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Sept CMS Program: Enhancing the Community: Practical Practices in Streetscape Design (CM | 2)

Communities large and small concentrate significant resources in their downtown rights-of-way to attract and retain businesses, consumers, residents and investors. In a rapidly changing marketplace, the stakes are particularly high when community leaders contemplate new right-of-way streetscape investments. This program will explore innovative, yet practical practices that can be applied in today’s streetscape. Speakers will discuss successful streetscapes, community branding, innovative lighting techniques, as well as a current local project. The session will conclude with a walking tour of Downtown Naperville that highlights recommendations from the City’s own Streetscape Plan. A social/networking event will be held afterwards in Downtown Naperville.

Date & Time

Thu, September 15, 2016

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Naperville Municipal Center

400 S. Eagle

Naperville, IL

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Rick Hitchcock Hitchcock Design Group Rick will discuss the role of streetscape in successful downtowns and offer some best practices in streetscape design, implementation and maintenance, including business and property owner engagement during design and construction. Rick's recognized leadership skills and outspoken client advocacy have helped hundreds of Midwestern government clients envision and create distinctive downtowns, riverfronts and business districts that balance diverse stakeholder interests, valuable community resources and evolving marketplace conditions. He is an experienced group facilitator who builds consensus as well as he promotes a bold concept. Since 1980, Rick's passion and reputation for Creating Better Places has positioned Hitchcock Design Group as one of the leading urban planning and design providers in the region. Hitchcock Design Group operates from offices in Chicago, Naperville and Indianapolis.

Carl Wohlt Wohlt Group wohltgroup combines expertise in visual identity design and urban planning to create innovative branding programs that clearly differentiate communities from the their peers and competitors. Before founding wohltgroup, Carl was a senior associate and urban planner at Hitchcock Design Group, where he managed master planning projects focused on commercial district revitalization. Carl was also a member of studio6, Hitchcock Design Group’s creative SWAT team. As part of studio6, Carl provided award winning urban planning, urban design, branding, graphic design, writing, and research services for HDG’s other practice areas. Prior to joining Hitchcock Design Group, Carl was a principal and creative director at Crosby Associates, one the country’s most respected branding and visual identity design firms. His design work has been recognized for excellence by every major graphic design organization and publication, and is included in the permanent archive of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Jim Baney IALD, IES, LC, LEED AP Schuler Shook Jim is a Partner in the architectural lighting design group of Schuler Shook. He believes in crafting sustainable lighting solutions that meet client requirements and integrate tightly with the architectural design of each project. His experience in daylighting design and his knowledge of electric light sources help his clients achieve these goals. Jim's award-winning lighting designs have encompassed a wide range of project types that impact communities including building facades, city streetscapes, transportation facilities, retail, hospitality, museums, academic buildings, and houses of worship. Jim has addressed multiple professional organizations and trade shows including the AIA, ASLA, IES, IALD, Greenbuild, Lightfair, and Neocon. He has also guest lectured for the Illinois Institute of Technology, The University of Illinois - Chicago, and Andrews University.

Michelle Kelly, PLA Upland Design Michelle is Principal Landscape Architect at Upland Design Ltd., a landscape architecture and planning firm. Her work has centered on creating outdoor spaces for communities from streetscapes and plazas to parks and forest preserves. With over three hundred built projects, her expertise in creating successful public spaces that engage people through the underlining design can be seen in Cities and Villages throughout Chicagoland.

Paul Cureton, PE P2C Designs Paul is Principal Civil Engineer at P2C Design LLC, a civil engineering, planning and design firm. Paul has over 15 years’ experience leading multi-disciplined project teams focusing on sustainable design solutions. He has assisted clients in receiving over $1M dollars in green grants incorporating award winning sustainable solutions.

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