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Paul Alessandro will be a speaker at the Greening the Heartland Conference, which will be held at Chicago’s Holiday Inn Mart Plaza from September 9-10. In a presentation entitled Adaptive Reuse as Sustainable Development: Strategies for Blending Historic Structures, Sustainability and Revitalized Communities, Paul will be speaking about the challenges and opportunities in integrating sustainable design strategies into existing buildings.

The discussion will feature a case study of the adaptive reuse of the Morris B. Sachs Building, a landmarked 1929 Art Modern flatiron structure, that was adaptively reused into the Hairpin Lofts, a LEED Gold certified mixed-use development with affordable housing units, a community arts center and retail spaces. Joining Paul on the panel will be Michael Roane, Vice President of Brinshore Development, LLC, and Sachin Anand, Principal of dbHMS. Topics that will be explored include how to assess the economic feasibility and physical viability of existing buildings for adaptive reuse, how to integrate cutting-edge materials and resources to enhance the performance of historic buildings, and identifying financing options for building renovations. The presentation will take place on Monday, September 9th, from 9:30-10:30 AM.

Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, Greening the Heartland is USGBC’s annual Midwest event. This year’s theme explores the interdependent elements of sustainability – providing buildings with clean energy, water, efficient use of materials while minimizing waste, and convenient and sustainable means of arrival. Together, these elements truly result in green buildings and sustainable developments.

To learn more information and register for the conference, please visit www.greeningtheheartland.org.