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December Chapter Meeting


December 05, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Owner + Architect + Contractor + Engineer Discussion Panel

Agenda   5:30pm   Registration and Social Hour
    6:30pm   Dinner, Announcements and Introductions
    8:30pm   YEA Mixer
    9:00pm   Adjourn



Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical, SMACNA National President

Angie has been a leader in the Bay Area construction industry for many years. She is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer and CEO of Western Allied Mechanical where she has worked for 30+ years. 

Angie graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She has been active in Bay Area SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Association) for almost 20 years, serving on the board and as president in 2007. She was on the National SMACNA Board from 2007 – 2011 and on the Executive board from 2016 to present.

In November 2019, Angie became the National SMACNA President, marking the first time the 75-year-old organization of 18,000 contractors in the US and Canada is led by a woman.  She also is co-chair of the SMACNA Women in Construction leadership council and is vice-chair of the New Horizon’s foundation.  Angie was named Contractor of the Year for National SMACNA in 2016, Women of Influence for 2017 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and Member of the Year in 2018 by Cal SMACNA.

Angie has been married to Michael for 28 and has 2 adult sons, Alex and Ben.

Jordan Hicks, Project Architect, Studio Gang

Architect Jordan Hicks is a Project Leader working for the Studio in Chicago. Hailing from western New York, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture with High Distinction from the University of Michigan, where he won the Saarinen-Swanson Writing Prize. Jordan joined Studio Gang in 2013 and has played a key role in residential projects such as MIRA, seeing that project through from Concept Design to Construction Documents.


Outside of the office, Jordan enjoys designing conceptual projects and writing architectural criticism, which can be found in the journals MONU, PLAT, and the Avery Review, among others. He is currently working on a piece about the Cahokia Mounds for inclusion in a forthcoming volume of Midwestern architecture. Jordan was a cofounder of the arts space/experimental music venue Open Lot in St. Louis. In the summer, he can often be found at one of Chicago’s many beaches along Lake Michigan, feeling very, very relaxed.

Alyse Falconer, Associate Principle, Point Energy Innovations

Alyse Falconer, PE, LEED AP BD+C is an Associate Principle at PEI. She also serves on the board of the Golden Gate Chapter of ASHRAE, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She received her Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the 5-year program at Penn State University, University Park. A resident of San Francisco, Alyse says of her professional work, “I am motivated every day to improve people’s lives through the built environment and to be a role model, so that young women can have someone to look up to and say, ‘I can go into engineering, too.’ I strongly believe in giving back through volunteer work.”

John Gregory Williams, Vice President, Harris Design Studio

John recently returned to the Bay Area to lead Harris’s new Design Studio in Oakland, after spending the last 4 years in Mexico City working as the client’s technical representative, working as the senior design and engineering project manager for a team of 15 engineers and architects overseeing the MEP & Utilities, LEED & Sustainability, and BIM for the new airport’s development in Mexico City for Parsons Corporation.  John trained as a mechanical engineer, earning his degree from the University of Manchester, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Licensed Mechanical Professional Engineer in California, USA.  John is a motivated engineering leader and creative problem solver with over twenty years of involvement in the construction industry. With a background in HVAC, environmental and energy analysis working for Arup in London, UK and San Francisco, CA, he has a passion for the built environment and enjoys using his experience and skills in delivering complex, low-energy and high-performance buildings through detailed engineering, coordination and integration, and team project management.  In 2014, he received Consulting-Specifying magazine's 40 under 40 award and in 2015 was PME magazine's Mechanical Engineer of the Year.  John has particular interest in ensuring spaces achieve acceptable thermal comfort conditions and is a voting member for ASHRAE's SSPC 55 committee and was previously the research chair for ASHRAE’s technical committee for radiant systems.


Building construction is a challenging, complicated, satisfying process. Beginning with an idea, it takes a team of skilled artisans to successfully complete a structure which will be inhabited for countless years. In this panel, we will discuss the building delivery process and how owners, architects, engineers and contractors can better work together to improve the project.


$95.00 Chapter member price
$105.00 after 5:00 pm November 28

$105.00 Non-member price
$115.00 after 5:00 pm November 28

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