Designing for Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay Area

Date: February 15, 2018 5:30pm
Location: SGH San Francisco

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
100 Pine Street, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94111

5:30 - 6:00PM Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00PM Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30PM Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 100 guests to register.


Development in coastal, waterfront, and other flood-prone areas continues to increase as cities and coastal regions expand, leaving more assets at risk to natural disasters. In dense urban locations, like those surrounding the San Francisco Bay, careful planning and design is needed to improve building and community resilience. With flooding as the nation’s costliest natural disaster, it is important for facility owners, managers, and designers to understand flood risks and possible mitigation options. In this presentation, we will present on the flood and sea level rise risks for the greater Bay Area and discuss strategies for designing flood-resistant structures.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand how climate change and sea level rise affect coastal cities and waterfront developments. 
  • Identify what areas and building types within the San Francisco Bay Area are most at risk.
  • Recognize strategies for designing flood-resistant structures.
  • Discuss recent examples of floodproofing design.


Craig W. Allender, P.E. | Senior Project Manager 
Craig Allender is experienced in the investigation and design of major commercial, institutional, and residential buildings to address waterproofing issues on roofs, exterior walls, windows, plaza areas, and below-grade spaces. He has consulted on several near-shore Bay Area commercial projects and provided a summary of risks and recommendations regarding sea level rise and flood-resistant waterproofing design strategies. Craig has consulted with architects, contractors, and building owners to analyze and repair water intrusion problems and to design to prevent water intrusion problems in new construction. 
William M. Bruin, P.E. | Senior Principal 
William (Bill) Bruin has extensive marine, civil, and structural engineering experience applied over a variety of maritime and waterfront projects. His career has focused on risk identification, hazard mitigation, and design of waterfront structures subjected to extreme events such as flood, wave, and tsunami. Bill’s responsibilities have included on-site reviews, condition assessments, analytical evaluations, risk and loss estimations, conceptual upgrade and mitigation designs, new design, permitting consultation, and on-site supervision of design installations for a wide variety of offshore, near-shore, and waterfront structures and facilities. 


  • Owners
  • Facilities Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Attorneys