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CEF Presents Inaugural Engineering Spotlight Virtual Learning Event

On November 18, 2020, Chicago Engineers’ Foundation (CEF) presented the first Engineering Spotlight virtual learning event, titled Healthy Building Design, Construction, and Operation During COVID-19.  These new events are an opportunity for small-group discussion and interactive presentations facilitated by industry experts.

The speakers for this event included Holly Borrego (The Service Companies), Stacy Economy (Clark Construction) and Emily Bateman (Perkins & Will).  Students, engineering professionals, and community members gathered to learn about these important topics with first-hand insights from professionals working to keep commercial spaces, building sites, and medical facilities safe and functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dates and topics for upcoming Engineering Spotlight events will be announced soon.  

Proceeds benefit Chicago Engineers’ Foundation student programs.  


• Design of new facilities, post-pandemic
• Redesign of existing facilities for transmission reduction
• Fast-track execution during a pandemic
• Planning and construction during and after pandemics
• Electrostatic disinfection and NanoSeptic technologies
• Reopening and ongoing high touch cleaning


Holly Borrego, RBSM
Senior Vice President of Operations | The Services Companies

Professional Expertise
Holly is a subject matter expert in disinfection, writing cleaning protocol for airports, major league sports, hospitality, casinos and the commercial cleaning environment during COVID 19, Ebola, and H1N1. She has more than 30 years of experience in the building service industry. Holly received her Bachelors degree from Baker University and with nationally recognized relevant certifications. She is a Certified Microbial Specialist and Registered Building Service Manager.

Stacy Economy
Project Manager | Clark Construction – Chicago

Professional Expertise
As a former architect turned general contractor, Stacy’s breadth of experience in design, construction, and sustainability provides an all-encompassing perspective, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her knowledge allows her to work with her team to maximize building health and performance while enforcing safe work practices. At Clark, she also manages various sustainability certifications for her projects, including design/build of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems as well as custom facades. She is the regional representative for Clark’s national Sustainability Steering Committee, delivering some of Clark’s most sophisticated green building systems currently in production. She is a Fitwel Ambassador, LEED certified, Green Advantage Certified Practitioner, and Congress for the New Urbanism-Accredited.

Emily Bateman AIA, ACHA
Associate | Perkins & Will

Professional Expertise
Emily is an Associate with Perkins & Will, a global architecture and design firm. Her experience designing urgent care facilities on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic gives her a unique point of view. As a Project Manager at Emily leads health projects ranging from local community advancements, to large-scale, international campuses. She recently completed US-Army Corps of Engineers led emergency response design work on the MetroSouth COVID-19 Alternate Care Facility in Blue Island. Emily is passionate about using her skill set to continuously create healing environments that improve the lives of patients and building users.