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Session Details

Beyond Death, Dollars and Downtime: Exploring Functional Recovery for BC

29 September 2020

Webinar Format
Dialogue Session

Short Presentations, Extended Q & A



Hear from a panel of practitioners, local and US-based, how they are thinking about and implementing performance-based approaches to enhancing resilience in the built environment and how this influences recovery trajectories. This session is hosted in collaboration with the local chapter of EERI (EERI-BC), featuring this year’s distinguished lecturer, David Bonowitz.

The dialogue will be grounded in practical examples from our local context (e.g. rezoning for St. Paul's redevelopment, Strathcona School, UBC resilience planning) but also include global examples (e.g. 181 Fremont in San Francisco, ARUP guidelines).

This session should appeal to anyone who has an interest in building resilience in Southwest BC: engineers, architects, planners, developers, builders, code officials, etc.

Discussion Questions

  • How do we best integrate multihazard risk considerations into the same buildings/ development projects? What are the successful examples of doing this and potential challenges that were overcome? 

  • Have you learned any lessons from working with/applying the LEED resilience pilot credits? 

  • How do we both take advantage of site specific opportunities (e.g. 181 Fremont and St. Paul’s) but also take a more holistic, neighborhood and regional scale approach with regards to implementing performance-based standards that support functional recovery? 



  • Moderated by: Micah Hilt (City of Vancouver, Lead Seismic Policy Planner)

  • David Bonowitz (EERI distinguished lecturer for 2020, and leading structural engineer practicing in San Francisco)

  • ​Angie Woo (Climate Resilience and Adaptation Lead, Fraser Health Authority)

  • John Sherstobitoff (Principal- Seismic & Structures at Ausenco, Chair of NBCC Standing Committee on Earthquake Design and Founding President of EERI-BC)

  • Ibbi Almufti (Associate Principal/Risk and resilience Leader, ARUP)

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