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Chapter Social

Monday, October 15, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Steelcase Showroom
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 302
Chicago, IL

Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm – 6:10 pm Welcome and introductions
6:10 pm – 6:30 pm
  • 5 current trends we are seeing within the K-12 and A&D communities
  • What customers are asking for
  • High level overview of our current and soon to be released research and insights
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Showroom tour

theMART is walking distance from the Metra stations and moments from the Ohio Street ramp of 90/94.

Get Directions

The building is easily accessible through the following travel options:
  • CTA bus stops
  • CTA elevated train “L” stop on the second floor
  • Taxi stand on the South Drive
  • Walking distance to Ogilvy and Union Stations
  • Quick, easy driving access to major expressways
  • MartParcWells garage, located at the corner of Kinzie and Wells Streets

Chapter Tour

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Tour: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Drinks afterwards

British International School of Chicago
South Loop Campus, 161 W. 9th Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Members: $10 / Non-Members: $15

Parking is nearby

Chapter Event

Friday, April 8, 2016
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Illinois Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium
Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Chicago, IL

Please join USGBC and the Association for Learning Environments as we pave the way towards more sustainable learning environments with others who are passionate about green schools.

USGBC-Illinois and the Association invite you and your organization to participate as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor!

School Tour

January 26, 2016
4:30 PM
Wight & Company
2500 N. Frontage Road, Darien, IL 60561
Phone: 630.969.7000

Members: $10 / Non-Member: $15

Thank You to Our Sponsors! V/S     Wight

School Tour & Holiday Event

December 4, 2015
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

GEMS World Academy Lower School
350 East South Water Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Tour Pictures!

GEMS World Academy, an international private school, established their first school in the United States in Chicago's downtown Lakeshore East Community. At 10 stories, the school's design addresses unique site challenges and opportunities, distinguishing the facility in its urban setting. The Lower School marries GEMS' program with local requirements, integrates state-of-the-art technology, and fosters collaboration between classrooms locally and around the world.

Members: $10 / Non-Members: $15

After the tour, please join us for drinks at:
Three Forks
180 N. Field Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60601
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (Cash Bar)

Chapter Tour

October 15, 2015
4:00 pm
UCLS Gordon Parks Hall (New Arts Wing)

Chicagoland Golf Event

September 14, 2015
Hilton Oakbrook Hills Resort and Golf Club
3500 Midwest Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 630.850.5555

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Chicagoland Summer Bash

Bowling, Bocce Ball, and a Bash
August 11, 2015
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 630.575.8700

Chicagoland Annual Event

April 15, 2015
Elmhurst College / Frick Center, Prospect Room (lower level)
190 Prospect, Elmhurst, IL 60126

8:00-8:30 am Registration
8:30-10:00 am Keynote speaker (Dr Humor)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Presentations
Chris Johnson- Evidence Based Design
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:00 pm Presentations
Robin Randall- How Buildings Teach
2:00-3:30 pm Architects Forum

Keynote: Dr. Stuart Robertshaw aka Dr. Humor
Click here to download Healing Article by Dr. Robertshaw

In 1987 Dr. Stuart Robertshaw, teacher, psychologist and attorney, read that "preschool children laugh or smile over 400 times per day, adults over the age of 35 – only 15 times per day." That single quote started his personal journey to review scientific and medical research regarding the benefits of laughter and humor. By mid 1990, he announced the formation of the National Association for the Humor Impaired. Selected as a novelty, that very title would catch the attention of the national press and serve as a vehicle to teach others about the benefits of laughter. Through conference presentations and articles, featured in magazines such as Family Circle and Mature Outlook, the Association has received national attention in over 144 newspapers and 180 radio stations. Referred by the press as "Dr. Humor", Dr. Robertshaw currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association. He will share with you what he has learned about the psychological and physiological benefits of humor and laughter as they relate to taking care of ourselves and our loved ones.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Tour NRDC Project Downtown by Studio Gang Architects

November 6, 2014
NRDC – National Resources Defense Council (Lyric Opera House)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL

Members: $10 / Non-Members: $15

Please join us for an exciting educational opportunity to discuss office interiors as educational environments, materials selections and sustainability. For our Fall 2014 Event, we will be touring the National Resources Defense Council Chicago offices designed by Studio Gang. This project achieved Living Building Challenge Competition Petal Certification and is the first living building challenge project in Chicago.

This event includes tours of NRDC spaces, a brief presentation, and light refreshments.

2nd Annual Golf Outing

September 18, 2014

Best Practices Meeting

November 7, 2013
South Berwyn 100 - Freedom Library
3016 S Ridgeland Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402
Time: 11:30am - 1pm

1 CEU credit available

Topic / Speaker:
Greg Monberg, ACES (Academic Commissioning of Environments for Schools)

Greg Monberg will be sharing his Illinois state wide results of the ACES survey. Are your schools in the Passion zone? How can you know? Do facilities matter? These questions and more will be address as we share the results of the investigation between academic achievement and the perceived quality of the learning environment.

Bio: Greg Monberg is Director of Design Research for Fanning Howey, one of the largest K-12 school design firms in the United States. He has spent the last 19 years focusing on the planning and design of innovative learning environments. Greg is a passionate advocate for transforming the way we instruct our children and prepare them for the New Economy. In 2011, he was one of several Subject Matter Experts invited to participate in a Facilities for 21st Century Learning design charrette held by the United States Department of Defense Education Activity. He has also presented at School and College Building Expo, VS American Days, and the annual conference of the Association for Learning Environments. His projects include the new Lake Area High School in New Orleans, Louisiana one of the first five Quick Start schools built in the wake of Hurricane Katrina – and several award-winning elementary schools in the Chicagoland area.


Chapter Meeting

September 5, 2013
Gurnee District Office - Professional Development Room
3706 Florida Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031
Time: 11:30am - 1pm


Topic / Speaker:
John J. Heiderscheidt

John will be sharing security issues at Kindergarten through High School facilities. John's experiences as a police officer has trained him to look at a holistic approach to security. How do you identify gaps and how to engage and empower your entire staff to respond to an emergency?

Bio: Building personnel capacity in safety and security practices that improve the quality of life for those we serve has been the focus of his 29 years in public service. Before retiring as a police officer, John coordinated school safety and security in Buffalo Grove, IL. The focus of program development included a collaborative agency school safety advisory task force, the development of strategic plans and mission which then drove data measurements leading to safe and secure implementation enhancing school environments. Programs developed were recognized as models by the National Association of School Resource Officers, The Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation, and The International Association of Chiefs of Police. Since 2006 he has served as the Coordinator of School Safety and Security of a district of 41,000 students and 57 schools located within 10 municipalities. John holds a Western Illinois University MA in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, a North Central College BA in Psychology, and a certificate from the University of Southern California's Delinquency Control Institute. John is a senior instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute, training over 500 employees on how to effectively manage agitated and escalated individuals.


1st Annual Golf Outing/Social

June 17, 2013
Pheasant Run Golf Course, St. Charles, IL

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Spring 2013 Seminar Event

April 5, 2013

Optimizing the Learning Environment
Schaible Science Center
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
8:30 am to 4:00 pm


Thank you Trane for supporting the Chicagoland Chapter!


Chapter Meeting/Board Meeting

February 7, 2013

Planning Schools for the Innovation Generation
Perkins+Will Office
330 N. Wabash Ave. Suite 3600, Chicago, IL 60611

Abstract: Daniel Pink, Thomas Friedman, Sir Ken Robinson and numerous other thought leaders cite the ability to innovate and create as important skills, among others, that today's students will need if they are to be successful in our rapidly evolving and competitive global economy. But, can we teach our students to innovate and create? And, what might the educational processes, programs and spaces that foster these skills look like? This provocative session will survey a number of theories and writings surrounding the process of innovation in an attempt to reveal essential ingredients and how they can inform decisions about education and facilities in the future. Via case studies of recently completed projects we will explore how these concepts influenced the planning process, as well as educational and facility outcomes.

Bio: Steven Turckes, AIA, REFP, LEED®AP is the national director of the K-12 Educational Facilities Group for Perkins+Will, an international award-winning architectural firm specializing in the research-based planning and design of innovative and sustainable educational facilities. In Mr. Turckes' 23-year career his work has focused on the programming, master planning and implementation of numerous K-12 projects across the nation and abroad.

An avid reader and strategic thinker about the evolving nature of our global society and economy, Mr. Turckes often assists schools navigate change to create flexible environments that support critical learning and skill acquisition objectives; helping to prepare students for success now and in the future.

Mr. Turckes firmly believes in a strong collaborative process and his work exhibits an ability to successfully translate client goals into innovative and thoughtful school environments that are uniquely suited to each school’s specific needs. Mr. Turckes' experience and understanding of the key issues surrounding K-12 facilities have led to numerous presentations at regional and national educational conferences on a broad range of topics from planning 21st century schools to safety and security to green architecture and its use in school facilities. His projects have been recognized with numerous awards and honors from both the architectural and educational communities.
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