Apr 09 2014
Over 120 attendees gathered at the NYIT deSeversky Center on March 31th for the sold out "Regional Post Sandy Recovery Working Group Workshop". The event was co-organized by the New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design, the AIANY, the AIANY design for risk and reconstruction committee, AIA New York State, and AIA New Jersey. Participants shared experience and case studies of recovery efforts across the region, highlighted best practices, compared changes to building codes and updates to state and federal procedures. NYIT School of Architecture and Design Associate Dean Frank and AIA Design for Risk and Recovery co-chair Illya Azaroff opened the session with remarks on the importance of sharing resilience and recovery intelligence across geographic boundaries. Three AIA Presidents, Ray Beeler, AIA(AIANYS), Kurt Kalafsky, AIA (AIANJ), Lance Jay Brown, FAIA(AIANY), and Henk Ovink Principal of 'Rebuild by Design' (Senior Advisor to Secretary Donovan, HUDSandy Task Force) gave overview presentations reinforcing the importance of the ongoing regional work.
The regional presentations were grouped into two panels. The first panel focused on reports from New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Architecture for Humanity. Presenters included: Donald Watson FAIA CPR (Community Planning for Resilience Bridgeport CT), Jack Purvis AIA (AIANJ), Brian Baer RA (AFH Regional Program Coordinator), Greg Spiess AIA (AIA Rhode Island), and Ronald Peister AIA (Director, Division of Building Standards and Codes NYS Department of State). The session was moderated by Lance brown FAIA and the session respondent was Maxinne Leighton (DfRR). The second session focused on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Long Island. Presenters included: Gita Nandan RA (RAMP and Redhook, Brooklyn), Tim Boyland AIA and David Businelli AIA, AIA (SImagines), Martin Hero AIA (Long Island recovery along the shore), and Dan Horn (NYIT alum and co-founder of Operation Resilient Long Island). The session moderator was Ray Beeler AIA (AIANYS president) and the session respondent was James S. Russell FAIA.
The keynote was delivered by Colonel Paul E. Owen (U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, New York District Commander and District Engineer) who presented the ongoing mitigation plans for the New York metropolitan region.
The session concluded with a workshop led by Thaddeus Pawlowski and members of City of New York, Department of City Planning. All attendees and about 30 NYIT School of Architecture and Design students worked on developing a range of the flood protection challenges facing the region’s various building types. This workshop will help inform the region’s on-going effort to catalogue best practices in flood protection for the NYC Hazard Mitigation Plan.