January 10, 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The New Campus Instructional Facility at the University of Illinois College of Engineering

The Campus Instructional Facility (CIF) is a new center for flexible learning designed to meet the changing needs of students and faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  Located at the northwest corner of the Bardeen Quadrangle, this teaching hub enables collaboration and incorporates new technologies for hands-on learning.  CIF has proved to be highly popular as a learning and teaching facility with a mix of both traditional and innovative classrooms and has been included in an advanced engineering course.

The design of the building focuses on the structure becoming part of the architecture.  All structure is exposed, and done so in a meaningful way – part of the design concept is to use the building as a teaching tool.  Structural elements have been designed to illustrate load flow, and to be informative as to how they perform, while at the same time enhancing the space.  The building has a great attention to coordination and detail to establish this aesthetic, utilizing AESS steel throughout, fire engineering to eliminate fireproofing, polished concrete, and structural brick to create a new façade system.

AIA Illinois awarded the Campus Instructional Facility with the Capitol Award, its highest honor.

1 CE credit will be issued for this event. CE certificates will be emailed to all attendees within a week after the event.


Cliff Dwellers Club

200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60604


  • Bibb Lettuce and Belgian Endive, Asparagus and Orange and Grapefruit Sections; Walnut and Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • 8 oz. Grilled New York Strip Steak, topped Sautéed Shiitake Mushroom; Red Wine Reduction
  • Puff Pastry with Fruit and Champagne Sauce


Presentation time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Cocktail hour: 5 – 6 pm


In Person:

Member - $60

Non-Member - $90

Live Streaming:

Member - $30

Non-Member - $45

About the Speakers

Toby Mitchell, PhD, PE - Associate

Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, LLC

Toby Mitchell studied engineering physics at the University of Michigan, structural

engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his

doctorate in structural engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. His

doctoral research was in grid and continuum shell structure optimization. 

Since joining SOM as an engineer in 2013, Toby Mitchell has worked on various high-

rise building projects and on several pedestrian bridge and long-span roof

structures. His specialty is the design and optimization of complex structural

geometry, and he has been an active leader in these topics in SOM’s internal

structural research group, as well as publishing papers in several journals and conference


James J. Pawlikowski, SE, LEED AP

Principal - Datum Engineers

Adjunct Instructor - University of Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

James (Jim) Pawlikowski is the Managing Principal of the Chicago office of Datum Engineers.  Prior to joining Datum, Jim was an Associate Director / Senior Structural Engineer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, having spent 25 years there.  In his career at SOM, Jim had lead roles on many significant projects throughout the world, including Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, the OKO Tower in Moscow, Tower Palace III in Seoul, and the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.  Jim was also the senior structural engineer for the new Campus Instructional Facility for the College of Engineering on the UIUC campus. 

Jim holds an architectural masters degree (structures option) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is a licensed structural engineer as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.  Jim is currently a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB), and serves on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI).  

Jim is a Clinical Professor and Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Fellow at the UIUC School of Architecture, and an Adjunct Instructor for the UIUC Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He teaches Design of Tall Buildings, Soil Mechanics and Foundations, and Design of Structural Systems.



James Pawlikowski ( REX Engineering Group )
Toby Mitchell ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
John Duque ( Stantect )
Cathleen Jacinto ( FORSE Consulting, LLC )
Brian Boysen ( Burns & McDonnell )
Hershel Bhat ( Forefront Structural Engineers )
Daniel Lally ( Forefront Structural Engineers )
John Miller ( Nayyar & Nayyar, International, Inc. )
Alex Brown ( Vulcraft )
Robert Love ( Sargent & Lundy )
Thomas Behringer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Massimo Bianchini ( Sargent & Lundy )
Anni Rao ( Sargent & Lundy )
Jordan Margolis ( Sargent & Lundy )
Sam Swislow ( CannonDesign )
Hongyi Yu ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Akhil Sharma ( SOM )
Zachary Haney ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Brad Young ( SOM )
Kermin Chok ( Arup )
Mayren Mata ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Michael Griffin
David Weihing ( ESD )
Steven Jastrzebski ( Sargent & Lundy )
Clark Baurer ( Clark T. Baurer Structural Engineer )
Jon Sfura ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Brian Umbright ( EXP )
Jeff Ruhde ( Burns & McDonnell )
Jorge Medina ( Burns and McDonnell )
Adam Theiss ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Christine Freisinger ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Sudarshan Krishnan ( University of Illinois School of Architecture )
Will Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy )
Michael Wiscons ( Building Technology Consultants, Inc. )
Stephanie Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
Michael Wysockey ( Thatcher Foundations )
John Wysockey ( Thatcher Foundations )
Noel Outlaw ( Thatcher Foundations )
Michael Brack ( Datum Engineers )
Bradlee Fletcher ( Atlas Tube/Zekelman Industries )
Derek Boeldt ( Jacobs )
Peter Babaian ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Rachel Jackson ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Amber DeCarlo ( Benesch )
Stacey Ceretti ( Envista Forensics )
Nam Nguyen ( ArcelorMittal )
Elizabeth Gallagher ( Benesch )
Joseph Dardis ( ArcelorMittal )
Nihar Shah ( Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. )