8:00 am Chairs Opening Remarks

Exploring The Future of Warehouse & Distribution Centers

8:15 am Panel: Revealing Owners Visions & Market Trends to Meet Project Expectations

  • Tim Stoeckel Senior Director - Midwest Industrial Project Management, CBRE


  • Evaluating the evolution of warehouse and distribution center design in recent years and the trends driving these changes
  • Discussing how consumer trends are changing and impacting owners requirements for their facilities
  • Exploring how these changes will influence what owners need from their supply chain

9:00 am Exploring Alternative Site Selection Methods to Overcome Challenges Faced by Land Scarcity

  • Morgan Hawker Senior Industrial Project Manager, Luckett & Farley


  • Understanding the scale of the current land scarcity problem and its impact on the future of greenfield projects vs retrofitting existing facilities
  • Knowing what site selection methods will be appropriate for different purposes and what needs to be considered when navigating this new space
  • Exploring how land availability is shaping future trends in the design of facilities and construction means and methods

9:40 am Vertical Conveyance and its impact in tomorrow’s Warehouse Design


Ryson International is the American Leader in Vertical Conveying Solutions. With over 26 years of Spiral Conveyor experience across many industries, we apply it to tomorrow’s warehouse. – Our solutions offer advantages with reliability, performance, flexibility, space savings and total cost of ownership.

9:50 am
Morning Refreshments & Speed Networking

10:30 am Case Study Comparison: Implementing Pre-Planning Technologies in Land Acquisition to Remain On Time & On Budget for Clients


  • Evaluating the technologies and pre-planning methods that can be used when
    narrowing down available sites for clients
  • Discussing how these methods can be effectively implemented early on in projects to condense overall project timelines
  • Exploring the wider impact these approaches have had on improving land selection and acquisition, client relationships, and what more needs to be done to enhance final project outcomes

Optimizing the Design Process

11:10 am Overcoming Regulatory Issues & Permit Delays to Streamline the Design Process


  • Understanding the requirements and restrictions of your AHJ prior to design to ensure these standards are incorporated from day one
  • Working with construction managers and contractors to strengthen relations with local city and building officials
  • Addressing how permitting timelines have changed and how teams are finding ways to combat project delays due to long waits

11:50 am Improving Early-Stage Communication Between Owners & Contractors to Ensure Full Alignment on Facility Spec


  • Identifying the common downfalls caused by lack of communication and client commitment to design decisions up-front
  • Ensuring productive conversations are had early in the project to confront the tension between quality and cost, and ensure clients have full clarity over what they are getting
  • What plans can we put in place for better communication approaches to be used in individual projects?

12:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm Audience Discussion: Leveraging Design Automation to Improve Speed & Accuracy


  • Discussing the areas of design that could most effectively be automated and the tools available to support this
  • Mapping how designers have begun to automate design processes, and the challenges and benefits that have been realized
  • How can automation be utilized even further to improve speed and accuracy of designs in the coming years?

2:10 pm Panel: Enhancing Collaboration Between Designers & Contractors to Minimize Constructability Issues

  • Josh Rohs VP Food & Beverage, CSM Group
  • Nick Beuke Director of Industrial Construction, Joeris Construction


  • Exploring the common hurdles in uniting designers and contractors earlier in design and the subsequent constructability issues caused
  • Building more robust lines of communication between engineers and contractors to ensure constructability is considered as a priority despite tight schedules
  • Establishing a system to share files and effectively document design development to reduce rework, inefficiencies, and maximize transparency at every stage of the process

2:40 pm
Afternoon Refreshments

3:10 pm Case Study: Transforming Existing Facilities to Build High Quality Facilities on a Tighter Budget


  • Working with end users to map process flow through the existing space to inform spatial re-design of the space
  • Setting up initial site scanning to evaluate existing conditions and feed knowledge into BIM platforms to form the basis of design and coordination
  • Sharing lessons learned from the project and how these will be used by all partners to improve future retrofitting of existing facilities

3:50 pm Audience Discussion: Discussing How Clients Are Building More Sustainable Facilities to Reduce Carbon Footprint & Offset Costs


  • Exploring different materials that are available and being adopted by market leaders to improve sustainability of facilities
  • What are the difficulties faced in implementing sustainable options and how can sustainable designs remain cost-efficient?
  • Evaluating how contractors can also change their approach to support the overall sustainability of projects and upskill field workers to effectively install more sustainable materials

4:30 pm Chairs Closing Remarks

4:40 pm End of Day One