March 3, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Designing for Constructability – Tips and Tricks

Constructability is a nebulous topic that is defined differently by many different publications and is poorly covered in most technical and popular engineering literature. This leads to confusion among designers as to what constitutes a constructible design and how to achieve it. In this presentation, Steve Baldridge and Mark Hirschi will discuss the principles of designing for constructability and offer some advice to designers to improve the constructability and economy of their own designs. They will also incorporate examples from their and other projects to illustrate design changes made to improve constructability.

1 CEU will be issued for this event.


Cliff Dwellers Club

200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor

Chicago, IL


Cliff Dwellers Salad

Breast of Chicken Napa Valley

Key Lime Pie


Early Bird Registration is $45 for members and $65 for non-members until 11:59pm on February 17th. After that, rates will go up to $55 for members and $75 for non-members respectively.


If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel before Friday, February 28th. If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Dinner Meeting Sponsor (limit 1 per dinner meeting) - $1,000

Sponsorship package includes:

  • Recognition in all marketing materials and on SEAOI website
  • Two-minute speaking opportunity from the podium
  • Two registrations for the Dinner Meeting

About the Speakers

Steve Baldridge, P.E., S.E., LEED AP

Steve Baldridge, a product of the Chicago Public School system, is the president and founder of BASE, an award-winning firm recognized for its work on innovative and challenging building projects from Chicago to areas of high seismic and hurricane risk. With over 30 years of experience as a structural engineer, he has overseen the structural design and construction of over 1900 building projects ranging in size from single family homes to high rises and aircraft hangars. He is actively involved with civic and professional organizations, embracing the latest technologies while showing interest, concern and leadership for all aspects of the design and construction industry.


Mark Hirschi, S.E.

Mark Hirschi is an associate in BASE’s Chicago office and has worked on a wide range of project types including residential, commercial, aviation, military, retail, office, renovation, educational, healthcare, hospitality, and high rises.  His notable projects include the completion of the 390-villa Westin Nanea Ocean Villas and the design of five new high-rise towers in Honolulu: Phases I & II of The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach, Buildings A & B of 801 South Street, and Ko’ula.  In addition to his engineering work, he is a member of ACI Committee 134 on Concrete Constructability and ACI Committee 347 on Formwork.



Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Rupert Price ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Jan Blok ( The Structural Group, Ltd. )
H. Joe Dickerson ( Barr Engineering Co. )
James Pawlikowski ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Salvatore Di Bernardo ( Ciorba Group, Inc. )
Tom Harrison ( GRAEF )
Phillip Frey ( T.Y. Lin International )
Pat McCarthy ( RETIRED )
Christine Freisinger ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
David Eckmann ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Debra Hoegemeyer ( Uptown Structural Engineering LLC )
Amber Seiber ( Collins Engineers, Inc. )
Peter Busch ( HNTB )
Brian Boysen ( Burns & McDonnell )
Brian Lammert ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Steve Elver ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
Daniel Morton ( Burns & McDonnell )
Audrey Van Linn ( IIT )
Cosette Thompson ( IIT )
Zachary Haney ( IIT )
Cody Mattson ( IIT )
Mohammad Samadi ( IIT )
Jamie Griggs ( IIT )
Viktoriya Vladimirova ( IIT )
Lilllian Nygaard ( IIT )
Kohl Linder ( IIT )
David Bibbs ( CannonDesign )
Bryan Stephens ( HNTB )
Rachel Jackson ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Lisa Barkland
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
William Bast ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Jakub Szewczyk ( Valdes Engineering )
Keith Mueller ( Valdes Engineering Corporation )
Jerome Tobolski ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Rafal Walus ( BASE )
Jose Medero ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Jonathan Pearson ( EXP )
Dana McKane ( Orion Engineers )
Lukas Janulis ( Orion Engineers )
Alma Shkurti ( Middough, Inc. )
Tony Shkurti ( HNTB Corporation )
Adam Theiss ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
kurt moehlmann ( basf )
Jie Yang ( Jacobs Engineering )
Megan Redell ( Burns & McDonnell )
Matthew Hopper ( Cary Kopczynski & Company )
Stephanie Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
Robert B. Johnson
Dan Schriks ( Alfred Benesch )
Matthew Wagner ( Raths Raths and Johnson Inc )
Joe Porada ( Thornton Tomasetti )
William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Nezar Abraham ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Kevin Sido ( Hinshaw & Culbertson )
Ronald Boehm
Kevin Conroy ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Seth Hoffman ( Brierley Associates )
John Conroyd ( AECOM Hunt Construction )
David Petlicki ( Baldridge and Associates )
Tejasvee Prasad ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Mark Hirschi ( Baldridge & Associates Structural Engineering, Inc. )
Steve Baldridge ( BASE Engineering )