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Presenter: Christopher E. Chwedyk, AIA, CSI, Director and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Rosemont, IL

Hyatt Place Chicago/O’Hare Airport
6810 Mannheim Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 224-563-1800

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):      11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:          12:45 - 4:30 pm

Chicago Building Code, Part 1

   History and application of code
   Administration and enforcement
   Existing buildings / property maintenance / inspection
   Committee on Building Standards and Tests
   Boards of Appeals: Building, Zoning

Chicago Building Code, Part 2

   Building classification and occupancy:
      - Residential and business units
      - Condominiums, high-rise buildings, institutional units
      - Assembly units, mercantile, industrial and miscellaneous units
   Types of construction
   Fire and smoke protection
   Minimum design loads
      - Foundations, concrete, masonry, wood and steel construction
   Light and ventilation
   Existing buildings and rehabilitation code

Chicago Building Permits

   Plan review processes:
   EPP, Self-Certification, Standard Plan Review (SPR), Direct Developer Services (DDS)
      - Types of projects that require permit
      - Projects for which permit not required

Applying for Chicago Building Permits

   Applying online / electronic plan review
   Completing the building permit application
   Plats of survey and site plans
   Construction plans

Obtaining Building Permits

   Zoning reviews
      - Landmarks       - Landscape       - Driveways       - Grants of Privilege
   Geotechnical, OUC and structural reviews
   Architectural/fire prevention review
   MOPD / AccessibilityMEP reviews
   Energy, environmental and miscellaneous reviews
   Permit approval and compliance
   Completion of work and inspection

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

International Code Council
     .65 CEUs (Building)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to Illinois professional engineers and 6.5 HSW contact hours to Illinois architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Illinois.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states should refer to specific state rules to determine the eligibility of this subject matter.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Building.

This seminar also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing board for continuing education approval.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Christopher E. Chwedyk, AIA, CSI, Director

The Code Group, Burnham Nationwide, Inc., in Chicago
Mr. Chwedyk is a licensed architect and chief code consultant and director of the licensed architectural subsidiary of Burnham that he assisted in founding in 2001. He was previously the principal of the Chicago office of a firm that specialized in life safety and fire protection engineering, and he has been a member of such prestigious architectural firms as Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Bertrand Goldberg Associates and Jack Train Associates. With over 40 years of experience in the profession, Mr. Chwedyk has concentrated on the technical requirements of building design and has managed the production of code-compliant construction documents for a wide variety of project types. Over the past two decades he has performed numerous code compliance plan reviews for the City of Chicago and other municipalities. He is also a certified building plans examiner through the International Code Council (ICC) and currently serves on the International Fire Code Action Committee. Mr. Chwedyk’s professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and he is the 2018 chair of the National AIA Codes and Standards Committee.

Chris Downes, Managing Director

Burnham Nationwide, Inc., in Chicago
As the recognized name in facilitating permits and providing code consulting in the City of Chicago since 1992, Mr. Downes has been involved with many of the iconic buildings that make up the Chicago skyline, including most recently Hilton Chicago and Aloft Chicago Magnificent Mile. Mr. Downes leads Burnham’s company-wide project management and code divisions and interfaces with project executives to assure project success. He applies expertise in large-scale development projects requiring coordination of diverse teams and multiple city agencies, and he leverages 18 years of experience managing thousands of permits and approvals to develop comprehensive plans to achieve project goals. Mr. Downes also advises on strategy for permit expediting and code compliance for diverse projects, including new high-rises and hotels, tenant improvements, large assembly venues, historic landmarks, and unique new construction and remodel projects.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.