On June 28th, 2018, please join AIA Northeast Illinois, AIA Chicago, and COTE for a tour and reception on the deck of the recently completed TRUMPF Smart Factory that was featured on the cover of Architect Magazine, November 2017.  This sophisticated facility combines art and industry in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  The TRUMPF Smart Factory is prominently located along I-90’s “Golden Corridor” against the backdrop of surrounding industrial zones and is a short drive from downtown Chicago.  As Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune architecture critic explains: “Strictly speaking, it’s not a conventional working factory. Instead, it’s an industrial version of a showroom, designed to wow potential clients with Trumpf’s digitally networked machines and what they can make out of sheet metal: home appliances; farm, medical, construction and automotive equipment; even the components of the building itself.”  Designed by Berlin-based Barkow Leibinger Architekten with Itasca-based Heitman Architects as architect of record, you won’t want to miss your chance to stroll among the custom Vierendeel trusses while viewing the machinery below.   

During this event, Karl Heitman and Ben King of Heitman Architects will lead an informative lecture discussing the main building functions and organizational scheme as it relates to showcasing Trumpf’s Manufacturing 4.0.  In addition, you will learn how the Vierendeel showroom trusses were manufactured using Trumpf machine tools.  Finally, you will experience how Building Information Modeling (BIM) and “VR Interface” assisted communications between Heitman Architects and Barkow Leibinger.  After the lecture, take a self-guided building tour where various representatives from Trumpf will be available to answer your questions and enjoy a cocktail and hor d’oeuvre reception.  Drinks will also be available during the social and networking time beginning at 4:30 p.m.  All food and beverage is complimentary when signing up for the program but tips for service staff are encouraged.  Also be sure to thank our event sponsor IMEG Corporation who is the engineer of record for the facility.  Click here to learn more about the TRUMPF Smart Factory.  Participants of this program will receive 1.5 LU/HSW.

Thursday, June 28, 2018
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

TRUMPF Smart Factory
1900 W. Central Rd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192


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