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


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February Luncheon Recap: ComEd Energy Efficiency Program

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program targets new construction and major renovation projects to provide technical assistance such as energy modeling as well as financial incentives to encourage design teams and building Owners to exceed energy code requirements.  Thank you to all who joined this luncheon, presented to you by ComEd's energy engineer Drew Morrison. See his PowerPoint presentation below. We also welcome the CMAA-UIC student chapter!


Happy holidays from CMAA and Nawic!

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NAWIC and CMAA Chicago were proud to join together to celebrate the year and the holiday season with our members. The party was on Wednesday, December 13th, held at Scout Waterhouse. We would like to thank everyone for your part in making the joint Holiday Party a huge success. Whether you had your hand in the coordination/preparation, or just attending… a great time was had by all and we were able to raffle off seven (7) bottles of wine! 

We look forward to partnering with other organizations in the future!

NAWIC's Core Purpose: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

Please contact Nora Degnan, ( if you are interested in NAWIC.