The Mission of CMAA is to promote the profession of Construction Management and the use of qualified Construction Managers on capital projects and programs.

    The Vision of CMAA is that all owners will realize capital project and program success by using professionally qualified Construction Managers. CMAA-Chicago brings together professionals from Chicago and around the Midwest.

To join the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Management Association, you must first enroll to become a member of the National CMAA Chapter.

 Membership Page

CMAA National Website and CMAA-CII Alliance Website

CMAA National Website and CMAA-CII Alliance Website

Upcoming Events 

CMAA Chicago Chapter Planning Meeting

Thank you to all who joined the CMAA-Chicago Chapter planning meeting at Highline Bar and Lounge on Thursday, August 24th! We are planning great things for the coming year, which we will be announcing in early September. 

CMAA-Chicago also has open positions on the executive board. If you would like to get involved and would be interested to act as:

  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Programs Management

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Chicago Chapter 2nd Annual Awards Program Awards

The Construction Management Association of America Chicago Chapter held its 2nd Annual Awards Program to recognize outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management and program management.

Award winners serve as examples for CMAA to promote professionalism and excellence in the management of the construction process. The top scoring submittal will also be considered for submittal to the 2017 CMAA National Competition on your behalf by the CMAA Chicago Chapter.

(includes highways, transit, airports, ports, public works, etc.) with:
• constructed value less than $25 Million
• constructed value greater than $25 Million
(includes education, health care,research, offices, commercial, residential, hospitality, federal, state, county, city,etc.) with:
New Construction or
• constructed value less than $25 Million
• constructed value greater than $25 Million
(these categories allow for distinct phases of a multi-project or multi-phase program to be submitted for consideration):
• Buildings (includes education, health care, research, offices, commercial, residential, hospitality, federal, state, county, city, etc.)
• Infrastructure (includes highways, transit, airports, ports, public works, etc.)


Recap: Meet the Owners 2017

A big thank you to the following owners for gathering at the 2017 Owners' Forum on February 2nd:

Cook County, General Services Administration (GSA), Public Building Commission of  Chicago (PBC), Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

January Luncheon Recap: Cook County's Long Range Transportation Plan

CMAA Chicago joined IS-ASCE T&DI to host Mr. John Yonan, Cook County Division of Transportation and Highways Superintendent, to be the keynote speaker for our January luncheon event. John discussed details the multi-jurisdictional approach to planning and implementing projects at the heart of the Plan, including a set of policy priorities that he believes the industry needs to implement.  

John Yonan is the Superintendent of the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways. John is responsible for all of CDDOTH professional engineering functions, including the planning, programming, design, construction and maintenance of the County’s infrastructure assets which includes over 570 miles of roads.


Annual CMAA-Chicago Holiday Party

Thank you all who attended the CMAA-Chicago 2016 Holiday Party at the Highline Bar+Lounge - it was a great way to wrap up another successful year!


LUNCHEON REVIEW:  O'Hare 21 presented by Jonathan Leach, Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Department of Aviation.

The Chicago Department of Aviation owns and manages both O'Hare and Midway International Airports. Annually O'Hare and Midway account for over 1.13 million operations as well as 99 million passengers combined with an annual operating budget of over $1 billion dollars. Mr. Leach's responsibilities include overseeing all planning, design and construction activities at O'Hare and Midway including O'Hare 21 and the Modernization Program; maintenance and operation of the terminals, parking and automated transit system; annual FAA inspection and certification.







CMAA-Chicago Executive Board 2017

Larry Mestan – President

Kevin Wilson – Vice President

Monica Scheel – Secretary

Richard Ach – Treasurer

Jackie Doyle – Past President


Programs (Buildings) – Mahesh Mohnalkar

Student Liaison/ CMIT – Christine Tancinco

CODE – Michael Houston

CCM Certification Chair – Harrison Staley

Executive Board page: click HERE.


LUNCHEON REVIEW: Improved Delivery: Navigating Collaborative Waters
presented by Clay W. Goser, Director Program Management Facilities, Planning Design and Construction for The University of Chicago Medicine 

On Thursday, October 27th, Clay Goser presented on improved delivery and navigating through collaborative waters. He discussed why we are where we are, what needs to change from an industry perspective, what alternatives start to look like, and how we can improve despite owner restrictions. Clay has built his career developing multi-disciplinary teams in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry. His broad experience encompasses all facets of the project life cycle including master planning, project and program management, controls and close-out.

SEMINAR REVIEW: UL Presentation "Building Envelope Performance Testing"
by Dan Daugherty, Senior Sales Executive


REVIEW: Tour of the McCormick Place Arena and Hotel Construction Site

Construction is underway of the New McCormick Place Events Center, also known as DePaul Arena includes a $164 million, 10,000-seat sports arena, as well as an adjacent $350 Million, 1,206-room, 40-story Marriott hotel.

The 30,000-square-foot DePaul Arena will serve as the home court for DePaul University basketball and is located three miles south of DePaul’s downtown center. The arena’s design features glass exterior walls, an undulating roof, as well as retail and hospitality space on the ground level.

The 40-story tower hotel will feature many amenities including below grade parking, retail space, banquet and meeting rooms, ballrooms, a fitness center, and a large restaurant and bar on the ground level. The team will also renovate the historic American Book Company Building (ABC Building) and connect it to the hotel. The ABC Building will include additional meeting room spaces and back-of-house areas for the hotel.

The scope of work also includes constructing multiple pedestrian bridges to connect the many elements of the McCormick campus to create a walkable urban experience. Substantial completion is slated for August 2017.



REVIEW: Tour of the Newly Completed Malcolm X College Campus

Construction on the new state-of-the-art Malcolm X College began in early September 2013; the building is now open for classes as of January 2016. The $251 million project, a major investment in Chicago’s West Side, is part of City Colleges’ five-year $524 million capital plan, which enables major improvements throughout the seven-campus community college system—from upgraded classroom technologies to brand-new teaching and learning facilities. 

The new 544,000 square foot campus was built directly across the street from the old college (which is being demolished) on its parking lot, features space for health science, general education and adult education instruction, as well as student services and athletics. A new conference facility, auditorium and parking garage was also part of the construction.  



CMAA Chicago Chapter Annual Golf Outing

Thank you to those who supported the annual student scholarships by joining the Chicago Chapter golf outing! It was held June 1st at the Seven Bridges Golf Course in Woodridge, IL.

Annual Scholarship Awards and
1st Project Achievement Awards Luncheon Recap


Thank you all to those who have submitted projects and to all student applying for scholarships!

The 2016 Construction Management Project Achievement Award recipients were honored at our 1st Project Competition Awards Ceremony. Awards are bestowed in the following categories: Infrastructure Projects, Buildings Projects and Program Management. 



 RM Chin & Associates




Alfred Benesch & Company 


Turner Construction




Scholarship Winners are as follows:

Scholarships to college students:

Julia Chang, UIUC, undergraduate student

Jacob Je-Chian Lin, UIUC, graduate student

Michael J. Rossing, UW Madison, undergraduate student


Scholarships to students in ACE Program:

John Parise, Lemont High School

Walmer Saavedra, Lindblom Math and Science Academy



Mark Your Calendars

Visit the National Conference Website for more information


2016 CMAA National Conference & Trade Show
October 9 - 11, 2016
San Diego, California


Luncheon Recap: ZBRELLA Presents... "Change or Die"

Thank you to all those who've attended Michael Zucchi's ZBRELLA "Change or Die" presentation. Please view it as follows:

Michael Zucchi, CEO of ZBRELLA, a NY-based IT company and technology consulting firm that services an array of industries, with an emphasis on the construction industry. ZBRELLA helps clients leverage the latest technology to improve efficiency, transform business processes, and increase profits.  Mr. Zucchi, is a Solutions Orchestrator by day and a futurist by night. He takes pleasure in dreaming up new ways to disrupt the world with technology by night and builds those very same systems by day to understand and automate the world. He is the CEO of a futuristic, fun and thought provoking technology firm that changes the way we work, live and play.

Speaking Engagements:
CMAA National Conference 2015 - How Technology’s Changing Construction
CMAA National Project Symposium - Drones in Construction
ConstrucTech Day 2014 - Trending Technology 2014
Technology Day 2013 - The Rise of the Machines  

Written Work:
ENR Drone: A Getaway to Full Site Automation
CE Tech Trends - Drones VS Cranes
ConstrucTech Magazine - Machines and the Age of Information
CIO Review Magazine - Money is Made in the Field  


Clark Construction and PD3 also presented about the McCormick Place Headquarters Hotel and Event Center project in March, with their presentation recap as follows:


For more information, contact the CMAA Chicago Chapter Secretary, Monica Scheel at .