SMPS Chicago February Luncheon - Resuscitating Facilities for New Life: Making Adaptive Reuse Work

February 13, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM

150 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Adaptive reuse projects have the potential to help revitalize neighborhoods and promote sustainable development. Some of these structures (factories, warehouses, big box stores, etc.) have been sitting vacant for years, and communities and owners are in conflict on how to reposition these former neighborhood stomping grounds. However, untapped opportunity lies before us in these existing facilities.

• How can firms capitalize on this trend?
• How can firms assist developers and owners in conceptualizing alternative uses for their facilities?
• What strategies have investors adopted to generate higher ROI in their most successful redevelopment projects to date?

Join Juan Moreno as he focuses on the ambitious reuse of abandoned and underutilized facilities as a model for possibilities nationwide.


Juan Gabriel Moreno, AIA, is an award-winning architect and President and Founder of JGMA (Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects). Mr. Moreno was born in Bogota, Colombia and studied architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He also lived in Florence, Italy where he studied under Superstudio founders Christiano Toraldo di Francia and Gianni Pettena.

Mr. Moreno has been creating provocative works for more than 30 years. His portfolio includes having worked on projects throughout the United States and internationally. These projects represent a diverse portfolio of public and private work in typologies ranging from education, government, research, commercial, urban planning, product design and graphic design. However, in 2010 he launched JGMA with the sole purpose of transforming Chicago’s diverse communities with his architecture. Since then, JGMA has become one of the most highly acclaimed design firms in Chicago. JGMA’s work was on display at the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial and Juan was invited to several of the Biennial’s panels to share his work and vision with the design community.

Juan Moreno’s personal dedication to community and social justice has been recognized both locally and internationally. He was named a 2017 Business Leader of Color and a 2016 Curbed Groundbreaker for his efforts to improve the functionality of the built world. In 2015 he was selected as a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed him to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Mr. Moreno also had the honor of being recognized by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as one of the “100 COLOMBIANOS” for 2013 and was a recipient of the 2013 “PIECE” Award for International Excellence which recognizes Colombians working outside of the country and making a difference in the lives of children and communities.


Parking is available at the garage located across the street from Petterino’s at 181 N. Dearborn. When checking in for the program, please make sure you receive a parking voucher. Please insert the parking voucher into the automated machine at the garage in order to receive the discount of $14 for a max of 3 hours. 

CPSM CEU Credits: 1.5

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