October 2, 2018 - 5:15pm to 7:45pm


The rapid project completion of the huge new headquarters of a globally iconic corporation required new levels of innovation and collaboration in terms of design, project management and construction with all team partners: James McHugh Construction performed construction of the core and shell for the new McDonald’s Global Headquarters in the Fulton Market District neighborhood.

Located on the former site of Oprah’s Harpo Studios, this 9-story, 770,000 sf office structure was constructed using a “top-down” construction method, meaning the building came out of the ground at the same time as the underground space was being excavated to make room for parking. By using the top-down method, McHugh fast-tracked the project and completed construction in just 18 months -- the fastest commercial office build in Chicago.  

This presentation will give a project overview of the numerous engineering design and construction challenges and solutions including deep foundations, secant pile ERS, top down construction, reinforced concrete flat slab, fast cycle construction, construction engineering & logistics.   

Attendees will earn 1.0 hour of Continuing Education Credit. CE certificates will be emailed after the event.

Please register before Friday, September 28th..  Registrations received after that time will be honored if possible, but cannot be guaranteed.

About the Speaker

Eamonn Connolly

Eamonn Connolly, SE, PE, LEED AP is the Director of Engineering at James McHugh Construction Co.  He is the chairman of ACI Committee 309 Consolidation, and a member of ACI Committees 117 Tolerances, 347 Formwork and 435 Deflection.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL and his Masters of Philosophy in Engineering from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. He is a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois and a licensed Professional Engineer in six states.   Eamonn has over 18 years of extensive and wide ranging experience as a structural engineer and manager in the design and construction of numerous high-rise buildings and infrastructure projects. 


Cliff Dwellers Club

200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor

Chicago, IL


  • Cliff Dwellers Salad
  • Breast of Chicken Napa Valley
  • Tiramisu

The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:15 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, and the presentation will start shortly thereafter.  Please note that Cliff Dwellers' bar only accepts credit cards; cash is no longer accepted. 


The registration fee is $45 for members/$65 for non-members through September 26th. After September 26th, prices increase to $55 and $75, respectively.

Cancellation Policy:

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



Jack Gibbons ( Ductilcrete Slab Systems, LLC )
Eamonn Connolly ( James McHugh Construction Co. )
Joseph Lowrance ( Farnsworth Group )
Jan Blok ( The Structural Group, Ltd. )
Daniel Roig ( Roig Associates )
Rami Asfahani ( Ciorba Group )
Lukas Janulis ( Orion Engineers )
Elaine Shapiro ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Douglas Hardin ( Schnabel Foundation Company )
Tim Loch ( Exelon Generation )
Kamel Bilal ( DYWIDAG-Systems International Inc. )
Jonathan Tavarez ( American Institute of Steel Construction )
Abhiram Tammana ( THORNTON TOMASETTI )
Eduardo Prieto ( Cordogan Clark & Associates )
Amber Seiber ( Collins Engineers )
Haris Latic ( TY Lin )
Jing Gabriel ( Arcadis )
Brian Boysen ( Burns & McDonnell )
Nezar Abraham ( Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc )
Don Jabczynski ( S.E. Enhancements, LLC )
Stephanie Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
David Nickell ( TGRWA, LLC )
Kevin Conroy ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Luke Johnson ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Tom Spiridis ( James McHugh Construction Co. )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Ashok Stanley ( Brierley Associates )
Josh Brickman ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Steve Elver ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
Carol Drucker ( Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers, Inc. )
William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Kevin Carmody ( Informed Infrastructure/V1-Media )
Agnieszka Horoszko-Ligas ( James McHugh Construction Co. )
Derek Skolnik ( Kinemetrics, Inc. )
Adam Theiss ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Seth Hoffman ( Brierley Associates )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Roland Derylo ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Stephen Schmitt ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Matthew Hopper ( Cary Kopczynski & Company )
Joseph Porada ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Robert B. Johnson