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What to Do When a Client asks for a Resilient Building


Because resilience is a buzzword (and so are many erroneous forms of its use), clients are starting to simply request ‘resilient buildings’. We know that buildings cannot be resilient, but we don’t want to just tell them this fact. Many structural engineers want to be able to carefully guide the client toward understanding that a high-performance building is what they seek. Because building design is in our wheelhouse, we can then talk expertly about achieving enhanced objectives using performance-based design or similar techniques. Resilience is typically focused on natural hazard response and recovery, so the question is a bit different when considering each specific hazard. This webinar will present some ways to guide discussions with clients as they consider wind, flood, earthquake and wildfire hazards.

  • Course will award 2.0 hours of continuing education
  • Diamond Review approved in all 50 states
  • This webinar will be available as a recording. 


  • Chris Cerino P.E., F.SEI, SECB, DBIA

    Chris Cerino P.E., is the director of structural engineering in STV’s New York office, has over 25 years of experience in managing the design of large-scale, complex public and private projects. Since Superstorm Sandy Chris has been involved with over 75 recovery and resilience projects totaling over $3B in construction value in the New York metropolitan area. Some of his major projects include hardening for the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, Con Edison generating and substations, and the 207th Street, Hoboken, Hammels Wye, East River Portal, Coney Island and West Side rail yards.

    Chris is a member of the ASCE 7-22 Flood Load Committee, Chair of the SEAoNY Resilience Committee, and Treasurer for NCSEA. 

  • Erica Fischer, PhD, P.E.

    Erica Fischer, PhD, P.E., is an Assistant Professor and Loosely Faculty Fellow of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. Dr. Fischer’s research interests revolve around innovative approaches to improve the resilience and robustness of structural systems affected by natural and man-made hazards. She has participated in post-earthquake reconnaissance team missions in diverse regions including Haiti, Napa, California, Italy, and Mexico City; and post-wildfire reconnaissance in Paradise, CA. Recently, Dr. Fischer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Co-Chair of the ASCE Fire Protection Committee, and currently working with the Oregon Department of Forestry on developing definitions and risk maps for the wildland urban interface in the state of Oregon.

  • Kevin Moore, P.E., S.E.

    Kevin Moore, P.E., S.E., is a Senior Principal and the Head of Structural Engineering, Western Region for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. in Oakland, California. Mr. Moore has been active in NCSEA since 2003 and is the current Chair of the NCSEA Resilience Committee and Past Chair of the NCSEA Seismic Subcommittee to the Code Advisory Committee. Kevin also serves on the SEI Resilience Committee and is the 2020 recipient of the James Delahay Memorial Award.

  • Michael J. Riemer, P.E., LEED AP BD+C

    Michael J. Riemer, P.E., has been with Atkins North America for over eight years in total, and has over 17 years of experience in the field of Structural Engineering. He has been involved in the design of multiple structures across the US which included using the breadth of ASCE 7 and the local building codes. He was the Deputy Task Order Manager for the Puerto Rico Microzoning effort. This effort included presenting results of the study at milestones. 

September 13, 2022
Tue 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 2H 0M

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