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Designing for Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay Area
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When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Where: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
100 Pine Street, 17th Floor
San Francisco, California  94111
United States

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5:30 - 6:00PM Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00PM Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30PM Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 100 guests to register.


Development in coastal, waterfront, and other flood-prone areas continues to increase as cities and coastal regions expand, leaving more assets at risk to natural disasters. In dense urban locations, like those surrounding the San Francisco Bay, careful planning and design is needed to improve building and community resilience. With flooding as the nation’s costliest natural disaster, it is important for facility owners, managers, and designers to understand flood risks and possible mitigation options. In this presentation, we will present on the flood and sea level rise risks for the greater Bay Area and discuss strategies for designing flood-resistant structures.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand how climate change and sea level rise affect coastal cities and waterfront developments. 
  • Identify what areas and building types within the San Francisco Bay Area are most at risk.
  • Recognize strategies for designing flood-resistant structures.
  • Discuss recent examples of floodproofing design.