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Wed 02.26.2014

After Sandy: Recovery and Resiliency at NYC's Hospitals

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

When: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Where: At The Center   

Hurricane Sandy was a devastating wake-up call for all involved in the operations, planning, and design of healthcare facilities and hospitals in the city. The storm caused the temporary closing of six hospitals and the emergency evacuation of 6,500 patients from hospitals and nursing homes throughout the city. Ten other hospitals lost primary power and/or other critical building systems due to flooding but were able to remain open in compromised conditions. Hospital bed capacity dropped eight percent in the storm’s immediate aftermath. How could this happen?

This program will explore Sandy’s impact on the healthcare system of New York City, focusing on what’s happening now to increase the resilience of our hospitals. Senior facilities executives at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center, and Coney Island Hospital – three of the Hospitals most affected by the storm – will present case studies on Sandy’s impact, the immediate response, post-storm recovery efforts, and initiatives underway to substantially increase resiliency.

Three of the organizations and agencies that formed task forces to examine what happened and then recommend ways to improve resiliency will also speak: The Mayor’s Office/Director of Resilience about the city’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency [SIRR]; Urban Green Council about its Building Resiliency Task Force; and AIANY about its Post-Sandy Initiative. This new body of knowledge is guiding efforts to guard against the impact of climate change and severe weather events, as well as modifications to Building Codes.

This program embraces the AIANY Chapter’s 2014 presidential theme Civic Spirit: Civic Vision.

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 AIANY President and DFRR Co-Chair
Jason Harper, AIA, HFC Co-Chair
Nancy Victor
, NYSHP Program Committee Chair

PlaNYC Post-Sandy Report: “A Stronger, More Resilient New York”
         Daniel Zarillii, PE, Director of Resiliency, Mayor’s Office, City of New York, NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency

Case Studies
NYU Langone Medical Center
         Paul Schwabacher, PE, Senior Vice President, Facilities Management
Bellevue Hospital Center
         Michael Rawlings, Associate Executive Director, Facilities Management
Coney Island Hospital
         Daniel Collins, PE, Director, Facilities Management

Agency Response
Urban Green Council’s “Building Resiliency Task Force” Report
         Robin Guenther, FAIA, Principal, Perkins & Will, Co-Chair, Critical Buildings Committee
AIANY Post-Sandy Initiative Report: “Building Better, Building Smarter, Opportunities for Design and Development”
         Ray Skorupa, AIA, Principal, MPR, Co-Chair, Critical and Commercial Buildings Committee

Robin Guenther, FAIA

Organized byAIANY Health Facilities Committee (HFC), AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), and the New York Society for Health Planning (NYSHP)

Price: Free for AIA members, NYSHP members, and students; $20 for non-members


AIA members Register here

NYSHP members Register Here

Non-Members Register here

Watch the video of this program here.

Lead Sponsor:


Medical Equipment Planning
Technology Assessment & Project Management


 This pro­gram is presented in conjunction with the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY Chapter 2014 pres­i­den­tial theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision


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