April Luncheon Recap - The Obama Presidential Center

Thank you to all who attended the April Luncheon!  

The Obama Presidential Center was presented by Rick Blair of Turner Construction and Ronald A Lewis of UJAMAA Construction. Both companies are part of the Lakeside Alliance, which is the Construction Management Team comprised of Turner Construction, and the Presidential Partners consortium of Powers & Sons Construction, UJAMAA Construction, Brown & Momen, and Safeway Construction.

Rick Blair serves as Vice President and General Manager of Turner Construction’s Chicago office. In his role, Rick is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Chicago office which has over 200 employees and completes an average annual construction volume of $600 Million.  

Ron Lewis serves as Project Executive at UJAMAA. Ron joined UJAMAA Construction in 2010 and boasts over 28 years of experience in the construction industry. Ron has worked with owners, architects and construction teams through complex projects in the Healthcare, Institutional, Aviation and Retail markets amongst many others. With Ron’s eclectic skillset, he is a trusted field engineer and superintendent regularly attending jobsite meetings, an exceptional project manager handling the day-to-day operations of a project and an owner-general contractor liaison as their direct contact. Ron is currently Superintendent in the Field Operations division of the Lakeside Alliance team. 

The Obama Presidential Center Building will be a campus for active citizenship in the heart of Chicago’s South Side. The Obama Presidential Center will be a living, working campus that will consist of:

The Forum - A two-story public meeting space, with one story above grade and one below ground, which is complete with an auditorium, broadcast studio, winter garden, and restaurants.

The Museum - Serve as a landmark for the Campus, welcoming visitors to the Center, Jackson Park, and the South Side, but will have a relatively small footprint within the Campus.

The Library - The third main building of the campus — a portal for visitors to engage with the world beyond the Obama Presidential Center.

The Plaza - The Museum, Forum, and Library Buildings will wrap around a community-facing public plaza that will act as another gateway into the park.
The Athletic Center - Will invite the community to take part in physical activity year-round, highlighting the importance of teamwork and exercise through sports.

The architecture and design firms for the project are Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA), and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA).

See the slideshow below for Lakeside Alliance's presentation:

Click HERE for more on the Obama Presidential Center Building


For more on the Obama Library: 

cmaa awards

Construction Management Association of America Chicago Chapter 3rd Annual Awards Program THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUBMITTED!

Submissions are now closed.

The Construction Management Association of America Chicago Chapter held its its 3rd Annual Awards Program to recognize outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management and program management.

Award winners will serve as examples for CMAA to promote professionalism and excellence in the management of the construction process, and will be honored during our Awards Ceremony at the 3rd Annual Awards luncheon scheduled on May 24, 2018. The top scoring submittal will also be considered for submittal to the 2018 CMAA National Competition on your behalf by the CMAA Chicago Chapter.

This competition is open to all Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) members and non-members. To be eligible projects, programs or program phases must have achieved substantial completion during the period starting Jan 1, 2016 and ending December 31, 2017.
Awards are bestowed in these categories:
(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.)
Deadline for entries is March 30, 2018
• Project Nomination Form
• $150.00 submission Fee
• 3 electronic copies of Nominations on flash drive
Awards Ceremony Luncheon
• During 3rd Annual Awards luncheon on
May 24, 2018

For questions regarding submittals please email:


March Luncheon Recap - Chicago Transit Authority Red/Purple Line Modernization

presented by Chris Bushell, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure

The Chicago Transit Authority operates and maintains the nation's second largest public transportation system serving the City of Chicago and neighboring communities.  The March presentation outlined the CTA's planned improvements for the Red and Purple Lines. See the presentation below. 

This event was sponsored by: