Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Mitigation in NY/NJ/CT

The NY Metropolitan area, one of the world’s most powerful jurisdictions, was rendered virtually powerless in the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, which was a wakeup call for the entire NY/NJ area. One year later, owners are still picking up the pieces. Many questions remain. How does climate change affect mitigation design? How do we prioritize mitigation strategies? Where is the funding coming from and how can we get the most bang for our buck? How can the A/E/C community help solve these pressing challenges? How do we re-frame our current projects that are on the boards or in construction to mitigate future damages? How do the new FEMA flood zone maps affect the process? Come hear from the experts how their firms and agencies are addressing emergency preparedness and disaster mitigation.

Peter Drenan
Vice President of the Emergency Management, Disaster and Mitigation (EMDM) service line

Mr. Peter Drenan is an Associate Vice President and Manager of Dewberry’s Emergency Management and Disaster Mitigation business unit. A FEMA veteran with 25 years experience in design and construction management, Peter has worked as FEMA Region III Deputy Public Assistance Officer (DPAO); Public Assistance Coordinator (PAC); Debris Specialist; Debris Task Force Leader; and Historic Preservation Specialist. His experiences span several major disaster events including Superstorm Sandy (New York/New Jersey), Hurricane Katrina (Louisiana), Hurricane Isabel (Virginia), Tropical Storm Gaston (Virginia), and Tropical Storm Ernesto (Virginia). He has an extensive array of accreditations and is IRBC, CABO, ICC, and ASHI certified, and he is certified for radon and asbestos testing. Currently, he is serving as Principal-in-Charge for Dewberry’s NJDEP Waterway Debris Program Management contract (in response to Superstorm Sandy) and has been helping communities recover and rebuild.

Robert Schubert
Senior Vice President – Construction
Boston Properties, Inc.

Mr. Robert Schubert joined Boston Properties in 1997, prior to which he was a Director of Project Management at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Mr. Schubert was also an Associate Partner at the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. At Boston Properties, Mr. Schubert is currently managing the construction of 250 West 55th Street and has successfully managed the construction of 5 Times Square and Times Square Tower, completed in 2002 and 2004 respectively, two one million square foot buildings in the heart of Times Square. He completed the construction of 510 Madison Avenue following our acquisition of the building in 2010. Mr. Schubert managed the design and construction effort for 90 Church Street for the United States Postal Service, including interior fit-out of one million square feet of USPS and tenant spaces both pre and post September 11, 2001. Mr. Schubert also manages the capital improvement and tenant fit-out construction work in our operating properties. In his career, Mr. Schubert has also been involved in either the design or construction of such notable projects as Georgia Pacific Center in Atlanta, Worldwide Plaza, Computer Associates Headquarters and 420 Fifth Avenue. Mr. Schubert received a BA in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Colorado.

Ms. Leslie Tomic
FEMA Region II, Hazard Mitigation Specialist
Deployed to DR 4085 Hurricane Sandy as the Hazard Mitigation Advisor to the FDRC

Leslie Tomic works for FEMA Region II in New York as a Hazard Mitigation specialist. Following Hurricane Sandy, Ms. Tomic was assigned as the Hazard Mitigation Advisor to the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator. In this position, she helps integrate mitigation programs and planning in the six recovery support functions. Prior to FEMA, Ms. Tomic worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where her duties included incorporating smart growth and sustainability concepts in mitigation planning. Ms. Tomic has a Joint Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Environmental Science and has a wide range of experience with environmental, natural resource and hazard programs.

Matthew Duthie
Managing Director
Jones Lang Lasalle

Matt Duthie joined Jones Lang LaSalle in 2010 as a Managing Director of the New York Office. Mr. Duthie is charged with leading the Property Management Group in the New York office. The current New York portfolio includes approximately 8 million square feet of office space under management. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Duthie held the title of Executive Vice President responsible for Property Management and Construction at Ruben Companies where he oversaw property management and construction services for more than 5 million square feet of commercial office space in New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston, and more than 1,000 luxury residential apartments in New York and Boston.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Thursday, September 19, 2013
    08:00 am

  • Where: 

    SMPS-NY/CUNY Graduate Center
    365 Fifth Avenue
    New York, New York

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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