SMPS Chicago Blog

2018 Summer Outing Photos

Check out the photos from the 2018 Summer Outing - Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. A networking reception was held prior to the game at Rizzo's Bar & Inn.

July 24, 2018

Thank you Bob Elmore for the photos.

Click here to see the album.

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facades+ Chicago is Back - September 21

Building Professionals, facades+ Chicago is back.

Be inspired and learn how to innovate all steps of facade implementation, from systems and materials to designs and delivery strategies.

  • Symposium
  • Expo Floor
  • Workshops

September 21, 2018
7:30am - 5:00 pm

Mid America Club
200 East Randolph Drive, 80th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Morning Symposium + Methods+Materials Sponsor Gallery – 4 AIA CEUS
Attend a morning of stimulating presentations and panels that examines the fast-paced evolution of facade technology. Address new perspectives on building skins, and explores innovative, sustainable design practices.

Afternoon Workshops – 4 AIA CEUS
Choose 1 of 4 Sessions for an in-depth dialog with leading architects, fabricators, developers. and engineers.

Facades+ workshops feature an intimate class size and hands-on learning to create an environment conductive to innovation and creative problem-solving. Learn crucial skills & tools to advance your practice.

Get all the details and register.



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Build Business 2018 Nears


SMPS Build Business 2018 is just around the corner. Thousands will travel to San Diego August 15-17, 2018 for the premier business development, marketing, and management conference for design and building industry professionals.

One of our own, Gavin Parr of CCS International served tirelessly as Conference Chair-Elect. Thank you, Gavin.

Want to reminisce with 2017 photos, click here.

Going to San Diego? We can't wait to hear about all you learned and the fun you had.



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Program Year Feedback Book Drawing Winners

Thank you to everyone who completed the 2017-2018 Program Year feedback via Town Hall Meeting, online survey, or hard copy survey. We appreciate the valuable feedback.


We are pleased to announce the two winners and their prize books!

Online/Paper Responses

Catie Duffy of Cushing won Domain 2: Marketing Planning: MARKENDIUM: SMPS Body of Knowledge

Town Hall Meeting Event                     

Rachel Mayhew of Reed Construction won Re-Wired: Selling Your AE Services in a Post-Recession World





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ChicagoCAN Charity Cocktail + Awards Reception

Celebrate the incredible achievements of the Canstruction Chicago teams at a reception in the first floor lobby of the Merchandise Mart. Network with the participating teams and toast to the winners while enjoying light appetizers and refreshments among the colossal works of art.

SMPS Chicago supports Chicago Canstruction with Silver Sponsorship.

Early Bird (through July 20th) - $40 ($35 for build team members)
Advance Tickets (July 21 - August 22) - $55
At the Door - $65


5:30-8 PM ChicagoCAN Reception (First Floor South Lobby of the Merchandise Mart)
6:00 PM ChicagoCAN Awards (Grand Staircase)

Canstruction Chicago is an annual design/build competition that challenges teams comprised of Chicago's brightest architects, engineers, contractors and designers to build colossal structures made entirely of canned food. At the conclusion of the exhibit, all food is donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

ChicagoCAN will celebrate the incredible teams who are volunteering their time and design skills to end hunger in Chicago!

Get all the details and register here.

Learn more about the participating teams and other Canstruction news.

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