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Michael A. Benedetto
Senior Vice President and Regional Executive, Skanska
Mike Benedetto leads the strategic growth of Skanska’s consulting and program management services, serving several markets, including health care, biopharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and advanced technology. He is passionate about using engineering discipline and rigor to improve project delivery in non-traditional areas for organizations doing social good. He has over twenty-five years of design and construction experience, currently overseeing more than $2.5 billion in active construction projects. Mike received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and has studied chemical process design at University of New Haven, construction management at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and leadership at Harvard Business School. He is also a mentor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management Initiative for Heath Systems Innovation.
 

Jim Chambers
Director, Shepley Bulfinch
A Director at Shepley Bulfinch, Jim Chambers ensures consistency and quality across a wide range of projects. He works with owners, contractors, and designers to understand – and then meet or exceed – the needs of complex projects, and has considerable experience in core/shell design and detailing. Jim is a primary member of the firm’s Continuous Improvement Group, and has been closely involved in the implementation of BIM on a local and national level. He is currently serving as a project manager for the Hale Family Clinical Building, Boston Children’s Hospital’s new 550,000 sq ft expansion.
 

Daniel ClarkDaniel P. Clark, P.E. 
Senior Staff Member, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Daniel Clark specializes in investigating, surveying, and rehabilitating historic buildings; conducting peer reviews and designing building enclosure systems; and providing construction administration services to repair or construct building enclosures and roofing and waterproofing systems. He has a wide range of experience designing repairs and new construction, investigating leakage, and evaluating performance for hospitals and medical research buildings in Massachusetts, Florida, and Michigan. Daniel is an active member of ASTM International Committee E06 (ASTM E06) on Performance of Buildings and the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE). He has also published papers and presented at industry conferences on topics including roofing, fenestration, and building enclosure compliance testing.
 

Emily HoppsEmily R. Hopps, P.E. 
Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 
Emily Hopps has wide experience in design, investigation, evaluation, restoration, commissioning, and construction administration of historic and contemporary buildings. She specializes in building enclosure systems and leads SGH’s Flooring, Paint, and Coatings practice area. She has consulted on flooring and building enclosure projects for several area hospitals, laboratories, and nursing facilities and presented on moisture-related problems in hospitals and health care facilities to the Hospital Engineers Society of Greater New York. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, a member of ASTM International Committee F06 on Resilient Flooring and the International Concrete Repair Institute, and a guest lecturer on building enclosure design and commissioning at Roger Williams University and The Cooper Union. 
 

Michael HughesMichael F. Hughes, P.E., S.E.
Senior Staff Member, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Mike Hughes specializes in structural design, investigation, and rehabilitation for new and existing buildings. He collaborates on a diverse range of structures and serves as project manager or engineer for many health care and life science facilities. Mike’s recent projects include the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton renovations, new inpatient building at the University of Vermont Medical Center, North Hampton VA Medical Center Building 1 addition, Maine Medical Center cardiac care unit relocation, and existing building upgrades for biopharmaceutical and genetic medicine companies. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
 

William F.X. KaneWilliam F.X. Kane
Senior Vice President, East Coast Leasing; BioMed Realty
Bill Kane is Senior Vice President, East Coast Leasing, for BioMed Realty, a real estate provider that owns and operates 11 million sq ft of laboratory and office space in the United States and United Kingdom. Prior to joining BioMed Realty, he was responsible for the development of life science projects for the Fallon Company, Davis Marcus Partners, Lyme Properties, and Turner Construction. Bill received a B.S. in civil engineering from Tufts University and an M.S. in information systems/business administration from Boston University. He lives with his wife and four children in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
 

Andrea KerrAndrea S. Kerr, AIA
Facilities Planner, Boston Children’s Hospital
Andrea Kerr is a Facilities Planner at Boston Children’s Hospital, part of a team implementing capital improvements. In 2017, there were more than $72 million of completed projects and over $3 billion in design and construction of ongoing projects. Before taking the leap to the owner side, Andrea was a health care architect with different Boston architecture firms for 20 years, most recently with TRO. As a health care architect, she focused on planning and project management, overseeing all aspects of a project. Most of her career in health care architecture firms was concentrated on complicated, multi-phase renovations and additions. Andrea was the co-chair of the Youth Visions committee of the Boston Society of Architects for more than 10 years, serving as the chair of the KidsBuild! event for the duration of that time. She is currently a board member of the Medway Friends of Performing Arts and previously served as an executive board member. Andrea received her B.Arch. from Roger Williams University.
 

Josh KivelaJoshua B. Kivela, P.E. 
Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Josh Kivela has extensive experience designing, investigating, and rehabilitating historic and contemporary buildings. He is a versatile and creative designer of high-performance building enclosure systems that require integrating complex glazing, wall, roofing, and waterproofing systems. Josh helps clients provide innovative and durable solutions to complex building problems through investigation, assessment, and collaborative design. He has consulted on design and repair projects involving several area hospitals, labs, and medical facilities, including Boston Children’s Hospital. He is an officer of ASTM International Committee D08 (ASTM D08) on Roofing and Waterproofing and received an Award of Appreciation from the committee in 2015. 
 

Jason Lansberry
Senior Project Manager, Suffolk
Jason Lansberry has twenty years of experience in the construction industry, overseeing projects spanning the health care, science and technology, and education markets. Jason’s innovation mindset, creativity, and passion for pushing the boundaries of what is possible have led to his successful management and delivery of signature Suffolk projects, including the thirteen-story, 620,000 sq ft Brigham Building for the Future project at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the state-of-the-art, 512,000 sq ft Albert Sherman Center at UMass Medical School. He is currently working on the 550,000 sq ft Boston Children’s Hospital Hale Family Clinical Building. Jason graduated with a B.S. from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts.
 

Scott LeClairScott E. LeClair, P.E., LEED AP
Principal, Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates
Scott LeClair has more than 20 years of experience in the management and design of infrastructure systems. He has experience as a Mechanical Engineer with the 93rd Civil Engineering Squadron and as an Instructor of Mechanical Engineering Design for the Air Force Institute of Technology. Scott holds a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine, Orono, and is a licensed engineer in eleven states. Scott has been involved in numerous high-profile projects, including multiple projects at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Yale New Haven Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and Maine Medical Center. His dedication to health care engineering and his commitment to achieving client partnerships has helped many health care facilities attain their goals and beyond.
 

Edmund LydonEdmund L. Lydon, MHA, FASHE, CHFM
Director of Support Services, Northeast Hospital Corporation
Edmund Lydon is Director of Support Services for Northeast Hospital Corporation, a member of Lahey Health, responsible for Beverly Hospital, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Bayridge Hospital, and Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers, Massachusetts. He has been working in health care for more than 20 years. Furthermore, he has demonstrated leadership in facilities management of acute care regional medical centers and community-based hospitals offering medical/surgical, orthopedic, pediatric, cardiology, oncology, and behavioral health (adolescent, acute, senior adult, partial hospital) services. Edmund has overall experience in integrated facilities management, real estate, planning, design, construction, safety, security, clinical engineering, housekeeping, food services, and emergency management, and has an understanding of the process of delivering support services for the environment of care. He has also been providing complete CMS and Joint Commission preparedness consulting services to prepare health care organizations across the United States for survey and works to improve the physical environment for care. Edmund has completed more than 150 pre-Joint Commission surveys throughout the United States. Additionally, he completed a number of focus surveys regarding facility equipment management, fire safety, patient ligature/self-harm risk, security, and emergency management. He has provided expert services, performed fifty-three presentations for various organizations, and written articles for the American Society of Healthcare Engineering national journal and the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society. 
 

Travis McCreadyTravis A. McCready
President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
Travis McCready is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a $1 billion public-private partnership with the mission of advancing the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts. He directs and oversees the center’s investment strategy, including the agency’s operations, programs, and partnerships. Previously, Travis served as the Vice President for Programs at The Boston Foundation, directing the foundation’s grants and community investment strategy to benefit the people of Greater Boston. He was the first Executive Director of the Kendall Square Association, responsible for growing the innovation economy of Kendall Square, one of the commonwealth’s most economically robust districts. He has held the COO and CFO positions at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, overseeing the operations and finances for three convention centers in Massachusetts. A native of Brooklyn, Travis began his career as a public-school teacher in the Bronx, New York.

Travis serves on the trustee boards of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Conservation Law Foundation, and WBUR; and the New England Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He served on the Economic Development Planning Council under two governors, including co-chairing the subcommittee on innovation and entrepreneurship. He currently serves on the Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council and the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative. In 2017, he was named one of Boston’s fifty most powerful people by the Boston Business Journal. Travis is a frequent speaker on economic development strategy as it relates to the convergence of private, public, and not-for-profit interests, and his blog, Life Sciences Discourses, has been recognized by The Boston Globe. Travis received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Iowa.
 

Kevin NeumannKevin Neumann, AIA 
Partner, E4H Environments for Health Architecture
Kevin Neumann brings more than 30 years of expertise and strategic vision to hundreds of projects. Kevin maintains long-standing relationships at leading academic medical centers and is committed to continually improving the planning and design process. He has a strong track record of designing high-quality, energy-efficient projects that maximize operational efficiency. Kevin takes a leadership role in E4H, sharing his expertise as a mentor and his passion for integrating Patient-Centered Care and Lean workflow into the creation of sustainable environments for health.
 

Joe O'Farrell 
Managing Director, Capital Projects; Harvard University
Joe O’Farrell is the Managing Director of Harvard Capital Projects (HCP), with responsibility for Harvard University’s campus growth in Allston, Massachusetts. HCP manages the design, construction, and occupancy of the approximately 500,000 sq ft Science and Engineering Complex, a new District Energy Facility, a new ArtLab facility, the renovation of some existing buildings, and a significant Enabling program. Prior to working for HCP, Joe worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and for the city of Boston.
 

Bill Ravanesi
Senior Director, Health Care Green Building & Energy Program; Health Care Without Harm
Bill Ravanesi has served as Senior Director of the Health Care Green Building & Energy Program for Health Care Without Harm since 1997. He is the co-director of the Massachusetts Health Care Climate Alliance, which aims to help improve health care institutions’ climate risk mitigation and management, establish the business case, and educate and engage policy makers to enact health-smart public policy to climate, energy, and infrastructure. Bill is also a co-coordinator of the Health Care Working Group for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. The commission is a group of business, institutional, and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change in coordination with the city’s climate action plan.
 

Tom Sieniewicz, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Partner, NBBJ
Tom Sieniewicz brings thirty years of experience directing a wide range of complex projects for health care, civic, and education clients. He has extensive expertise in all aspects of permitting, design, and construction. Tom is dedicated to advancing sustainability. His work includes crafting energy initiatives and long-term strategies for greening NBBJ’s health care projects, including the Brigham Building for the Future and the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Lunder Building at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Greater Boston Food Bank. He is an architect, certified planner, and licensed construction supervisor through the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards and is actively involved in community affairs in the Boston area, where he currently serves on the Cambridge Planning Board and previously served on the Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeals. He is also president of the Charles River Watershed Association. His community activities are a natural extension of his belief that design can shape, enliven, and enrich the public realm.
 

Casey StevensonCasey R. Stevenson, P.E. 
Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Casey Stevenson’s diverse experience includes designing, investigating, and rehabilitating structures of all types. He specializes in designing for flood loads and floodproofing, rehabilitating existing buildings subject to flooding, and investigating flood-affected structures, including health care and life science facilities. He has conducted many flood vulnerability assessments to help clients understand flood risks and concepts for mitigating flood impacts. Casey has presented to industry audiences and participated on panel discussions related to climate change and sea level rise, and helps lead SGH’s Flood and Climate Change special interest group. He is also a member of ASTM International Committee F16 on Fasteners.
 

Lisa StropeLisa Strope
Vice President, Director of Research, Healthcare and Life Sciences; JLL
Lisa Strope joined JLL in July 2014 and is the Director of Research for Healthcare and Life Sciences. In this role, she directs the overall research program for the two industries and strategically partners with JLL businesses and a wide range of clients to provide true market expertise. She works with JLL’s national research team to track and analyze commercial real estate markets at both the macro- and micro-levels and provides unique insights, comprehensive research products, and customized analysis for corporate tenant, investor, lender, and developer clients. Her team leverages extensive proprietary and external sources of economic, demographic, industry, and real estate data to identify trends, forecast future conditions, and uncover risks and opportunities in the marketplace. Lisa has more than 15 years of real estate experience ranging from development management and acquisitions to private equity investments. In her most recent role at Harvard Business School, she led the research efforts for the business school’s real estate-related academic courses and taught a workshop on the fundamentals of real estate investment analysis. She holds a B.A. in social economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University in New York. 
 

brian twomeyBrian M. Twomey, P.E.
Senior Staff Member, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Brian Twomey has extensive experience as a project engineer for new building design, including a variety of projects involving hospital and education facilities. He served as the design engineer and project manager for the Be Like Brit Orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti. He has also consulted on the structural design of new buildings for the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, and Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the Structural Engineer’s Association of Massachusetts (SEAMass).