Mitigating Flood Risk in Chicago, the Midwest, and Beyond

Date: February 27, 2019 4:00pm
Location: The Conference Center at One North Wacker
sgh chicago

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Conference Center at One North Wacker
1 N. Upper Wacker Drive, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606  

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Registration & Refreshments
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  Presentation & Discussion
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Cocktail Reception  

We will also hold an morning session for this seminar.

Participants will earn 1.5 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments.


Flooding is the nation’s costliest natural disaster, but – despite the risks – construction continues to increase in flood-prone areas. Local flooding can even place non-waterfront assets at risk. In dense urban locations like Chicago, careful planning and design can help reduce the risk of flood damage and minimize the business interruption caused by flood events. This presentation will help designers, facility managers, and owners understand flood risks and the options available for improving resistance to flood damage and enhancing building and community resilience. We will summarize flood risks for Chicago and beyond, discuss strategies for designing flood damage-resistant structures, and explore various approaches to flood mitigation. 

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Evaluate flood risk at a project site, whether within a mapped floodplain or not.
  • Understand regulatory requirements for new construction and substantial improvements within flood hazard areas.
  • Identify flood mitigation strategies for designing flood-resistant structures.
  • Discuss concepts for retrofitting existing buildings to be more resistant to flood damage.



Matthew R. Gilbertson, P.E., S.E. | Senior Staff II – Structures 
Matt Gilbertson has diverse experience in design, investigation, and rehabilitation of building and non-building structures. He specializes in evaluating flood hazards and designing structures to mitigate flood risk. His projects include new design of buildings subject to flooding, evaluation of existing facilities for flood risk, design of flood mitigation measures, and consultation regarding regulatory requirements for flood. He has helped several clients respond to extreme weather events and prepare for future flooding and sea level rise. Matt is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Gregory R. Doelp, P.E. | Senior Principal
Gregory Doelp specializes in investigating and designing all types of building enclosure systems, including plaza waterproofing, below-grade waterproofing, roofing, and exterior wall systems. He assists owners in evaluating flood mitigation options and incorporating flood protection measures into their exterior building enclosure. His projects have also included analyzing building moisture and leakage problems, as well as repairing and renovating structures. He consults with architects and owners on designing and constructing new building enclosures. Gregory is a Registered Roofing Consultant and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and several honor societies.


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