CCHRB Membership
Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings
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CCHRB Mission:
"The purpose of the Committee is to investigate problems or enhancements, support research and disseminate information for economic design, construction, operation and rehabilitation of high-rise buildings."

How to Join CCHRB:
In order to join CCHRB as a new member, you must have credentials and potentials consistent with the mission of the organization. 

Application Requirements:
  • Letter of interest from the candidate
  • Current CV of the applicant clearly indicating the contributions of the candidate to the field of high rise buildings
  • A nomination letter from a current member of CCHRB (see below for list of current members)
  • Letters of support from three additional current members of CCHRB

Application Process:​
  • Forward the entire package described above to the CCHRB Chair in a single PDF file
  • CCHRB Executive Committee conducts an initial evaluation of the candidate's credentials, accomplishments and potentials
  • Nominations approved by the Executive Committee will be forwarded to the full CCHRB for a final vote on the candidate's membership
  • CCHRB Secretary informs approved new members of the CCHRB decision and sends them a copy of the CCHRB Constitution and Bylaws along with a letter to accept membership in CCHRB according to the conditions and responsibilities articulated in the CCHRB Constitution and Bylaws.
  • Once the signed acceptance letter is received by the Secretary, CCHRB Treasurer sends the new member an invoice for the their annual membership dues ($600 per year at this time - - prorated if necessary)
  • Membership is complete upon receipt of the annual membership dues
  • This process takes at least three months from the time completed application package is received by the CCHRB Chair

Responsibilities of CCHRB Members:
  • ​Regularly attend monthly meetings of the committee.  If unable to attend, the member must send an alternate to the meeting.  CCHRB meetings are open only to current members or their alternates and guests
  • Members must login to the CCHRB web site and RSVP for themselves, guests and/or alternates prior to every CCHRB meeting
  • Contribute to the objectives of the Committee by active participation in CCHRB task forces, giving presentations, help organize CCHRB activities, etc.

List of Current CCHRB Members

Regular Members

Member Name
Membership Type
Fred Afshari, AIA, LEED AP Technical Design Architect Gensler Regular
Abbas Aminmansour, Ph.D. Associate Professor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Regular, IMMEDITE PAST CHAIR
Chuck Anderson, SE, RA President C. E. Anderson & Associates, PC Regular
Carl F Baldassarra, PE Principal Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Regular
Sara Beardsley, AIA, LEED AP Sr. Architect Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Regular, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
John Birazzi, AIA, CSI, LEED AP Associate Principlal Klein and Hoffman, Inc. Regular
Jon Boyd, SE, AIA, PE, SECB Chairman /CEO Klein and Hoffman, Inc. Regular
Thomas Brock, AIA Architect, Assoc. Studio Professor Illinois Institute of Technology Regular
Joseph Burns, SE, PE, Ceng, FASCE, FIABSE, FAIA, LEED AP Managing Principal Thornton Tomasetti Regular
Ralph Calistro, SE, PE, SECB Sr. Vice President structural engineer Regular
Jane E. Cameron, FAIA, LEED AP Senior Project Architect Perkins+ Will Regular
Charlie Carter, SE, PE, Ph.D. President American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Regular
Ian Chin, RA, SE,PE,FASTM Vice President and Senior Principal Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Regular
Raymond S Clark, AIA, LEED AP Executive Vice President Ghafari Associates LLC Regular
Kim Clawson, AIA, CSI Senior Associate Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Regular
Jim Cleary Project Executive Enclos Corp Regular
Dave Eckmann, SE, PE, AIA Senior Principal Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Inc Regular
José Manuel Estrada, NOMA, Associate AIA Business Development Manager USG Corporation Regular
Robert Grupe Principal Grupe Gypsum Consulting, LLC Regular, SECRETARY
Robert Halvorson, SE, PE, FIStructE Executive Vice President WSP Regular
Jeff Harper, PE, FSFPE Vice President JENSEN HUGHES Regular, TREASURER
Chris Hasbrook, MBA Vice President & General Manager Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Regular
Jim Hauck, PE, SE Associate Principal Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Regular
Nester Iwankiw, PE, SE, Ph.D. Senior Engineer Jensen Hughes Regular
Mehdi Jalayerian, PE LEED AP, BD+C Executive Vice President Environmental Systems Design (ESD) Regular
Bob James Global Building Fire and Security Inspection Dir. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Regular
Tony Kiefer, PE Senior Consultant Terracon Regular
Douglas King, AIA, CSI, NCARB, ACHA Principal Stantec Architecture Inc Regular, OUTREACH DIRECTOR
Ron Klemencic, PE, SE, FACI Chairman & CEO Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Inc Regular
Gary Kohn Principal Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) Regular
Matthew Kuhl, AIA, LEED AP Associate Principal Perkins + Will Regular, VICE CHAIR
James Labuz Director of business Development Mid-States Glass and Metal Regular
Bruce Lake, PE President James McHugh Construction Co Regular
Jeff Lane

Luke Leung, PE Director Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Regular
Scott Marker, RA. NCARB LEED Green Associate, NCARB Technical Director, General Member Gensler Regular
Rik Master, FAIA, CSI, ALA, LEED AP Owner, EcoSculpt Architects EcoSculptArchitects Regular
Terry McDonnell Principal SGH Regular
Thomas McNamara, PE, FASHRAE Sr. Mechanical Engineer LM Consultants, Inc. Regular
Fred Moritz Consultant Shiner + Associates, Inc. Regular
Shankar Nair, PE, SE, NAE, Ph.D. Senior Vice Presisdent exp US Services Inc. Regular
Lawrence Novak, SE, SECB, FACI, FSEI, LEED AP Director of Structural Engineering Portland Cement Association (PCA) Regular
Sean O'Gorman Managing Associate FitzGerald Regular
Raymond Orozco Senior Vice President High Rise Fire Safety Regular
Lou Oswald, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, BD+C Technical Principal HOK Regular
James Pawlikowski, SE, LEED AP Associate Director Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Regular
John Peronto, SE, PE, SECB, LEED AP Associate Principal Thornton Tomasetti Regular
Jay A. Popp, CEI Executive Vice President International Lerch Bates, Inc. Regular
Tom Powers Vice-President and Principal Central Building & Preservation L.P. Regular
Al Ramirez
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Regular
James Reichart Business Group Leader Walsh Construction Regular
Philip Renouf President / CFO Klein and Hoffman, Inc. Regular
Steven Riggio President Riggio & Associates Consulting, Inc Regular
Kevin Sido Partner Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP Regular
Mark Simonides VP & Regional Operations Manager Turner Construction Regular
Vince Slivka Senior Program Manager Project Management Advisors Regular
Rob Tazelaar, PE, LEED AP Associate Principal Arup Regular
Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Technical Director? Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Regular
William Walton, PE, SE, FASCE Vice President GEI Consultants, Inc. Regular
Peter Weismantle, FAIA, RIBA Director of Supertall Building Technology Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Regular
Lawrence Weldon, AIA Partner Goettsch Partners Regular
Jeffrey Winick, JD Attorney Harris Winick Harris Regular
Michael Wysockey, PE, Ph.D. President Thatcher Foundations Inc. Regular, CHAIR

Emeritus Members

Sherwin Asrow, SE President Retired Emeritus
Clyde Baker, PE, SE, ASCE, DFI Senior consultant Retired Emeritus
Boris Dragunsky
Retired Emeritus
Richard Fencl, AIA, CSI Emeritus Consulting Architect Retired Emeritus
Mike Hagen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Architect Retired Emeritus
Bill Lyons Construction Director Retired Emeritus
Jaimie Moreno
Retired Emeritus
Daniel W. Murphy, PE Sr.VP / Principal Retired Emeritus
Harold B. Olin Retired Retired Emeritus
Robert Shuldes Consulting Engineer Retired Emeritus
David Stuhlmacher, AIA Architect Retired Emeritus
Edward P. Wilkas, AIA, NCARB Architect: State of Illinois, State of Alaska Retired, Emeritus
Tom Wysockey Retired Retired Emeritus

Ex Officio Members

Richard Ford Fire Commissioner City of Chicago Ex-Officio
Judy Frydland Building Commissioner City of Chicago Ex-Officio