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The Seismic Roundtable

February 5, 2017

Wednesday, May 24
9-10AM | AIAPortland
1 HSW | $5-$35


The Portland AIA is hosting a round table discussion with 4 panelist presenting in their area of expertise and then opening it up for an interactive discussion on a broad range of issues around seismic and resiliency planning and designing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Get an overview on URM and its implications.
  • Learn about Resiliency and Planning.
  • Gain an understanding of the City of Portland’s Title 24 code
  • Review case study projects from industry experts.

Speakers include:

Carmen Merlo, Director, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
Carmen Merlo has served as the director of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management since 2007. As the emergency manager for the City of Portland she is responsible for planning, implementing and improving emergency management plans and procedures to ensure a coordinated response to major emergencies or disruptions to essential city services. She leads the City’s disaster resilience planning and builds partnerships with local, regional and state organizations.

Ms. Merlo previously worked for 10 years at the State Office of Homeland Security / Oregon Emergency Management administering grant funds to improve local, regional and state capabilities to respond to and recover from emergencies. She earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, School of Criminal Justice in New York.

Jay Raskin, Chair, National Institute of Standards and Technologies’ Community Resilience Panel
Jay Raskin developed an expertise in residential design, mixed use commercial projects, and historic preservation.  He works closely with clients and craftsman to design homes that not only create a sense of delight, but are also connected to their environment.  His historic preservation projects have helped update older buildings while at the same time preserving their historic character.

As well as developing his architectural work, Jay has been a leader in resilience planning and design.  His expertise developed out of his work in preparing the coast and Oregon for a large Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.  This civic engagement   included serving on committees and being elected to serve on the City Council in Cannon Beach, where he championed emergency preparedness and pre-disaster mitigation efforts.  This engagement shifted to state-wide concerns, where Jay helped create the Oregon Resilience Plan.  Appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, he now serves as Vice-chair.  He is also the chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies’ Community Resilience Panel, a multi-hazard approach to make communities resilient. His interest in seismic issues and historic preservation resulted in chairing Restore Oregon’s Roundtable workgroup that produced the Special Report: Resilient Masonry Buildings: Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and the Livability of Oregon’s Historic Downtowns.

From this diverse experience, Jay has a unique understanding of how communities, institutions, businesses and homeowners can become resilient in responding to natural hazards, not just for the initial emergency, but also how to

Samir Mokashi, Principal, Code Unlimited
Samir has over 25 years of experience in regulatory requirements. He has successfully lead design teams through highly demanding programs, complex designs, challenging budgets, fast track schedules and rigorous requirements. The clear advantage of having worked throughout US, Europe, Asia, and Middle East is evident in the projects, large or small, that Samir leads or consults on.

He has been involved in code development at local and national level. He has authored several code alternates and variances that resolved complex issues, simply and effectively. He has a unique ability to deliver simple and elegant solutions to problems that stump most others. The depth of his knowledge and strong communication skills have earned him wide respect from city and state officials, as well as designers, developers and architects. He is also a sought after speaker, accredited educator and a highly valued mentor to young professionals.

Mark Tobin, Associate, KPFF, Registered Structural Engineer & Civil Engineer
Fascinated by structures from an early age, Mark is passionate about designing the best building assembly possible and helping the client to accomplish their goals. With 18 years of experience, he contributes strong technical acumen and reliability to support the team and process.

Mark has been the lead structural engineer for many of KPFF’s most complex seismic renovation projects. Utilizing systems such as viscous dampers and steel plate shear walls, he has significant experience with performance-based design and advanced analysis methods such as non-linear time history analysis. This knowledge has been instrumental in developing innovative and cost-conscious structural solutions for many recent major seismic rehabilitations, including the Headquarters for the Oregon Department of Transportation in Salem, OR and the new home for the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. Mark has also led creation of quantifiable benchmarking tools for a healthcare system to analyze the actual cost of upgrading buildings to Immediate Occupancy using performance-based design.