CCAC Newsletter
August 5, 2022


September Member Meeting

A Conversation with Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar 
September 13, 2022, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Deputy Mayor of Chicago Samir Mayekar
Join fellow CCAC members for our next monthly meeting when we welcome City of Chicago Deputy Mayor for Neighborhood and Economic Development Samir Mayekar.

The discussion will include important and interesting topics of the day with the opportunity for questions from attendees.  More informaiton and RSVP availability will be coming soon.

September Member Meeting
September 13, 2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Please Note:

The CCAC Monthly Meeting is on Hiatus for August.

The Next Meeting will be September 13, 2022

Rana Lee of SmithGroup

Joins the CCAC Executive Committee

CCAC is pleased to announce that Rana Lee, Principal and Director of Business Development with SmithGroup, has been elected to the Executive Committee.
Rana is known for her ability to develop partnerships that lead to breakthrough results.  She has been involved in many CCAC programs and activities including participation in three INVEST South/West development teams, providing guidance with CCAC's strategic planning, and hosting the recent Monthly Member Meeting breakfast discussion with Michael Fassnacht of World Business Chicago and Matt Dumich, SmithGorup's Principal and Workplace Studio Leader, at the Woman's Athletic Club.  
The entire CCAC team welcomes Rana to the Executive Committee and looks forward to working even more closely going forward.

Regional Lunch Discussion Recap:

Major Infrasturcuture Programs in the Greater Chicagoland Region
A large group of business, civic and government leaders from CCAC, the Hoan Group from Wisconsin, and One Region from Northwestern Indiana gathered to hear about Major Infrastrucutre Programs in the Greater Chicagoland Region at a lunch discussion on Tuesday, July 12. 
Panelists included:
Craig Thompson, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Chris Kopp, Transportation Planning, Finance and Economics Pratice Leader at HNTB
Richard Wilson, City Design Director with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Tom Dakich, Managing Member at Digital Crossroads
Matt Wells, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Purdue University Northwest (Moderator)

Major regional infrastructure priorities were discussed including transportation, quantum computing access and development, and much more.  The conversations have sparked intra-regional discussions about big projects that can be accomplished more efficiently and successfully together.

Special thanks to Michael Best & Friedrich LLP for hosting the conversation, and to the Hoan Group and One Region for their robust participation.

July Member Meeting Recap:

Casual Conversations and

Regional Networking at Herman Miller

Following the lunch program on Tuesday, July 12, over 100 members of CCAC, the Hoan Group from Wisconsin, and One Region from Northwestern Indiana gathered at Herman Miller's new building in Fulton Market.

Attendees had the chance to meet and network with their regional counterparts and were offered tours of Herman Miller's recently-completed space as well as the historical exhibition about the development and design heritage of the iconic company.

Special thanks to Melissa Harmening and her colleagues at Miller Knoll for hosting us at their incredible facility.

Burnham Council

AIDS Garden Chicago Tour

Tuesday, September 6, 2022, 4:00 pm
AIDS Garden Chicago
Join CCAC and the Burnham Council for the upcoming AIDS Garden Chicago walking tour of the recently-completed project on Tuesday, September 6 at 4:00 pm.
Located at Belmont and the Lakefront, the AIDS Garden Chicago is the city's first public monument to memorialize the early days of Chicago's HIV epidemic, and to honor those who continue to fight the disease today. A community collaboraction project in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Parks Foundation, the garden opened in early June of this year.
The tour will be lead by CCAC Member Chris Freda of Design Workshop. Design Workshop designed and implemented the plans for the AIDS Garden Chicago.  Thanks to Chris and his colleagues for organizing and leading this tour.
RSVP for the AIDS Garden Chicago Walking Tour
Belmont Triangle RFP Released
Design options presented at the Community Input Session

The Chicago Department of Planning and Development released a new RFP for the Belmont Triangle Project. 

The assemblage of approximately 4 acres is in a prominent location at the intersection of Belmont Ave., Pulaski Rd. and Milwaukee Ave., and has the potential to be a truly catelytic development that spurs even more projects in the Avondale neighborhood. 
Originally identified by 30th Ward Alderman Ariel Reboyras and championed by Chicago DPD, CCAC assembled a team of members to participate on a pro bono basis with DPD to design and produce robust neighborhood engagement and input sessions, and ultimately develop the RFP. 
Thanks to the member companies and all of the individuals working on this project.

Design Workshop, Co-Team Leader
HNTB, Co-Team Leader
Byrnes & Walsh, LLC
Chicago Title Insurance Company
Near North Title Group
There will be a DPD pre-submission Zoom meeting on Thursday, August 11 at 2:00 pm.  Interested parties can find the city's RFP and registration informaiotn for the pre-submission meeting on the City of Chicago website by clicking below.
DPD Belmont Triangle RFP Information Available Here

CCAC New Member Profile: Goettsch Partners

Welcome and thank you to Goettsch Partners for becoming one of the newest members of CCAC.
Goettsch Partners (GP) is an architecture firm with a global perspective. Based in Chicago, with additional offices in Denver and Shanghai, they share a singular approach to design that combines seasoned experience with a passion for exploration and innovation. Their completed and active projects span five continents and represent a diverse range of types and sizes. 
GP traces its roots to the Chicago practice started by Mies van der Rohe in 1938. James Goettsch joined the practice in 1992 and has instilled a culture in which this legacy informs and inspires the search for its own timeless materiality and clarity of architectural expression—appropriate for the 21st century.
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