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Infrastructure Management through Collaborative Public and Private Partnerships
Peoples Gas, Chicago DOT, and Collins' Project Coordination Office closely collaborate with all stakeholders operating in Chicago’s right-of-way in order to achieve cost savings and improved mobility throughout the city. This presentation will discuss the magnitude of the Peoples Gas System Modernization Program and Chicago's Capital Program, both of which are major drivers of infrastructure coordination throughout the city. These programs prove the importance of implementing aligned and transparent processes across public and private organizations, as well as the critical role of technology in an effective project coordination process.

Sep 14, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Annie-Beryl Akuamoah
Manager of City and Customer Coordination @Peoples Gas
Annie-Beryl Akuamoah is the Manager of City and Customer Coordination at Peoples Gas in Chicago. Annie and her team work closely with the City of Chicago to support the safety and modernization program (SMP). The team ensures timely coordination on project conflicts with other utilities and service providers and facilitates the acquisition of permits to support construction and operations project execution for Peoples Gas and their contractors. She works closely with external stakeholders including CDOT, IDOT, and PCO to develop and maintain a partnership to ensure safety and modernization. Annie joined Peoples Gas in 2006 as an Associate Engineer. She has held various roles in engineering design, field operations, and leadership over her 15 years with the company. Annie attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering. Annie is married and has 3 children.
Kelly Samara
Program Manager @Collins Engineers, Inc., CDOT Project Coordination Office (PCO)
Kelly Samara is a professional engineer with over 5 years of experience in civil site engineering, utility coordination, specializing in project delivery and infrastructure management. She currently serves as the program manager for the CDOT Project Coordination Office (PCO), whose mission is to relieve the burden on the residents of Chicago by creating an environment where stakeholders performing public and private construction can do so collaboratively, openly, efficiently, safely, and with minimal disruption to the public.
Karol Rybaltowski
Deputy Program Manager @Collins Engineers, Inc., CDOT Project Coordination Office (PCO)
Karol Rybaltowski is an engineer with over 9 years of experience in inspection, civil design, utility coordination, project management with a focus in project delivery and permitting. He currently serves as deputy program manager for the CDOT Project Coordination Office (PCO), whose mission is to relieve the burden on the residents of Chicago by creating an environment where stakeholders performing public and private construction can do so collaboratively, openly, efficiently, safely, and with minimal disruption to the public.
Jon Czarnecki
Director of Engineering @Peoples Gas
Jon Czarnecki is currently the Director of Engineering at Peoples Gas in Chicago. In that leadership position, he plays a key role in the Peoples Gas Safety Modernization Program (SMP), combining a strong engineering foundation with the ability to develop process improvements to drive effective coordination and efficient design. Jon joined the Peoples Gas leadership team in late 2015 as Director—Project Management Controls for SMP. He substantially matured those functions and was the point person for managing regulatory reviews and audits of SMP. Czarnecki earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed the Executive Masters of Business Administration program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.