Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CCHRB 2015 Spring Seminar:
“People Movement in High Rise Buildings”

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Time: 7:15 am - 12:30 pm, event starts at 8:00 am
Location: Harris Bank Building, 3rd Floor
115 South LaSalle Street, Chicago
Organizer: CCHRB:  Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings
Details: Join CCHRB for their Spring Seminar on “People Movement in High Rise Buildings.”

High-Rise Buildings would not exist without the modern elevator. The introduction of the traction elevator in the early years of the 20th Century allowed for the rapid rise of building heights, and removing the limitations of having to physically climb a building using stairs (or less efficient types of vertical transportation), reversed the economics of property development by making the higher floors in a building, the more sought-after and expensive properties.

These economics have meant that elevators and escalators have had to continually make technological advances in speed and efficiency to serve the ever increasing building heights that architects, engineers and their clients are building.

But are there limitations to how high we can build? Are there issues to how fast and tall we can build elevators? By increasing the size and speed of Vertical Transportation, do our building cores create inefficient and unbuildable structures?

The Chicago Committee on High-Rise Building’s (CCHRB) 2015 Half-Day Seminar, will address many of these issues by looking at the latest technologies available for Vertical Transit, how existing buildings can modernize their systems, and the technical limitations and engineering and architectural options for overcoming those limitations in our ever increasingly tall buildings.

A continental breakfast will be served before the event.

Featured Speakers:
  • ​Jay Popp, Executive Vice President, Lerch Bates, Inc.
  • ​Eric Rupe, Vice President, Lerch Bates, Inc
  • Duncan Phillips, Principal, RWDI
  • Trevor Haskett, Technical Director, Motioneering
Cost: $125 Members of CCHRB, CTBUH, or of another co-sponsoring organization
$150 Non-Members
(includes continental breakfast)
Registration: Online registration is available here.
Contact: For additional questions please contact Mr. Robert Grupe, CSI by phone at 312-371-7897 or by email at or contact Mr. Matthew Kuhl, AIA at
Website: Visit CCHRB Spring Seminar website here.