Mitigating Flood Risk in the Greater Houston Area

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February 22, 2018
5:00 PM
Magnolia Hotel Houston
1100 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

Mitigating Flood Risk in the Greater Houston Area

Date: February 22, 2018 5:00pm
Location: Magnolia Hotel Houston
Speaker(s): Casey Stevenson

Valet parking is available at $15 per car at the hotel. If you wish to self-park, there are several garages in the area within a block, as well as street parking.

5:00 - 5:30pm Registration & Refreshments
5:30 - 6:30pm Presentation & Discussion
6:30 - 7:00pm 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.


Houston and other parts of Texas have experienced severe flooding during the past three years that has damaged homes and businesses and caused large economic losses for the community. Complicating matters, these floods have affected many buildings outside the 100-year flood plain with no flood insurance coverage. In response, owners, facility mangers, and designers need to better understand their flood risk and determine practical options for mitigating flood damage and downtime in the future. In this presentation, we will discuss the recent flooding in Texas, consider the risk of flooding within and outside of mapped flood plains, and review related regulatory requirements. We will also explore mitigation solutions for both new and existing construction and how these options impact occupants and businesses.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

Understand the relative magnitudes and impacts of the recent Texas floods.
Evaluate flood risk at a project site, whether within a mapped flood plain or not.
Identify regulatory requirements for new construction and substantial improvements within the regulatory 100-year flood plain.
Recognize flood mitigation options for various types of buildings and building systems, and connect the options to the consequences of flooding.