REAL Innovation – PART 1: Maximizing Real Estate Value Through Innovative Solutions: Method Soap Case Study

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Date(s) - 05/22/2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM



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Fifty years after the Whole Earth Catalog and Buckminster Fuller’s Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth was first published, a new Natural Capitalism is emerging that redefines the cost of a product from the traditional supply and demand model, to a value model based on its environmental impact. This shift in economics is enabled by emerging trends in a digitally connected IoT which is disrupting product supply chains. New building types are emerging. Method Soap’s new LEED Platinum manufacturing and office headquarter facility in Chicago is a “Factory of the Future”: a sustainable model for “Natural Capitalism’s bottom line: People, Planet, & Profit. Referring to Method’s new facility, project design partner William McDonough stated, “We are at the dawn of manufacturing in the ecological century.

Karl Heitman, AIA, LEED AP, founder and President of Heitman Architects, brings over 25 years of experience and expertise in the design of corporate facilities including a diverse range of industrial manufacturing, corporate consolidation, and redevelopment projects. As a differentiator, Karl has coupled his unique understanding of real estate value with emerging digital technologies to deliver sophisticated, high performance buildings that inspire and transform tomorrow’s businesses. Recognized as CoreNet Global 2016 Sustainable Leadership Award recipient, Heitman Architects is a thought leader for sustainable and technology-integrated architectural design. His national reputation for innovation is based on sophisticated facility solutions incorporating Virtual 3D data modeling and sustainable ‘next generation’ facility design for diverse clients across all sectors of the economy. Karl currently leads the firm as Design Principal. He is an active member of AIA, IFMA, IAMC, and the USGBC.

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