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This calendar of Chicago architectural events is jointly sponsored by Repeat and the Chicago Architectural Club.

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   August 1, Saturday

Green Transportation

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.
AIA/CES 2

Presentation by Samantha Bingham, Chicago Department of Environment

Climate-friendly transportation. Energy independence. High fuel prices. Concerns about climate change and air quality. Whatever your motivation to change your transportation habits, attendance at this seminar offers the opportunity to learn more about traveling clean and green. This seminar will cover ways to reduce transportation costs while saving the planet. From eco-driving to alternative fuels and hybrids to ride-sharing, you will come away understanding the environmental impact of your transportation choices as well as current options and those that will be available in the near future.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information

   August 4 , Tuesday

First Tuesdays Happy Hour

5:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Rock Bottom Brewery, 1 W. Grand Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Join us for the happy hour social at Rock Bottom Brewery and start your summer early. Come out and meet other design professionals within a casual atmosphere! Everybody is welcome, including students and recent grads (must be 21+ to drink). And check out our Meetup page at www.meetup.com/Chicago

Information online.

Chicago Visionaries: From Burnham To Today And Beyond

6:00 P.M. - Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library, 400 South State
Sponsor: Chicago Public Library
Free event

Chicago today is as much on the brink of progress as the Chicago of 100 years ago. Join some of our city's most innovative thinkers in a discussion of how to keep Chicago vital Author Carl Smith among panelists at Chicago Visionaries: From Burnham to Today and Beyond, at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago, August 4, 2009and vibrant in the 21st century. Panelists include Carl Smith, author of the Fall 2009 One Book, One Chicago selection, The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City; Nichole Pinkard, Director of Innovation at the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute; architects Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen of UrbanLab and Archeworks; and Angela Hurlock, Director of Claretian Associates, developers of green and affordable housing on Chicago's Southeast side. The discussion will be moderated by MarySue Barrett, President of the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Information online.

Be Green, Save Green: Chicago Climate Action Plan’s $800 Savings Challenge

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.
AIA/CES 2

Presentation by TaNaisha Lee and Shelli Bruno, WRD Environmental

Nearly one year ago, the City launched the Chicago Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive roadmap to reducing our emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. The success of the Plan depends on each and every Chicagoan taking collective taking action to reduce their carbon emissions, and the $800 Savings Challenge shows easy low-or-no cost ways to protect the environment while saving money. This talk will feature the $800 Savings Challenge and enable participants to get their friends, families, and organizations onboard with the $800 Savings Challenge.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information

   August 5 , Wednesday

Tour: Old Orchard Woods

5:00 - 7:00 P.M. - Sales Center at 9645 Woods Drive, Skokie
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Residential Design KCTod Desmarais of Optima Inc leads a tour of Optima Old Orchard Woods for AIA Chicago August 5, 20092009
Free event for members and non-members
1.5 LU/HSW/SD

Tod Desmarais, FAIA, of Optima, Inc. will lead a tour Optima Old Orchard Woods, a large-scale residential design/build development featured in the January/February issue of Chicago Architect. Tod will discuss the key aspects of this project, such as environmental design, site planning, multi-phased construction scheduling, and marketing and sales.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Study materials are available in an informal setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   August 6 , Thursday

The Underbelly of Chicago

12:15 P.M., Millennium Room, 5th floor east, Chicago Cultural Center, Washington and Michigan
Sponsor: Friends of Downtown.
Free event.

Besides the subway, what other infrastructure is lurking below Chicago’s downtown streets? Many of us who were residents or workers in downtown Chicago on April 13, 1992 found out part of the answer to that question. Earlier that morning, some 124 million gallons of murky Chicago River water poured through a crack into a little-used, all-but-forgotten 47-mile network of freight tunnels under the central business district. After filling the tunnels, the river water rose into the basements of many downtown buildings, knocking out electric power and natural gas service. Friends of Downtown decided that it was time to revisit that story with the intention of learning more about what infrastructure lurks below the surface of our fair city.

Join Herb Berg of HBK Engineering as he sheds light on Chicago’s underbelly, returns to the day of the flood and expands our knowledge of the inner workings of our city below street level and out of sight.

Information: 312/458.9454 or on-line

Commission on Chicago Landmarks

12:45 P.M., City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 201-A , Permit Review Committee meets afterwards at 33 North LaSalle, Suite 1600
Open to the public

Commission meeting and schedule and agenda's on-line.

   August 10 , Monday

Blueprints 2009 - SOAR honors Adrian Smith

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.., Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago
Sponsor: SOAR (Streeterville Organization of Active Residents)
$100.00 per person, $140.00 includes SOAR membership

SOAR's BLUEPRINTs 2009 Fundraiser features unique architectural artifacts offered in live and silent auction formats. This year's theme is Green buildings and the environment; Blueprints 2009 will honor Adrian Smith, architect for some of the world's tallest buildings, including the Trump Tower, NBC Tower, and Olympia Center in Chicago, and the Burj Dubai in Dubai. The silent auction will feature gift certificates to Streeterville restaurants along with architectural renderings and sports memorabilia. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of an award to Adrian Smith honoring architectural excellence.

Information 312-280-2596 or on-line.

   August 11 , Tuesday

Chicago Community Development Commission

1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers, 121 North LaSalle
Open to the public

Monthly meeting.

Meeting schedules and agenda's on-line.

Community Meeting on Michael Reese Hospital

6:00 P.M., Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan
Open to the public

This meeting addresses the 2016 Olympic plans for the 3rd, 4th, and 20th wards, which Community Meeting on the 2016 Olympics and the fate of the Bauhaus inspired architecture co-designed by Walter Gropius on the Michael Reese Campus, August 11, 2009contain Michael Reese Hospital. Your presence and support is crucial. Alderman Preckwinkle stated that this meeting is the preferred forum for Chicago residents to voice their concerns about the historic Bauhaus-inspired architecture at Michael Reese Hospital designed with the participation of Walter Gropius. The Gropius in Chicago Coalition emphasizes that "a large turn out is essential, so please encourage your friends and family to participate. This may be one of our best chances to make an impact to the 2016 Olympic Committee. Remember that demolition is proceeding and without our support, the campus may not survive even until the IOC vote in October."

Information on-line.

Proposed Burnham Memorial in Grant Park

6:30 p.m.., Daley Bicentennial Plaza Fieldhous, 337 E. Randolph,just east of Columbus
Sponsors: Grant Park Conservancy, Grant Park Advisory Council
Open to the public

A $5 million, Daniel Burnham memorial is planned to be located in Grant Park in front of the north facade of the Field Museum at the terraced, open green space. Burnham strongly deserves to be honored in Grant Park, but is this the best location to do that?

Where the much-celebrated axis of Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett’s world-famous Plan of Chicago meets the lake, Queen’s Queens Crossing, Chicago, to be discussed along with the Proposed Burnham Memorial in Grant Park, at the Grant Park Advisory Council meeting August 11, 2009Landing and Buckingham Fountain remain cut off by 10 lanes of highway. The Lake Shore Drive street-level pedestrian/bike crossing was closed for safety reasons over 4 years ago. A grade-separated crossing is desperately needed and has very wide public support. Could a $5 million memorial be integrated into better honoring Burnham’s incredible legacy at a grade-separated crossing to our cherished lakefront elegantly connecting Buckingham Fountain to Lake Michigan? This is a site visited by millions of people each year. This would significantly help open the lakefront to pedestrians and bicyclists and at the same time honor Burnham and Chicago’s growing legacy as a green, pedestrian and bike-friendly city.

The proposed location at the north end of the Museum Campus was already a part of a recent $100 million public improvement project. The memorial would consist of two granite walls. It will also include a life-size statue of Daniel Burnham. The presentation will be made by the winning architect and the Burnham Memorial Committee.

Information on-line.

   August 12 , Wednesday

The Green Scene/Organic Networking

3:00 - 9:00 p.m.., 4552 West Patterson Avenue, Chicago, IL
Sponsor: Digital Innovations, Rabine Paving, ConcreteLot.com, Lutron, Night Light Landscape Illumination
Free event

Cultivate relationships and plant the seeds to help your organization grow. Enjoy an outstanding summer evening of education, interaction, and great food with friends and members of Chicago’s design community. Schedule:

  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Green Paving Seminar (featuring Ultra-Whitetopping, Pervious Pavements, Infrared Patching, and 100% Pavement Recycling) – Presented by Rabine Paving
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Green Roofing and Living Wall Construction – Presented by R. Commercial Roofing Solutions
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Light Control and Sustainable Residential Design Continuing Education (AIA and IDCEC) – Presented by Lutron
  • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Revolutionizing Landscape Illumination with LED – Presented by Night Light
  • 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Organic Networking

RSVP and information: l 800-550-6693.

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Study materials are available in an informal setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

Commercial Real Estate Finance 2009

7:00 P.M. - Budlong Woods Branch Library, 5630 N. Lincoln
Sponsor: Urban Habitat ChicagoDan Kastilahn lectures on Commercial Real Estate Finance 2009 for Urban Habitat Chicago at the Budlong Woods Public Library, August 12, 2009
Free event. Space limited, registration requested.

Dan Kastilahn will update his 2008 lecture with new incentives from the Obama Stimulus Package and other recent developments. If you’re planning a green capital improvement or a new building or development, do not miss this lecture!

Register on-line. Information on-line.

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Study materials are available in an informal setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

The Conquest of European Architecture: Native Masters and the Construction of Colonial Quito

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.. - Recital Hall at Northeastern IL University, 5500 N St Louis
Sponsors: The General Consulate of Ecuador, Northeastern IL Univ, Arquitectos
Free event - presented in Spanish

The indigenous contribution to the construction and decoration of colonial Quito has, for the past two centuries, been minimized and frequently overlooked in the literature. Native “artisans” have been characterized as “masses of anonymous manual laborers” who simply followed the designs and instructions of their European masters. Recent research reveals that hundreds of native masters, journeymen, and officials in fact dominated artistic and architectural production in Quito throughout the colonial period. This talk, which will be spented in Spanish,highlights the multiple activities and contributions of indigenous artists and architects in an effort to reintroduce their identities, works, and achievements to the history of colonial Quito.

Lecturer Dr. Susan V. Webster is the Jane W. Mahoney Chair in Art and Art History at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She holds a doctorate in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. For the past twelve years she has conducted research in Ecuador on the art and architecture of the colonial period. She is currently at work on a book about native master artists and architects in colonial Quito.

   August 13 , Thursday

Chicago 2175: Creating the Change

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. - Northside College Preparatory High School, 5501 N. Kedzie
Sponsor: Urban Habitat Chicago
$125.00 members, $150.00 nonmembers, $250.00 supporter. Call for student costs. Space limited. (On-line purchase requires Google account.)

First day of three day conference. The goal of the "Chicago 2175:Creating the Change" Chicago 2175: Creating the Change, three day conference sponsored by Urban Habitat Chicago, August 13-15, 2009conference is to empower building professionals and active citizens to take the most effective steps now to achieve environmental balance for future generations. Today's full day of lectures on key environmental topics prepares participants will be followed by two days of skill-building hands-on workshops. This year's highlight is an introduction to pervious concrete, including certification for Filtercrete installation. This should be of particular interest to contractors, architects, developers and homeowners.

Registration and information on-line.

   August 14 , Friday

Chicago 2175: Creating the Change - Pervious Concrete Installation Training and Certification

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. - Northside College Preparatory High School, 5501 N. Kedzie
Sponsor: Urban Habitat Chicago
$125.00 members, $150.00 nonmembers, $250.00 supporter. Call for student costs. Space limited. (On-line purchase requires Google account.)

Second day of three day conference will feature a full day workshop presented by Ozinga. Understanding what needs to be done to change our cities is a step to creating change,
but having the ability to do so is another power entirely. Learn the skills to help make our
cities permeable, cooler and ultimately more livable. Please dress appropriately to manage sun exposure, warm weather, abrasion hazards, eye protection and hand protection.
Long sleeve shirts, pants and boots are recommended.

Registration and information on-line.

   August 15 , Saturday

Chicago 2175: Creating the Change - Outdoor Hands-on Workshops

12:00 noon - 4:30 p.m.. - Northside College Preparatory High School, 5501 N. Kedzie
Sponsor: Urban Habitat Chicago
$125.00 members, $150.00 nonmembers, $250.00 supporter. Call for student costs. Space limited. (On-line purchase requires Google account.)

Clsosing day of three day conference will feature a full day workshop. Solar cooker construction, biofiber utilization, solar distillation of water, composting, creation of biofuels, demonstration garden tour and SDGG (solar dried ground garbage) fertilizer creation. Please dress appropriately to manage sun exposure, warm weather and potential abrasion hazards

Registration and information on-line.

   August 17 , Monday

Reinventing Public Investment

12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Lecture Hall Gallery, Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 South Michigan
Sponsor: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Metropolitan Planning Council, the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the U.S. Green Building Council
$20.00, $15.00 for members of participating organizations and students. Lunch will be provided.
HSW/SD 1.5

The third in an important discussion series about how your tax dollars are used in your community, the Chicago region, and the United States.

To what extent do investment decisions made in Washington, D.C. affect the Chicago region’s economy and built environment? If we want cleaner air, ample supplies of water, and better connections between jobs, homes and transit, what changes do we need to makeReinventing Public Investment, panel at the Chicago Architecture Foundation August 17, 2009 to the way our public investment dollars are used?

A panel including Henry Henderson, Natural Resources Defense Council, Kevin Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and Peter Mulvaney, Sustainable Infrastructure Administrator, City of Chicago Dept. of Water Management, will explore how federal energy, water, and land use policies have shaped decisions and development in the Chicago region and beyond. Panelists will discuss opportunities to affect change in Washington, D.C. – through federal legislation on climate change mitigation, water infrastructure funding, and renewable energy – in order to spur more innovative solutions closer to home, such as the Chicago Climate Action Plan and Milwaukee’s innovative green infrastructure systems.

Register on-line. Information on-line or call 312/863.6045

   August 18 , Tuesday

Greening of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower

6:00 - 7:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Environment KCSundee Wislow of U.S. Equities and Sara Beardsley of Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture talk about the greening of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower at AIA Chicago, August 18, 2009
Free for AIA members and non-members
1.0 LU/HSW/SD

Sundee Wislow, director of sustainability at US Equities, and Sara Beardsley, AIA, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, will speak about the greening of Willis Tower. As the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Willis Tower has reduced its energy use by 30% over its use when originally built. Current efforts such as pursuit of LEED-EB and future goals to save even more energy, waste and water, will be discussed.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

   August 19 , Wednesday

Working with the GSA: An Application Process Primer

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Practice Management KC
Free for AIA members, $15.00 for non-members
1.5 LU

The 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act currently allocates $5.55 billion for building projects, many of which are administered by the General Services Administration. Robert Theel, AIA, Regional Chief Architect for the GSA Great Lakes Region, will outline the criteria and process used by the agency to select Architectural and Engineering service providers for projects the agency oversees: Lead Designer Qualifications; Team Qualifications & Interview; The Charrette Option; and Vision Competition Option.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Study materials are available in an informal setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   August 20 , Thursday

Geothermal Heat Pumps: What You Need to Know

12:00 - 1:00 p.m... - Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Technical Issues KC
Free for AIA members and non-members
1.5 LU

Learn about the HVAC choice the U.S. EPA calls the most energy-efficient, cost-effective, environmentally clean heating and cooling technology currently known to exist. Learn the "who, what, where, when, why" of a GeoExchange System (also known as geothermal heat pumps). Mike Kuk will provide an overview: environmental benefits, federal tax incentives and potential funding sources, system selection criteria, steps for performing an engineering analysis, and resources and support available. He will also share his experiences with the design, installation, and commissioning of geothermal systems in Northern Illinois. Bring your lunch; the cafeteria is closed this month.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

Chicago Plan Commission

Time and place tentative: 1:00 P.M., City Council Chambers 121 N. LaSalle Street (rescheduled from July 16th)
Open to the public

Commission meeting and schedule and agenda's on-line.

Green Office Challenge

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
Sponsor: Chicago Center for Green Technology
Free event, seating limited.
AIA/CES 2

Presentation by Meghann Maves, OWP/P

In December 2008, OWP/P registered for the Green Office Challenge–a program and competition designed for commercial property owners and office tenants to green their operations, and reduce business practices that negatively impact the changing climate. Join OWP/P for a case study which introduces the Green Office Challenge and our company’s commitment to the environment, examines OWP/P’s goals for the Challenge and strategies for achievement and offers a progress report on our efforts, accomplishments and lessons learned.

Register by calling the hotline at 312/746.9642, or by emailing your desired class and contact information with “Green Tech U” as the subject line.our desired class and contact information..

   August 22 , Saturday

Tour: Architecture Along the Chicago River by Kayak

10:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Kayak Chicago, 1501 N. Magnolia Avenue
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
$40.00 for members and non-members - register by August 13th.

Come and paddle the architectural canyons of the Chicago River. We will begin with an introduction to paddle strokes, group dynamics and river safety. Then we will explore theTour architecture along the Chicago River by Kayak, AIA Chicago event, August 22, 2009 city from a new perspective: paddle below towering skyscrapers and under the streets of Chicago, past tour boats and under water canons, and back to North Ave. We'll need at least 25 people to make this event happen. No experience is required. If you want to be part of it, please register by August 13. You'll need to sign a waiver as part of registration.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

   August 25 , Tuesday

Lessons from the Last Boom

5:00 P.M. - Burnham Conference Center at APA • 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600,
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Free event
CM 1.0

Chicago experienced a residential boom in the 1990s and early 2000s. Many older industrial and commercial properties were converted to residential uses, and some of theTom Smith and Mary Fishman lecture on Lessons from the Last Boom at APA Chicago August 25, 2009 city's old retail districts became mixed use neighborhoods. Although much of this new development was well designed and well received, the city was also struggling with a rash of residential teardowns. Former Chicago city planners Tom Smith and Mary Fishman will focus on the "geography" of growth in Chicago and highlight the lessons learned through the city's successes and failures.

Information: 312/431.9100 or on-line

42nd Ward Community Forum on Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics

6:00 P.M. - Empire Room(!), Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe
Sponsor: 42nd ward alderman Brendan Reilly, Chicago 2016
Free event
CM 1.0

Speaker: Pat Ryan, Chairman, Chicago 2016

Information: 312/861.4855

   August 26 , Wednesday

Gropius in Chicago: A Legacy on the Brink

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Historic Resources and Regional & Urban Design KCs, Young Architects Forum
Free event
1 LU

Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus and one of the undisputed world leaders of Grahm Balkany of the Gropius in Chicago Coalition lectures at AIA Chicago August 26, 2009 on the buildings designed with the involvement of Walter Gropius on the Michael Reese Hospital campus, and plans to demolish them for the 2016 Olympicsarchitecture during the twentieth century, is generally not known to have executed works in Illinois. However, recent research has revealed that the site of Michael Reese Hospital on Chicago’s Near South Side contains a collection of structures on which Gropius collaborated, commissioned over an impressive period of fifteen years. At this site, Walter Gropius executed his only built work in the State of Illinois, a surprisingly complete portrait of the artist, comprising site planning, urban design, and individual buildings.

Grahm Balkany of the Gropius in Chicago Coalition will detail his exciting research into Walter Gropius’s mostly forgotten role in Chicago. His research indicates that the Michael Reese Hospital campus has at least eight buildings done with Gropius’s heavy involvement, in addition to his master planning vision.

With the site now owned by the City of Chicago for the proposed 2016 Olympic Village and subsequent residential development, current plans call for the demolition of the entire hospital site, leaving only one building out of 30 standing. In the process, Chicago’s built Gropius legacy, a tremendous asset and tangible opportunity, would be entirely lost. Learn about the significance of these structures and what possibilities exist for adaptive reuse of the property.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Information: 312/670.7770; Information and Registration on-line.

ARE Study Hall

5:30 - 9:00 P.M. - AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 250 - Note: if no one shows up to study by 6:30 p.m., the office will be closed.
Sponsor: AIA Chicago Young Architects Forum
Free event

Study materials are available in an informal setting.

Information: 312/670.7770

   August 27 , Thursday

SEPAC 4th Annual Cocktail Party

5:15 - 7:30 p.m., drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor
Sponsor: Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Structural Engineers Foundation
$50.00 per person.

The Board of the Political Action Committee of the Structural Engineers (SEPAC) cordially invites the structural engineering community to a cocktail party at the Cliff Dwellers Club overlooking Millennium Park and the newly opened Modern Wing of the Art Institute. The venue features an outdoor deck with beautiful views of the lakefront. After mingling with those in attendance, the SEPAC Board is planning an informal panel SEAOI SEPAC Cocktail Party at the Cliff Dwellers, Augustdiscussion. Among the items to be discussed are changes to the Illinois SE Licensing Act and upcoming national changes to SE licensure.

SEPAC represents the interests of the structural engineering profession in the political and legislative arenas in Illinois as an independent, bipartisan political action committee dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare; the representation Structural Engineers in relevant government activities; and the preservation and advancement of the Structural Engineering profession. It is composed of SEAOI members who volunteer their time to meet regularly and to keep SEAOI membership aware of current issues affecting the practice of structural engineering. Through its officers and legislative lobbyists, SEPAC monitors legislation and regulatory changes. The financial support for SEPAC comes from the contributions of individual Structural Engineers, from large and small structural engineering firms, and from firms related to the structural engineering profession.

RSVP: to Donna Childs at call 312/726.4165 x200 extension 200 or via email. Information on-line.

Green Roofs: A 50/50 Proposition

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.. - Hafele America Chicago Showroom, 154 W. Hubbard
Sponsor: Hafele America Young Leaders
Free event

An introductory course on green roofs designed to show what a green roof is and how it’s constructed. Learn the important considerations for the design, build-up and maintenance Green Roofs: A 50/50 Proposition, program at Hafele America Chicago showroom, August 27, 2009of a green roof, the most effective plants for different types of green roofs, and current design trends and popular garden features. There will be brief insights into estimated costs, LEED points, and how to get green roof permits in the City of Chicago. Presenters Jerry Hossli and Harmony Picciuca are both Master Gardeners active in the urban agriculture and landscaping movement. Between them, they have worked in gardens for chef Rick Bayless, the Garfield Park Conservatory, the Smart Home at the Science of Industry, and the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. They have assisted the public at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic, taught at Columbia College and the Lincoln Park Farm in the Zoo, and even traveled to rural Kenya to teach planting and irrigation techniques.

Registration and information on-line.

A Toast to Summer - ULI Chicago Networking

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.. - District Bar, 170 W. Ontario
Sponsor: ULI Chicago Young Leaders
$35.00 members; $45.00 non-members; $10.00 students - registration deadline August 26

Don't let the summer slip away without making strong connections and new business leads.

Registration and information on-line.

   August 29, Saturday

Working with an Architect

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Forest Park Public Library 7555 Jackson Boulevard, Forest Park
Sponsor: AIA Chicago
Free with admission.

Are you planning to build a new home, remodel your kitchen, or renovate a three-flat? If so, attend this free seminar let by registered architects to help you learn if you need an architect, how to select an architect, understand the phases of a project, and create your dream house.

There will be opportunities for 15 minute one-on-one consultations with the architects after the program. Please register in advance via email or at 312-376-2725 and bring along any drawings pertinent to your project. Space is limited.

Register on-line. Information on-line.