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When you think of tall building materials, steel and concrete likely come to mind. But now, wood skyscrapers are moving closer to becoming a reality. Hear about the proposed River Beech Tower, an 80-story timber high-rise designed by Perkins+Will.

$12 public
Free for CAC members
Gand Lecture Hall, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

This program was rescheduled from January 30, 2019, and tickets purchased for that date will be honored.

Perkins + Will architect Todd Snapp and Thornton Tomasetti Chicago Office Director David Weihing will outline the vision for River Beech Tower, which could one day stand along the Chicago River. The project pushes the limits of what is possible with today’s materials and is a research-driven exploration of the potential for tall timber construction.

Program Speaker: Todd Snapp

Todd Snapp

Todd Snapp earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His practice specializes in mixed use master planning of high-rise residential and corporate office developments, cultural and higher education facilities and active learning K-12 environments. A design principal with nearly 20 years spent at Perkins + Will, Todd has brought versatile expertise and dynamism to the firm. In 2015, Todd was selected as one of “Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century”.

Program Speaker: David Weihing

David Weihing

David Weihing is Senior Principal and Chicago Office Director at engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti. He has more than 20 years of experience in the development and management of structural designs for local, national and international projects. His portfolio includes designs for commercial high-rise, healthcare, residential, sports and specialty structures, as well as damage assessment, investigation and repair of existing structures. In 2010, he was named one of Engineering News-Record Midwest’s Top 20 under 40 professionals.

AIA/CES Credit: 1 LU

  • Although this event is free for CAC members, advance registration is required.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center on the day of the event.
  • All online transactions will be charged a $3 convenience fee. To avoid this fee, order tickets via phone 312.922.3432 or in-person at the CAC Box Office at 111 E. Wacker Dr.