Gannett Fleming is proud to lead two panels addressing pressing climate challenges facing our industry today — resiliency and sustainability — during the American Institute of Architects Public Architects (PA) Knowledge Community Climate of Public Architecture Symposium. Our talented team and panelists from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), New York City Transit (NYCT), Arup, and The Urban Collaborative, LLC, will dive into how government and industry collaborate to tackle these critical issues facing the environment and our profession.

Join us in Washington D.C. for future-shaping conversations!

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Build it Better – Government Leadership in Sustainability

Thursday, April 7, 2022 • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Moderator: Catherine Otis, AIA, NCARB
Cathy Otis, AIA, NCARB
Catherine Otis, AIA, NCARB
Federal Program Manager, Architecture
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With the National Call to Action from the Biden Administration and the entire world racing to tackle climate change the time to build it better is now. Along with the sustainable goal to reverse the impacts of climate change, facility resiliency and readiness is needed to mitigate the effects of severe weather events that continue to destroy our communities.

The Environmental Protection Agency implements a range of strategies to reduce the environmental impact of our facilities and operations, from building new, high-performance structures to improving the energy and water conservation of existing buildings. One strategy to help federal agencies meet federal mandates is the Guiding Principles (GP) for Sustainable Federal Buildings. The General Services Administration (GSA), the government’s largest civilian landlord, led the development of the GP. The GSA and the U.S. Department of Defense, the largest government landlord, are leading the way in green building designs, construction, retrofit, and sustainable operations and maintenance.


NYC Transit Responding to Climate Change with Resiliency

Friday, April 8, 2022 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Moderator: Huzefa Irfani, AIA
Huzefa Irfani, AIA
Huzefa Irfani, AIA
Architectural Practice Leader
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After Superstorm Sandy, New York City agencies were forced to develop programs to protect city infrastructure from future events. Transportation infrastructure is the lifeblood of most major metropolitan cities. The ability to recover rapidly from extreme weather events is increasingly important. This poses new design challenges for the design profession.

New York City Transit (NYCT) responded with a comprehensive plan to address vulnerabilities within their system to guard against extreme weather events. The transit system had to be made resilient following a major storm; this was the design directive given to a team of architects and engineers. The solutions required a holistic approach that necessitated a partnership to find new and unique solutions. Design solutions had to minimize system outages, address unique constructability concerns, and where a major intervention was required, be designed to integrate within urban neighborhoods. The process and the ideas developed from this response are an example for other major cities.