Waterfront Design Solutions for Urban Resilience

Date: October 23, 2019 7:30am
Location: SGH Chicago
Speaker(s): William Bruin
sgh chicago

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 3800 
Chicago, IL 60603

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Presentation & Discussion
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast Reception

We will also hold an evening session for this seminar.

aiaParticipants 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.



Located in harsh marine environments, coastal and waterfront developments require special considerations to ensure resilience over the project’s design life. Material selection, siting considerations, protective coatings, waterproofing detailing, and drainage are all important considerations requiring the design team’s attention for these unique projects. The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s new ferry terminal expansion project in downtown San Francisco is a great example of a successful design for an urban waterfront location like Chicago. In this presentation, we will discuss the project’s design and explore lessons learned relevant to the Chicago area. We will also highlight innovative features employed by the program team in structural material selection, waterproofing strategies, drainage considerations, and climate change planning.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand key issues impacting the resiliency of coastal and waterfront developments.
  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of common structural materials employed in marine environments and implications on permitting and project installation.
  • Understand how flooding and climate change affect waterfront development design. 
  • Discuss examples of floodproofing mitigation strategies.


bill bruinWilliam M. Bruin, P.E., D.PE | Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
William Bruin has extensive experience in risk consulting, structural engineering, and project management applied over a variety of industrial, offshore, and marine projects. His career has focused on condition assessment, response evaluation, risk identification, hazard mitigation, due-diligence assessment, and design for a wide variety of marine and waterfront structures. His responsibilities have included on-site reviews, condition assessments, analytical evaluations, risk and loss estimations, conceptual upgrade and mitigation designs, construction document development, permitting support, as well as on-site supervision of design installations for onshore, near-shore, and offshore structures and facilities. 


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