Building Resilience: The Whitney Museum of American Art's transformation to mitigate superstorms

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This session will review the Whitney museum in NYC, a project that was well under construction when superstorm Sandy hit. The devastating effects of the storm on NYC’s infrastructure inspired a transformation in the practice of flood mitigation and the timing of the Whitney museum project put the project team at the forefront of addressing museum building resilience. The session will address construction recovery post storm as well as the extraordinary effort undertaken in hazard evaluation, selection of protection schemes, consideration of known and unknown exposures, crisis management design, emergency plans, and risk financing and insurance. Attendees will come away with an understanding of what to consider when selecting exposure levels and what types of defenses are engineered and available as well as and justification for those defenses.

Learning Level: 200: Understanding/Comprehension

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