Hazard Mitigation for Extreme Events

Date: November 14, 2017 5:30pm
Location: SGH New York
Speaker(s): Dimitri Papagiannakis Corey Wowk

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

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

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
550 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY  10018

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance.
Attendance is free and open to all; please share this invitation with colleagues.



The combination of vulnerable existing buildings and recent environmental events – including the Virginia earthquake in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 – has brought discussions of resistance to extreme events to the forefront of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) field in New York City. Most building professionals are familiar with how to design for traditional building performance issues, such as wind and gravity loads, water penetration resistance, and general durability. However, recent events have brought to light the hazards associated with more extreme loads, such as storm surge–induced flooding, windborne debris, and earthquakes, as well as non-natural disasters, including intentional acts against the occupants of buildings. This seminar will examine the risks associated with these more extreme hazards and events, and present practical design guidance for evaluating risks and selecting appropriate mitigation strategies. 

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the various hazards that may impact both new and existing buildings.
  • Understand the vulnerabilities of existing buildings, and how they differ from those of more modern buildings constructed to meet newer codes. 
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of mitigation strategies for a variety of hazards. 
  • Identify the most practical and economic hazard mitigation strategies for your specific project.


  Dimitri Papagiannakis, P.E. | Senior Project Manager – Structures 
Dimitri Papagiannakis joined SGH in 2011 with nearly ten years of structural engineering experience. His work includes the design of new building structures, as well as renovations, alterations, repairs, and investigations of existing building structures. He also has previous civil engineering experience designing major and minor subdivisions. 
  Corey C. Wowk, AIA, LEED AP | Senior Staff II – Building Technology
Corey Wowk has more than twelve years of experience in the AEC industry, designing, investigating, and rehabilitating curtain walls, windows, roofing, brick and stone veneer, and below-grade waterproofing. He has worked on both small- and large-scale projects, including residential and commercial buildings, mixed-use high-rise facilities, and institutional projects.