What Comes First? Balancing Safety and Deferred Maintenance Projects for Aging Buildings in Denver

What Comes First? Balancing Safety and Deferred Maintenance Projects for Aging Buildings in Denver

For institutional owners and facility managers with large portfolios of aging buildings and infrastructure, it can be a challenge to continuously maintain, assess, prioritize, and repair their many assets of various vintages, makeups, and conditions. Additionally, recent catastrophic failures and collapses and resulting regulatory changes are prompting owners and managers to ask, “What should we be doing to manage risk?” In this session, experts from SGH’s Denver, CO, office will share structural and building enclosure engineering perspectives for addressing immediate safety concerns with an overall asset management program. They will discuss the meaning of terms like “unsafe” and “dangerous,” while exploring the importance of condition assessments, project prioritization, and asset planning to minimize risks to aging buildings and infrastructure in the Mountain Region.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand examples of catastrophic failures and collapses and potential risks to existing building stock.
  • Identify current regulatory requirements for building owners to prioritize building safety.
  • Understand how condition assessments can help manage risk.
  • Recognize how project prioritization and asset planning can help institutional facilities remain safe and functional.

Participants will earn 1 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

Alexander Kosis
Alexander Kosis | Associate Principal

Alex Kosis has extensive experience as a building enclosure consultant, specializing in roofing and waterproofing system design and repair, and thermal analysis for optimal building performance. He leads SGH’s building enclosure presence in Denver, working with clients and project partners to solve technical challenges on a range of new design, failure investigation, and repair and rehabilitation projects. As a passionate mentor and leader, he is also dedicated to sharing his experience and expertise across the industry, including serving on ASTM International’s ASTM D08 Committee on Roofing & Waterproofing, volunteering as an instructor for Engineer’s Alliance with the Arts, and lecturing on building failures and forensic investigations at Pennsylvania State University.

Scott Silvester
Scott Silvester | Principal

Scott Silvester has broad experience designing, investigating, and rehabilitating structures. He leads SGH’s structural engineering presence in Denver, specializing in investigations and remedial designs for concrete, steel, timber, and masonry structures. Scott has consulted with owners, contractors, and designers on a range of investigations following many structural performance failures and catastrophic collapse. He publishes articles and presents papers based on his industry experience and is an active member of the Collaborative Reporting of Safer Structures US (CROSS-US) Structural Safety Expert Panel, advocating for sharing safety lessons across the industry.