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Bracing for Impact - Resilience Strategies for Coastal Communities and Working Waterfronts throughout Northern New England

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    1 LU AIA CE credits available

This is a sponsored event by SMPS Northern New England.

Urgent issues related to coastal infrastructure and building design along working waterfronts are of particular interest to the AEC industry. Our panelists will discuss what today's AEC companies are doing to support infrastructure and their clients, including digital solutions for proactive planning, building materials and best practices . The discussion will also cover what makes a valuable Design Team collaboration with the city, how firms can prepare to manage and lead this work for coastal resiliency in their regions, and the value of the design process for developers. Additionally, the discussion will focus on challenges that firms face when renovating or adapting historic structures in preparation for rising sea levels, and how firms can use marketing strategies to recognize vulnerabilities and outline adaptation strategies through storytelling.

This is a great opportunity for AEC professionals to learn about the latest trends and solutions related to coastal infrastructure and building design, as well as network with other industry experts. It is also a rare event in that panelist Carole Wedge, former President and CEO at Shepley Bulfinch, just recently retired after almost 40 years and will be sharing her time and deep knowledge on this subject with us all.

Our esteemed panelists include:
Carole Wedge FAIA, LEED AP
, Principal - Shepley Bulfinch
William (Bill) Needleman
, Waterfront Coordinator - City of Portland, Maine
Nicole Holmes, PE, LEED AP BD+C
, Senior Project Manager - Nitsch Engineering
Matt Pitzer AIA, LEED AP BD+C
, Senior Project Manager - Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Mike Swenson, CCP, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate, Commissioning and Sustainable Design - BR+A Consulting Engineers


  • 2:45 PM - Doors open - arrival, registration
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM - Virtual Panel - Announcements from the SMPS Chapter Leadership, introductions to speakers and panel discussion with Q&A
  • 4:15 - 6:00 PM - refreshments + networking