SMPS Chicago Blog

2014 June Luncheon Photos

To see more SMPS Chicago photos from the 2014 June Luncheon click here. Thanks to Bob Elmore Photography for photographing our Chapter event! Please contact Bob with inquiries about these photos, or how he could help your firm document a featured building project: [email protected]

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Ignite Your Career

Things are heating up in Chicago as we get ready for the 2015 SMPS Regional Conference. You don’t want to miss this inspiring and informative event, held May 6-8 at the Palmer House in Chicago.

We are planning an exciting, information-packed two days and encourage you to join us. Ignite Your Career as we present programming centered on career growth to put the wind back into your networking sails, fuel your creativity, refresh your strategic thinking, and reignite your passion for AEC Marketing and Business Development!

Our conference host, Palmer House Hilton is in the heart of Downtown Chicago. They offer world class accommodations, as well as welcoming spaces to foster an educational atmosphere in comfortable surroundings. In addition to the programming, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful city of Chicago during the month of May. The weather should be beautiful and there are so many great places to visit for shopping, dining, sightseeing and exploring.

In the months ahead, please keep an eye out for regular updates on our schedule of events, confirmed speakers and keynote presentations. For now, please mark your calendars for May 6-8.

Your Conference Co-Chairs,

Pam O’Deen-Pishler
Leann Dockins

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GSA Seeks Ideas for Chicago Properties

Upcoming tour:

The GSA has scheduled a July 28 tour of the properties, which are in a national historic district. The buildings are:

• 202 S. State St., or the Century Building, a 16-story terracotta-clad building finished in 1915 and designed by Holabird & Roche.

• 212 S. State St., or the John R. Thompson Co. Building, constructed in 1920 and designed by Marshall and Fox.

• 214 S. State St., a six-story building built in 1886 by an unknown architect.

• 220 S. State St., or the Consumers Building, a 21-story white terracotta tower built in 1913 and designed by Jennie, Mundie and Jensen.

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Proposals for Build Business 2015

Submit Your Breakout Session Proposal for Build Business 2015

Deadline: September 22, 2014

The Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a breakout session for Build Business: go beyond, the SMPS Annual Conference, scheduled for August 19–21, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA.

Can you inspire a roomful of people? Can you excite your colleagues with your innovative ideas? Do you have, or know a colleague with, an important story to share?

The conference committee will focus on speakers who excite, inspire, and implement practices that can move firms to go beyond their current state and transform the A/E/C industry. The selected programs will teach attendees about marketing and business development as the catalyst to the future. Programs that help us create marketing-led firms are the goal of the selection process.

The Conference Planning Committeewill identify tracks based on proposals accepted. The committee is open to single speakers, panels, and client panels that meet the goals of the conference—those topics of value to our attendees.

We are looking for two types of session formats:

  • a 75-minute program consisting of an individual presenter, duo, or panel
  • a short-form, impactful session running 15 to 18 minutes in the style of TED talks

Please download the Call for Presentations for complete details on session formats, audience, speaker benefits, and the proposal submission process.

Proposals for Build Business must be completed in the abstract submission system (as outlined in the Call for Presentations document) by 11:59 pm EDT on September 22, 2014.

Speakers will be notified of the status of their proposals in November 2014.

Questions about the submission process for Build Business may be directed to Dan Reilly at SMPS Headquarters at 800.292.7677800.292.7677, x223, or [email protected].
Have you heard a speaker you would recommend for Build Business? Please forward this message and encourage him or her to submit a session proposal. Thank you!

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facades + conference

The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos in partnership with SMPS Chicago, AIA Chicago and CTBUH are ready to rock Chicago again this year with the premier conference on high performance building enclosures! Facades+ Chicago is this July 24th and 25th at the Art Institute! Join us in a two day conference that will examine the increasingly fast-paced evolution of façade technology and explore innovative, sustainable design practices. Don’t miss the chance to network with leading industry experts, participate in discussion-based panels and learn through hands-on workshops.

Want more insight on the conference? Click here.

Earn up to 16 AIA:CES credits! Save your seat and register at

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SMPS Chicago Summer Event

Get July 23 on your calendars! The SMPS Chicago Summer Event basics:

  • Date: July 23
  • Location: Joe’s Roof Deck, 940 W. Weed St., Chicago
  • Time: 4:30-7:30pm
  • Sponsorships available. Please contact Amber Zurcher for details on sponsorships. [email protected]

Stay tuned for registration information.

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