quote from the speaker was, “outlets and WIFI are more important than hot water”. Students are looking for hospitality and hotel-like facilities that offer amenities that support live, learn, work, and play in one space.

Our staff are actively engaged in work for multiple sectors representing a large breadth of clientele. It is so important for our staff to be aware of current trends and through events such as these we can pass along information to the client, meet with other professionals who share our interests, and maintain expertise in each sector. Be sure to meet up with the BE staff at upcoming events!