October 24, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Structures Symposium, which provides a forum for engineers to share analysis, design, and construction information from recent projects with unique and/or distinguishing characteristics.  Attendance typically represents a diverse cross-section of all aspects of the profession, including design, construction management, material suppliers, academia, general contracting, and owners’ representatives. 

Keynote Speaker


Gordon Gill FAIA, Founding Partner - Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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In the presentation, Gordon will address the role of structure in performance-based design by considering the relationships between Form and Performance through an integrated design process that includes building performance and embodied carbon. 

Gordon is one of the world’s foremost exponents of performance-based architecture. Ranging from the world’s tallest buildings to sustainable communities, his work is driven by his philosophy that there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance; and that there is a Language of Performance, which is the basis of his practice: Form Follows Performance. His approach is based on an ecologically conscious philosophy that sets new standards for the relationships between the built and natural environment. His buildings and urban projects have transformed cityscapes and defined as well as restored city centers around the world.

A founding partner of award-winning Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gordon’s work includes the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (designed at SOM Chicago), the world’s first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters, the world’s tallest tower, Jeddah Tower in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, and most recently the design of Astana Expo 2017 and its sustainable legacy community for Astana, Kazakhstan. Local design work includes the recently completed The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. These landmark projects pursue energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site and striking a balance with their environmental contexts. Gordon’s designs also include performing arts centers, museums, strategic carbon planning and urban master plans across the globe.

Attendees receive 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for the Symposium.


 7:30 am – 8:00am

 Registration Opens, Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors

 8:00 am - 8:05 am 

 Program Begins: Welcome Remarks and Overview

 8:05 am - 8:35 am

 Nondestructive Evaluation of Newly Constructed Concrete Walls at a Subway  Station
Mohamed ElBatanouny, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

 8:35am - 9:05 am

 CTA Blue Line – Belmont station canopy
 Terry McDonnell, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

 9:05 am - 9:35 am

 Al Wasl Plaza Trellis of Dubai Expo 2020
 JJ Tobolski, Thornton Tomasetti

 9:35 am - 10:00 am

 Break, Visit Exhibitors

10:00 am - 10:30 am

 High-Performing Lintels for Masonry Walls
 Cathleen Jacinto, FORSE

10:30 am - 11:00 am

 Structural Strategies for the design of the Nashville International Airport's   Terminal Lobby and International Arrivals Facility Addition
 R. Tyler Ranf, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

11:00 am - 11:30 am

 EMARR Skyview – The Design and Construction Challenges of Linking Two   Towers with a Bridge
 James Pawlikowski, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

11:30 am - 12:10 pm  


12:10 am - 1:10 pm

 Keynote Speaker: Gordon Gill FAIA, Founding Partner - Adrian Smith + Gordon  Gill Architecture

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm

 Break, Visit Exhibitors

 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

 Refined Analysis of Steel Platforms Subjected to Thermal Loads at an   Industrial Facility Containing Hazardous Materials
 Michael Wodarcyk, Jensen Hughes

 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

 SpeedCore: Lateral System Innovation for Today's Construction Challenges
 Jennifer Traut-Todaro, AISC

 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

 Glenstone II Art Museum
 David Horos/TBD, Skidmore Ownings & Merrill LLP

 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

  Break, Visit Exhibitors

 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

 Approaches to Post-Tensioned Concrete Dome Repair
 Chase Slavin, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

 O'Hare International Airport, American Airlines Maintenance Hangar 2
 Peter A. Konopka, Thornton Tomasetti

 4:15 - 4:45 pm

 CTA Red Line –  95th Street Terminal Improvements
 Christopher Bove, EXP

 4:45 - 5:00 pm

 Raffle, Adjourn


150 North Riverside
Chicago, IL

Registration Information

The Early Bird registration fee is just $280 for members and $380 for non-members until 11:59pm on September 23rd.  After that rates go up to $380 for members and $430 for non-members.   

Students - $100

Group Pricing Discount* is $50 off each registration.

*Five or more employees from the same firm; May not be applied retroactively – all registrations must be received at the same time; not applicable to student rate. Please contact staff@seaoi.org to get your group pricing discount.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Exhibitor Opportunities

Limited Exhibitor Opportunities are available at $825 per space.  Exhibitors will receive recognition in the program, one admission to the Structures Symposium, and access to participants during breakfast, lunch and breaks during the day.  For more information, or to reserve your space online, please visit this page

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are four different levels of corporate sponsorship.  The following are the costs and respective benefits for each of the four levels.

Platinum: $1,000 – Recognition in program, poster exhibit at event, and recognition for sponsoring lunch. 

Gold: $850 – Recognition in the program, poster exhibit at event, and recognition during the technical session for sponsoring one of the following: Continental Breakfast, Morning Break or Afternoon Break

Silver: $600 – Recognition in the program and poster exhibit at event

Bronze: $300 – Recognition in the program

Companies interested in sponsoring this event are invited to  register here. 

Organizing Committee

Derek Boeldt, SE, PE Committee Chair
             Chicago Transit Authority

Kevin Conroy, SE, PE
             Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger

Brian McElhatten, SE, PE

Jose Medero, SE, PE
            Thornton Tomasetti

James J. Pawlikowski, SE, LEED AP
            Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLC

Jeannette Pfeiffer, SE, PE

Chris Rockey, SE, AIA
            Rockey Structures LLC

Michelle Ryland, SE, RA
            Klein & Hoffman

Adam Theiss, SE, PE
            Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Nishan Pethiyagoda



Safdar Gill ( Ground Engineering Consultants )
Robert Dodge
Timothy Laken ( CBRE )
Terrence Lindsay ( Lindsay & Associates, Inc. )
Lydia Scekic ( Garza Karhoff Engineering, LLC )
Moshe Calamaro ( Moshe Calamaro & Associates )
Zhang Chen ( Garza Karhoff Enginnering llc )
Eric Jensen ( ComEd )
Harry Marshall ( Harry E. Marshall Ltd. )
Theodore Georgas
Michael Weber ( Euclid Chemical Company )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Terry McDonnell ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Steven Neubauer ( Samartano & Company )
Robert Angarone ( Samartano & Company )
Mary Jane Davis ( SEAOI )
Cathleen Jacinto ( FORSE Consulting )
Terry McDonnell ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Christopher Bove ( exp US Services )
David Horos ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
James Pawlikowski ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Tyler Ranf ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Mohamed El Baranouny ( WJE )
Peter Konopka ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Chase Slavin ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Jerome Tobolski ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Jennifer Traut-Todaro ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Michael Wodarcyk ( Jensen Hughes )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Joshua Summers ( Building Technology Consultants, Inc. )
Scott Birney ( DLR Group )
Antonio Antonio Jr. ( Antonio and Associates, P.C. )
Thomas Brady ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Adam Theiss ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Isaac Gaetz ( The Vertex Companies, Inc. )
Steven Zebich ( Exponent, Inc. )
Alli Rutledge ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Philip Azzarello ( Retired )
Jamshid Jahedi ( Dome Structural Engineers )
John Kissinger ( GRAEF (Milwaukee) )
Robert Sinn ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Jeff Diqui ( IMI )
David Shepherd ( Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute )
Stephen Schmitt ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Gordon Gill ( Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP )
Jennifer Pazdon ( CastConnex )
Christopher Rockey ( Rockey Structures, LLC )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Kevin Hooley ( DSI )