CCAC Newsletter
July 6, 2022

July Member Meeting

Casual Conversations at Herman Miller

Tuesday, July 12

Herman Miller's Fulton Market Location
Join fellow CCAC members for a special regional “Casual Conversations” meeting and Happy Hour with our guests from the Hoan Group from the Milwaukee area and One Region from Northwest Indiana.

We’ll be joined by more than 60 leaders from Indiana and Wisconsin who will be here to talk about the big issues of the region and to get to know others in the area. This is a great
opportunity to meet our neighbors to the north and south whom we might not have the
opportunity to meet.

Herman Miller will be hosting us at their new Fulton Market facility and serving drinks and
appetizers. Please be there for this unique opportunity.

CCAC Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
2:30 to 5:00 pm
Herman Miller
1100 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

Special thanks to our friends at Herman Miller for hosting the event. Please RSVP soon, as space is limited.
RSVP for July Networking Event at Herman Miller
June Member Meeting Recap: 
Lincoln Yards Update & Life Sciences Building Tour

Over 40 CCAC members heard from CCAC Executive Committee Member Dr. Suzet McKinney and her colleagues at Sterling Bay about the long-range plans for Lincoln Yards -- Chicago's mega-development that is in progress along the North Branch of the Chicago River. 

The group also was able to get a complete explanation of the development model at the Lincoln Yards Experience Center, hear about all of the innovative development features and local community imporvements, and take a hardhat tour of the under-construction Life Sciences building.

Special thanks to Sterling Bay and Suzet McKinney for hosting the overview, tour and reception.

Belmont Triangle Project Update
Belmont Triangle is a significant, and hopefully catalytic, development opportunity in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood.  Located at the intersections of Belmont, Pulaski and Milwaukee, the site consists of over 4 acres and has the potential to jump-start development in the area.
The opportunity was brought to Chicago's Department of Planning and Development and CCAC by 30th Ward Alderman Ariel Reboyras, who thought an INVEST South/West-style project would be a good option here.  CCAC assembled a team of experts to participate in the porcess of developing a potential rdevelopment solution and an RFP with DPD that reflects the priorities of the community residents.
Following a very successful visioning session in May, CCAC members serving on the Belmont Triangle project team participated in a series of meetings with the DPD team leading up to a virtual community session last week where three design concepts were unveiled and community members were asked for specific, direct input.  
Design options presented at the Community Input Session
There were well over 100 community participants and significant valuable input was received.  That input was used by the team to make additiopnal modifications and improvements to the model design ultimately to be included in an RFP issued by DPD and the City of Chicago.

DPD is including all of the progress and access to meeting recordings on the Belmont Triangle Website and an RFP for the project is scheudle to be released later in July.

Several CCAC members are participating on a pro bono basis and deserve recognition:

Design Workshop, Co-Team Leader
HNTB, Co-Team Leader
Byrnes & Walsh, LLC
Chicago Title Insurance Company
Near North Title Group
Thanks to the member companies and all of the individuals working on this project.

Kimberly Dowdell Elected AIA's 2024 President

CCAC Executive Committee Member and AIA 2024 President-Elect Kimberly Dowdell
CCAC Executive Committee Member Kimberly Dowdell was elected 2023 First Vice President and/2024 President-elect last month. She will be the 100th President of AIA.
Kim Dowdell, an AIA member since 2007, graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2006. She received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 2015. She is currently Marketing Principal at HOK Architects.  
No stranger to volunteering with AIA, Kim has participated on the Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee from 2019-2020, the New Urban Agenda Task Force from 2019-2021, the AIA New York Nominating Committee in 2021, the AIA Chicago EVP Search Committee in 2021, and was a Young Architects Award Recipient in 2020.
She was president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) from 2019-2020. Her platform as AIA President will be ensuring there is space for minority architects at every level of AIA. She has outlined her intentions to “create access to opportunities,” “foster greater opportunities for leadership,” "build upon the legacy of long-time members,” in her #AllinforNOMA initiative.
“As the 295th living Black woman to earn an architectural license in the U.S., I am keen to help young women and people of color,” said Ms. Dowdell, who will be the first black woman president of AIA.
In addition, her platform includes initiatives such as supporting the business of design, making architecture more accessible to all, meeting our obligation to future generations regarding climate action, and navigating the future of design work with advances in technology.
We could not be more proud and look forward to Kim Dowdell's leadership at AIA.
New Member Profile: Jacobs
Welcome and thank you to Jacobs for becoming one of the newest members of CCAC.
Jacobs challenges today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $14 billion in revenue and a talent force of approximately 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector. Jacobs leads the global professional services sector providing solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. 


Burnham Council Hardhat Tour

Wolf Point South

CCAC's Burnham Council planned a during-construction tour of Salesforce Tower Chicago at Wolf Point South on June 29th.  The final of the three-building project will have 1.2 million square feet of office and restaurant space, will be the Chicago home of Salesforce, and Kirkland & Ellis will be relocating their offices there as well.
With spectacular views from literally every floor and unique architectural design to take advantage of them, the building will provide its users with a truly amazing work environment.
Special thanks to the team at Hines and Walsh Construction for hosting and providing such an in-depth, informative tour.  And to Matt Cermak of Chicago Title Insurance Company and a Burnham Council Board Member for planning and executing the event.
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