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Oregon Resilience Buildings One & Two: Resilient and Sustainable

January 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18
12-1:30PM | AIA Portland
1 HSW | $5-35


The State of Oregon is proposing two high performance buildings to ensure government continuity following a Magnitude 9.0 Cascadia earthquake. The buildings would meet US Resiliency Council Platinum Building Rating levels as well as net zero energy, water and waste. Based on an earlier feasibility study for a State office building and parking garage, the new study was able to attain the performance goals and still remain within 1 to 2% of the original construction cost estimates. Come and learn from the project team how this was achieved.

Learning objectives:
1. The US Resiliency Building Rating system and how it was used to achieve platinum level for this project.
2. The State’s continuity of government needs following a M9.0 Cascadia earthquake and how this helps fulfill these needs.
3. How this project proposes to become net zero energy and net zero water and wastewater.
4. What trade offs where made to keep project costs within 1-2% of construction costs.

Mike Harryman: Mike was appointed by Gov. Brown as Oregon’s first State Resilience Officer, a position created buy the Legislature in 2015. He is charged with directing, implementing, and coordinating seismic safety and resilience goal-setting with State government. Prior to his appointment he served as the Director of Emergency Operations for the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Division:

Alice Wiewel: Alice is the State Architect and was the project lead for the Oregon Resilience Buildings and in charge of the State of Oregon’s Facilities Planning Unit. She was previously the Director of Capital Planning and Construction for the Oregon University System and was a managing principal at Allied Works.

Barry Jones: Barry is the Planning and Construction Manager for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS)

Larry Sitz: Larry is the CEO at Emerick Construction

Kent Yu, PhD, PE, SE: Kent is a structural/earthquake engineer with over 17 years’ experience.  He is the Principal of SEFT Consulting Group, and served as Prime Consultant for this project.   As a longtime champion for disaster resilience, Kent has led and/or contributed to numerous earthquake resilience planning projects at national, state, regional, and local levels.

Ruwan Jayaweera: Ruwan is a mechanical engineer and Senior Associate at PAE Consulting Engineers. He specializes in sustainable building design.

Yumei Wang, PE: Yumei is a civil/geohazards engineer at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Since 1994 she has focussed on building resilience to natural hazards and was involved in the seismic assessment of state facilities.

Jay Raskin, FAIA: Jay is the current vice-chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, and the Chair of the NIST Community Resilience Panel. He also serves on the AIA Oregon Board and is a Senior Associate of Salus Resilience.