Designer Series: Past Disasters - What Can We Learn?

May 28, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Course Description

1 PDH Credit

Extreme events that lead to disruptions in the lives of building occupants tend to trigger immediate responses. In the aftermath, the public is made more aware of a risk while governments often respond by funding research into the event to understand the event and to mitigate the impact of similar events. In particular, the resilience of building systems will come under scrutiny. After time passes, awareness of hazards naturally tends to fade and the risks are forgotten until the next event. This seminar will explore several facets of readiness for events that compromise the health and safety of building occupants.

Disastrous events in the past inevitably shape how future events should be planned for, and hopefully allow for better responses in the future. While there is often great emphasis on criminal acts (e.g. the 2001 anthrax attacks), it is important to recognize that unintentional incidents (e.g. superstorm Sandy) can have just as much impact on the occupants of buildings than intentional acts. This presentation will review a number of major incidents and some of the lessons learned.

  • Presentation: 50 min
  • Q/A Session: 10 min


Total time:   60 min

Speaker Bio

Anthony York is an Associate Partner at Syska Hennessy Group in New York City.  Prior to joining Syska Hennessy, he had retired from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after 32 years as Principal Mechanical Engineer and Program Manager.  He has a broad background in designing various mechanical systems, including HVAC, Central and Cogeneration Plants, Tunnel Ventilation Systems and Airport Projects.  He received his bachelor and master degrees from The Cooper Union in New York City and a computer science degree from NYU.


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