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Architecture & Engineering
Sep 20, 5:00 PM CDT

You attend meetings to network. At NAREIM, we honor the investment of your time by ensuring our networking, activities and content help you build personal relationships with peers, who are facing the same challenges and opportunities as you. 

The NAREIM Architecture & Engineering meeting is just the place to build genuine relationships and friendships.


As we work to develop our roundtable and group discussion content, we are committed to ensuring your time is well spent. We invite you to come join fellow architecture, engineering and construction leaders in September.

Registration fee: $795

meeting schedule

Tuesday, September 19

  • 3pm: Construction site tour

  • 6pm: Welcome happy hour, location TBC

Wednesday, September 20

  • 8am: Breakfast

  • 9am: Meeting content, roundtables, workshops

  • 5.30pm-9pm: Networking Dinner at Tortoise Supper Club 350 N State St

Thursday, September 21

  • 8am: Breakfast

  • 9am: Meeting content, roundtables, workshops

  • 12pm: End of meeting

Preliminary Agenda

The NAREIM Architecture & Engineering Planning Committee is hard at work developing a highly interactive and insightful agenda. Please keep checking here for updates. 


​tuesday, september 19

3pm Office-to-Residential Conversion Site Tour
NAREIM members participate in a private, guided tour of an under-construction asset, and will have the opportunity to ask questions of the building developer and architect. 


  • Session leader: Katherine Ingersoll, Assistant Vice President, Menlo Equities 

  • Speaker: Sheryl Schulze, Principal, Gensler

(Format: Guided group tour with Q&A – 2 hours)

6pm Welcome Reception 

Attendees are invited to an informal networking happy hour, with complimentary beverages and light bites.

  • Location: TBC

  • Time: 6pm-8pm 


wednesday, september 20

8am Breakfast

9am Welcome Comments and NAREIM Architecture & Engineering Committee Update

  • Chair: Belinda Bail, BentallGreenOak

  • Co-chair: Jenalyn Groeschel, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

  • NAREIM: Sanyu Kyeyune, Head of Programming

9.15am Innovation & Futureproofing, Part 1: Building Materials Case Studies

With the rise in EV trucking, batteries, the use of smart glass, what changes need to be made to buildings to accommodate? How viable is it? Where are we on the journey to implementation? 

Topics to be raised:

  • Batteries, charging stations and risks to building owners

  • Smart glass - Where is it being used? How is it performing?

Additional topics for consideration:

  • ASR concrete spalling

  • Radon in concrete structures

  • Stucco sand rusting

  • Examples of technologies with track record, easier implementation

  • Claims from “wonder products” that have aged out

  • PEX and piping rigid plastic 

  • Low-carbon concrete

(Format: 5-minute polling, 30-minute presentation with expert analysis, 25-minute whole-room discussion – 1 hour)


10.15am Break

10.30am Innovation & Futureproofing, Part 2: Challenges & Resources


Small-group activity: In groups of 6, managers will discuss new and upcoming companies creating EV charging infrastructure, and best practices for selecting the right partners.

  • What groups are out there? How are you evaluating them?

  • How do you deal with maintenance?


(Format: 20-minute group exercise, 25-minute whole-room discussion – 45 min)

11.15am Insurance: Trends and Best Practices
Whole-room Q&A with presentations by industry experts.


Topics to be raised:

  • Best practices in dealing with insurance premiums

  • Top cities with high risks, legislation risks, climate change, etc.

  • Suggestions to reduce Builders Risk costs

  • State by state insurance risk management considerations

(Format: 20-minute presentation with expert analysis, 25-minute whole-room discussion – 45 min)


12pm Networking Lunch

1pm Environmental Regulation: What's next?

What are the latest environmental regulations? Which regulations, in which states, do we need to prepare for next? 


Topics to be raised:​

  • Impact of ASTM standard for phase 1 reports

  • Radon testing requirements

  • Forever chemicals

  • Vapor encroachment standards

(Format: Case study review, followed by whole-room best practices sharing – 45min)


1.45pm Contracts: What's new and what's changing?
What are managers doing to protect themselves, what challenges are they facing, and lessons learned? 

Topics to be raised:

  • Selecting/customizing contract documents – new build vs. repurposing

  • Impact on financing, debt or equity

  • GC selection

  • Legal view - recent changes, liability concerns, new clauses for subcontractors, GCs

(Format: 20-minute presentation with expert analysis, 20-minute group exercise, 20-minute whole-room discussion – 1 hour)

2.45pm Break

3pm ESG Case Study: Retrofitting for Net Positive 
ESG case study on how to renovate an existing building, and turn it into a net positive building. 

(Format: 20-minute case study review, 25-minute whole-room discussion – 45min)

3.45pm Implementing ASTM for property resilience assessment 

Brief update on the proposed ASTM Guide for Property Resilient Assessment.  
(Format: Industry update and outlook, followed by group discussion – 30min)

4.15pm End of Day One

pm Networking Dinner 

Reconnect with your peers and make new connections at our networking dinner, free for all registered attendees.

  • Location: Tortoise Supper Club, 350 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

  • Time: 5.30pm-9pm ET


thursday, september 21

Managers only. The following sessions are for A&E-focused real estate investment managers only. Consultants, vendors and other service-providers are not allowed to participate.

9am Breakfast


9.30am A&E Professional Development Workshop

Multi-format session focused on team-building, training, continuing education, skill and talent development. 

Topics to be raised:

  • Finding the right talent in new markets

  • Recruiting qualified internal candidates

  • Finding and retaining the best consultants available

  • Training & development for in-house staff

(Format: 5-minute polling, 15-minute presentation with Q&A throughout, 30-minute small-group exercise, 25-minute whole-room best practices sharing – 75min)

10.45am A&E Considerations for Non-Traditional Asset Classes
As you look increasingly to alternative property types, what additional knowledge and tools do you need? 

Topics for group discussion:

  • SFR, self-storage, cold storage, BTR: What are architects, engineers and managers being asked to look at?

  • Resilience/hardening strategies: What are you doing to develop a protocol?

Small-group activity: Reducing Risk & Cost During Construction

In groups of 6, managers will discuss the mitigation strategies with the best payback – what’s working and what’s not working. 

(Format: 5-minute polling, 30-minute list-building exercise at roundtables, 25-minute whole-room discussion – 1 hour)


11.45am Capital Improvements with the Highest Impact

With ESG creating longer due diligence periods, what actions should A&E groups prioritize? How do you bridge the data gap when dealing with multiple consultants?


Topics under consideration:

  • Weighing net zero strategies: CRREM path? ASHRAE level one energy modeling? How are you involving the consultants?

  • Quantifying the value of ESG improvements: solar, wind, EV charging, etc.


(Format: 15-minute list-building exercise at roundtables, followed by 30-minute group discussion – 45min)



12.30pm End of meeting

additional topics under consideration

Quality Control ​​

  • Best practices for construction inspection per product type

  • Rehab projects – additional risk concerns

  • Envelope and Balcony inspections

Asset Repositioning

  • Office to apartment remodels - architecture and development pitfalls 

  • Office market dynamics & opportunities for conversions to housing

Market focus

  • Economic and market outlook

  • Top lessons learned from 2023


The NAREIM Architecture & Engineering Meeting will take place in the 30th floor tenant space at the offices of Ferguson Partners.


123 N Wacker St

Chicago, IL 60606



NAREIM does not have a room block for the Architecture & Engineering meeting.

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2023 pLanning committee members

Chair: Belinda Bail, BentallGreenOak

Co-chair: Jenalyn Groeschel, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

Michael Kairis, American Realty Advisors

Andrew Coats, Barings Real Estate Advisors

Bob Klinger, Brennan Investment Group

Kelly Saito, The Green Cities Company

Dave Ridley, JP Morgan Asset Management

Chris Wilson, LaSalle Investment Management

Katherine Ingersoll, Menlo Equities

Levi Naas/Randy Norton/Riley Quinlan, MultiGreen Properties

Bob Geiger/Gary Cohn, Partner Engineering & Science

Anne Peck, TA Realty

Joel Villamil, UBS Realty Investors

Past agendas

Disclaimer: NAREIM meetings are open to NAREIM members only and their guests. For further information on attending meeting or other NAREIM discussions, please contact Zoe Hughes, CEO. Please note that any executive who is not a NAREIM member, guest of a member or working in the real estate investment management industry will not be admitted to NAREIM events. NAREIM reserves the right to decline any registration. By registering for NAREIM events, you are consenting to NAREIM’s privacy policy. 

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