Maximizing Future Building Value by Increasing Durability, Improving Recovery Potential, and Reducing Maintenance Costs

Date: September 20, 2018 5:00pm
Location: AIA San Francisco, Hallidie Building

Thursday, September 20, 2018

AIA San Francisco, Hallidie Building
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
Directions: AIA SF is located in downtown San Francisco and is easily accessed by public transportation. Click here for directions. Attendees should enter through the lobby and take elevator to the sixth floor. 

5:00–5:30 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
5:30–6:30 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
6:30–7:00 p.m. 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.


Whether designing a new project or flipping an existing building, there are steps developers, owners, and architects can take to design building enclosures and structural systems that withstand the test of time. Vernacular architecture offers lessons about how to configure building walls and roofs to reduce energy consumption and withstand rain, wind, and snow. Investigating existing buildings shows which materials and systems are most durable. For structural systems, a performance-based design (PBD) approach can improve anticipated structural performance above code minimums, helping owners quickly recover from natural hazards and associated disasters. PBD empowers owners to select a better building at the outset, minimizing construction costs for the life of the building. In this presentation, we will discuss how focusing on recovery in a resilience context can also encourage building design that can accommodate changes in use and provide flexibility for the long term without significant future investment.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Learn concepts of durability and what makes a building maintainable. 
  • Recognize inherently durable materials and systems and identify “red flags” for materials that may not be durable.
  • Recognize the advantages of performance-based design compared to prescriptive code-based design.
  • Understand resilience in context with earthquakes and functional recovery.


Kevin S. Moore, S.E., C.E., P.E., SECB | Senior Principal 
Kevin Moore has extensive experience designing, evaluating, analyzing, constructing, researching, repairing, and investigating health care, commercial, institutional, and residential facilities. He is nationally recognized in the field of seismic performance engineering with experience in California health care facility development, specializing in the seismic evaluation, design, and construction of general acute care hospital buildings. Kevin is also a recognized expert in structural steel design and construction, with unique experience working with special steel moment frames and buckling restrained braced frames. He is chair of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) Seismic Subcommittee to the Code Advisory Committee and the Structural Engineers Association of California Structural Standards Committee and also a director for the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. Kevin is head of SGH’s Structural Engineering division in San Francisco.
Carolyn L. Searls, P.E., LEED AP BD+C | Senior Principal 
Carolyn Searls has extensive experience investigating, designing, and administering construction contracts for building enclosure repairs on both historic and contemporary structures throughout the United States. In her career, she has investigated more than 1,000 buildings and structures, including many property condition assessments. Carolyn has been recognized as an expert in the field of preservation of masonry and concrete on historic buildings, in addition to her work in cladding and waterproofing systems for contemporary buildings. Carolyn is head of SGH’s Building Technology division in San Francisco. 


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