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Building Enclosure Council: Retrofitting Coastal Building to Meet Today's Floodproofing Demand

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    Free for BSA members, $10 General admission. Learn more about membership options here.

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    1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits available

With increasing climate change concerns, storm resiliency is at the forefront of the built environment. These concerns are particularly prevalent in coastal regions as rising sea levels and increased storm severity have proven to cause catastrophic damages. In recent history, major US coastal cities have suffered from increasingly demanding storms including New York City (Superstorm Sandy) and Houston (Hurricane Harvey). Puerto Rico and Haiti have had similar ill-fated experiences. While designers of new structures in coastal regions consider building demands imposed by major storm events, and are often required by governing codes to do so, existing buildings commonly must elect to take preventative measures and often chose to do so after experiencing storm/flood related losses.
This presentation will provide architects, engineers, and design consultants with an overview of various floodproofing design considerations and implementation strategies that can be used to retrofit existing buildings. The presenter will outline established industry floodproofing standards and discuss what is needed to be enhance and address real world project specific conditions through case study examples. Various systems and assemblies for “wet” and “dry” floodproofing will be technically reviewed to understand the advantages and disadvantages of these different design approaches.

Kenrick J. Hartman, PE, RBEC, LEED AP
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, New York, New York
Kenrick J. Hartman specializes in the evaluation and repair of building envelope systems. He has experience with a variety of materials including terra cotta, brick, concrete, steel, glass, and various roofing and waterproofing products. Mr. Hartman performs field testing, moisture infiltration investigations, building envelope evaluations, and repair design for modern and historic structures.

Douglas R. Stieve, RA, RRC, GRP
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, New York, New York
Douglas Stieve specializes in diagnosis and repair design for building envelope failures in contemporary and historical buildings. Since joining WJE in 1991, Stieve has provided professional services for over 600 buildings throughout the northeast United States. He has experience with many types of materials, including brick, concrete, masonry, natural stone, and exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS). Stieve has managed design and construction services for several multimillion dollar repair and rehabilitation projects and provided consulting services for new buildings.