The Value of Resilience

The Value of Resilience

Climate-related risk is becoming more apparent in various ways, including its impact on the built environment. While there may be different responses to this risk, societies will continue designing new construction projects and retrofitting existing buildings in locations that are vulnerable to climate-induced stressors. As a result, there have been several studies on the value of investment resulting from designing and constructing buildings with added resilience features. In this webinar, we will discuss the meaning of resilience for the built environment and explore this research. We will also focus on the Commonwealth Pier building project in Boston’s Seaport District, which was originally built in the 1920s and is currently undergoing renovations that incorporate resiliency measures. This case study will provide a tangible example of a building in which relevant stakeholders decided to enhance its resiliency as a result of evaluating climate projections and proactively addressing future building vulnerabilities to anticipated hazards such as sea level rise and flooding, which are common to many existing buildings in coastal cities.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the meaning of resilience for the built environment.
  • Identify relevant climate-induced stressors for buildings.
  • Recognize the value of adding resilience features into industry projects.
  • Discuss the various components of resilience.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register.

About the Speaker

Ricardo Medina
Ricardo Medina | Project Director

Ricardo A. Medina is an expert in the field of structural mechanics who assists clients with issues related to infrastructure risk and resilience, structural fire engineering, condition assessment and management of aging structural systems, and earthquake engineering. He has significant teaching experience as faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for both the University of New Hampshire and University of Maryland, College Park. He has conducted research and published on a range of topics, including structural engineering, performance-based design, collapse assessment of structures, structural testing, and infrastructure risk assessment. Ricardo has also been actively involved in developing national and international seismic design standards, as well as guidelines to improve infrastructure resilience.

Mónika Serrano
Mónika Serrano | Resiliency Project Manager
Turner Construction

Mónika Serrano leads the resilience program at Turner Construction. She has held roles in most phases of the construction process in her sixteen years in the construction industry. Mónika considers climate change one of the biggest threats to humanity and she is constantly pushing the bar in the aspects of resiliency, climate adaptation, and mitigation. She is a past USGBC NJ chapter board member, a current active member of ULI and ASAP, and a volunteer for Climate Reality Project and Citizens Climate Lobby.

Andrew Dankwerth
Andrew Dankwerth | Senior Vice President, Design & Development

Andy joined Pembroke at its inception in 1997. He is responsible for overseeing developments and major capital projects throughout Pembroke’s global portfolio, including  North America, the  UK, and Continental Europe and Asia-Pac regions. Andrew works closely with Pembroke’s regional project management and acquisition teams to ensure that Pembroke’s development and due diligence efforts adhere to the high standards and processes that result in successful projects. Prior to Pembroke, he was responsible for design oversight and coordination of various corporate and non-profit real estate projects at Fidelity Investments. An architect with thirty-five years of experience, Andy is active in the real estate community, where he is a board member of A Better City, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on land use and development, energy, and environment and transportation issues.