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Networking Functions

Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends by attending conference functions. Find networking luncheons and social receptions that help you make meaningful, lasting connections.


Women in Tunneling Reception

Sunday, June 16 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Regency C

Join the Women in Tunneling group for an exciting opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and female leaders in the underground construction industry. The reception will offer a platform to network and engage with the diverse female talent in the industry, as well as promoting opportunities for mentorship and professional development. 

Sponsored by McMillen Jacobs Associates, Kenny Construction Co., a Granite Company/GROW, The Robbins Company and HNTB Corp.

Owners Forum

Sunday, June 16 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm | Regency B

This is an unique opportunity for Owners to meet one another, make new contacts, and discuss the current challenges and issues facing all Owners. This informal round-table forum will begin with introductions and dialogue regarding current challenges. The event will conclude with networking and conversation. This is the perfect way to start off RETC 2019 and make new and helpful contacts.

This forum is limited to Owners only. If you plan to attend RETC and are interested in this event, please RSVP to Tara Davis, by June 10, 2019


UCA Young Members Scholarship Orientation

Sunday, June 16 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Acapulco


RETC Scholarship Recipients Breakfast

Monday, June 17 | 7:00 am - 8:30 am | Regency D

For the RETC Committee and their Scholarship Recipients.


Welcoming Luncheon*

Monday, June 17 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Crystal A–C | $60

Andy Alder, Program Director for Tideway, as part of the Jacobs Program Management Team

Andy joined the Tideway Project in 2015 from Cross rail where he was Chief Tunnel Engineer during the detailed design phase, managed procurement of a number of the tunneling contracts, and was Project Manager for construction of all tunneling work in the west area of Crossrail.

Andy has previously been responsible for the design of the London Underground Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade, and Docklands Light Rail Extensions to London City Airport and Woolwich. Other projects that Andy has worked on include the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the Jubilee Line Extension and projects In Ireland, Egypt and Malaysia.

Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a Member of the Association for Project Management.

Sponsored by J.F. Shea Construction

Exhibit Hall Hosted Reception

Monday, June 17 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Riverside West Center

Kick off the conference with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres for the grand opening of the exhibit hall. With more than 180 exhibitors, this reception is a great time to explore the new products and integrative solutions offered by our exhibitors.


UCA of SME Young Members Reception

Monday, June 17 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Beacon Tavern, 405 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Connect with other young professionals during the UCA Young Members Networking Event on Monday, June 17th at the Beacon Tavern from 8:00 pm. to 10:30 pm. No ticket necessary; must be a registered attendee of the Rapid Excavation & Tunneling Conference and be under 35 years of age to attend. Come meet your next intern, mentor or client! Additionally, the UCA Young Member Executive Committee is looking to involve ambitious and enthusiastic young professionals to be an active part of the group. We look forward to a fantastic turn out in Chicago. See you there!

Sponsored by SAK Construction and BASF

UCA of SME Breakfast*

Tuesday, June 18 | 7:00 am - 8:30 am | Regency D | $45

Join us for a networking event that includes updates in UCA recent scholarships and ITA.


Luncheon in Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, June 18 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Riverside West Center

Take some time to eat and connect with our exhibitors as lunch is served on the exhibit hall floor before the technical program begins at 1:30 pm.

Sponsored by Stantec

Exhibit Hall Hosted Reception

Tuesday, June 18 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Riverside West Center

Another great opportunity to explore the new products and integrative solutions offered by more than 180 exhibitors.


RETC Banquet Reception and Banquet*

Tuesday, June 18 | 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm | Regency Foyer, Regency CD | $100

Bill Herz, Corporate Magician, Together, We’re Magic

Bring the conference to a close with an exciting evening of comradery and live entertainment with Bill Herz’s spectacular performance of Together, We’re Magic. Be delighted by Bill’s special brand of magic, as he always integrates audience participation, humor and his unforgettable wizardry to ensure a special event that's truly special.

At an age when most kids were reading comic books, Bill Herz was learning to shuffle a deck of cards with one hand. Today he is regarded as one of the most entertaining corporate magicians in the world.

Bill currently performs at over 200 corporate events each year and also teaches executives their own meeting magic. Bill's unique mix of comedy and magic has been applauded at corporate functions throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, China, India, and Thailand. He is a two-time winner of the International Magical Performers Award. As a theatrical consultant, Bill designs and creates special effects for Broadway shows, major motion pictures, and television commercials; as well as industrial and training videos. He is the author of Secrets of the Astonishing Executive, published by Avon Books.

Reception sponsored by Schiavone Construction Co., LLC

*Event requires additional ticket for entry. Multiple tickets for each event may be purchased.


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What Attendees Say

Over four decades of conferences, RETC provides both the experienced tunneling professional and the individual just starting in the business the opportunity to stay connected while integrating new ideas and innovations into contracting, design, and construction.

Bill Mariucci
Team Leader, Kiewit infrastructure Co.
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