WORKSHOPS/TOURS


8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

(Open to full conference and Wednesday one-day registrants, but you must sign up in advance.)

Chicago is one of the world’s greatest cities and the Congress Local Host Committee is proud to recommend that you participate in one of the following Workshop/Tours that feature Chicago’s commitment to sustainable and innovative infrastructure for the 21st Century and beyond.
 

There is no additional fee for full-week Congress registrants (with the exception of Chicago Bike Lanes & Cycle Center Tour) but you must sign up in advance as space is limited. Participation is available on a first-come, first serve basis. Some of these tours will require an advance security check and photo ID. Appropriate shoes are a must.
 

•  Chicago Bike Lanes and Cycle Center

(Additional $30 bicycle/equipment rental fee for this tour only.)

This tour will be by bicycle! Space is very limited, must register in advance and participants will be chosen first come, first served. A separate $30 fee is required for bike and helmet rental. (See registration form.) You will be asked to sign a liability waiver form.  Environmentalists, urban planners, and cycling enthusiasts from around the world have expressed interest in Chicago’s Cycle Center and Bike Lanes. Here is your opportunity to bicycle the lanes yourself, view the unique features, including the specific bicycle traffic light on Wacker Drive. You will also see how the McDonald’s Cycle Center in Millennium Park operates. 

 

•  130th and Torrence Avenue Project – The World’s Largest Truss Bridge

Must sign-up in advance. Space is limited; first-come, first served. Participation is at no additional charge to full Congress registrants. Others must pay one-day registration fee for Wednesday as noted on the registration form.  In August, 2012 a 394 foot, 4.3 million pound truss bridge was rolled into place over 130th and Torrence Avenue after being assembled offsite. This structure is part an overall $101 million project to improve this complex railroad and roadway intersection. It is a key feature of the Mayor’s Building a New Chicago infrastructure program. Learn about the huge engineering feat that encompassed the moving of the bridge –and- examine the impressive details of the total reconfiguration and grade separation project. 

 

•  Jardine Water Purification Plant

Must sign-up in advance. Space is limited; first-come, first served. Participation is at no additional charge to full Congress registrants. Others must pay one-day registration fee for Wednesday as noted on the registration form. Advance security check and photo ID required.  Constructed in the 1960’s, the Jardine Water Purification Plant, formerly the Central District Filtration Plant, is the largest capacity water filtration plant in the world. It draws water from two of the city’s water cribs far offshore in Lake Michigan and sends nearly one billion gallons (4 million m3) of water per day to consumers in north and central Chicago. Located near the Navy Pier, the Jardine Plant is one of Chicago’s most visible and impressive public works structures.

 

•  Chicago’s Green Roofs

Must sign-up in advance. Space is limited; first-come, first served. Participation is at no additional charge to full Congress registrants. Others must pay one-day registration fee for Wednesday as noted on the registration form.  Chicago has long been a national leader in the use of green roofs to promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The first tour stop will be Chicago City Hall Rooftop Garden which was designed in 2001 to test different kinds of green roof systems. Although not normally open to the public, the City Hall Roof Garden is a treasured Chicago landmark appreciated by the occupants of the many taller buildings around it. The tour will conclude at the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park which, at 2.5 acres, is the world’s largest green roof; built over several parking garages and the commuter rail system.

 

•  Tree and History Tour of Millennium Park

Must sign-up in advance. Space is limited; first-come, first served. Participation is at no additional charge to full Congress registrants. Others must pay one-day registration fee for Wednesday as noted on the registration form.  Millennium Park is a 24.5 acre park located in the heart of the Chicago Downtown Loop. Urban planners/designers and urban foresters alike will enjoy this tour. Part One of the tour will feature the story of how this world-class public park was, throughout the 20th century, a wasteland of railroad tracks, parking lots, and blight. But for the 21st century and beyond, it is now a state-of-the art public space that Chicagoans will enjoy for generations to come. Part Two of the tour will cover the landscape design of the park including the garden, trees, and other plantings. 

 

•  Chicago Deep Tunnel

Must sign-up in advance. Space is limited; first-come, first served. Participation is at no additional charge to full Congress registrants. Others must pay one-day registration fee for Wednesday as noted on the registration form.  Chicago’s Deep Tunnel Project is a large civil engineering project that aims to reduce flooding in the Chicago-Metro area. Stormwater and sewage are being diverted into temporary holding reservoirs thereby reducing the harmful effects of flushing raw sewage into Lake Michigan. This megaproject was commissioned in the 1970’s and full completion is not anticipated until 2029. Substantial portions of the system are already open and operational and across 30 years of construction, $3 billion dollars have been spent.

 

WORKSHOPS 


8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

 

•  Emergency Management 101: Why Should You Care?

Sponsored by APWA’s Emergency Management Committee. 

Attend this overview of information that public works professionals need to know to effectively perform their roles as emergency management first responders. Topics will include: incident command systems, NIMS, first responder fundamentals, operation planning, caring for employees, continuity of operations, and more. 

SPEAKERS: Ms. Christine Walsh, Director of Operations,  City of Beloit,  Beloit,  WI

 

•  Media Relations for Public Works Professionals

Need some tips for avoiding the pitfalls of understanding and working with the media? Effectively working with the media is crucial for public works professionals. This workshop will provide meaningful media relations guidelines to building support for public works services and projects. This interactive session features many areas of how the media business works, including:  

  • Interaction with reporters from all aspects of media – Print, social media, radio and television 
  • Developing effective relationships with local media representatives – How to cooperate and work with media 
  • How to prepare for broadcast and other interviews – What a BAD interview looks like 
  • How to develop and deliver key messages – Guidance for interview situations 
  • Answer questions without damaging your reputation 
  • Demystifying news release writing – Learn to write news releases that catch the attention of reporters 
  • Prepare for and give powerful presentations to council, neighborhood groups or other audiences  Knowing how to cooperate and communicate with media is very important for public works professionals, and this workshop will benefit staff at all levels. 

SPEAKERS: Lauren Behm, Public Information Specialist at Pierce County Washington Public Works and Utilities; and Laura Bynum, M.A. APWA National Media Relations and Communications Manager, based in Washington, D.C 

 

•  Trenchless Technology - The Good News Story

With current economic constraints, the financial and environmental savings of trenchless technologies cannot be understated. Trenchless technologies minimize disruption to roadways and the general public. This workshop, hosted by The North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), will discuss different new installation trenchless technology methods, their benefits, and applications. 

SPEAKERS: Don Del Nero, P.E., C.D.T., Vice President,  CH2M HILL,  Flowery Branch,  GA; and Kim Staheli, Ph.D., P.E., President & Principal Engineer,  Staheli Trenchless Consultants, Inc.,  Bothell,  WA

 

•  Water Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Using Envision™

Hear from a panel of engineers, operators, planners, and utility managers who will share case studies and future trends for using the Envision™ Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System. Interactive exercises for using Envision™ will be conducted, and you’ll leave equipped with practical knowledge for implementing this planning and designing tool. 

SPEAKERS: Mr. John Paul Semper, LEED AP, P.E., Project Manager,  Greeley and Hansen,  Norfolk,  VA; and Mr. Kelvin Coles, EIT, Project Engineer,  Greeley and Hansen,  Norfolk,  VA