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The Case for Resilience: Planning, Designing and Building for Charleston’s Future

August 15, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
SC Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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livingwithwaterPresented jointly by ULI South Carolina & AIA South Carolina

100 Resilient Cities defines urban resilience as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.”

Building urban resilience requires looking at a city holistically: understanding the systems that make up the city and the interdependencies and risks they may face. By strengthening the underlying fabric of a city and better understanding the potential shocks and stresses it may face, a city can improve its development trajectory and the well-being of its citizens.

Join our panel of experts as they share perspectives from diverse professional disciplines on what “Urban Resilience” means and why real estate practitioners and architects should care.

Topics covered will include:

  • The scope of Resiliency and how Resiliency differs from Sustainability
  • What does Resiliency mean in Charleston and Who/What are our local resources to help strengthen Charleston’s urban resiliency?
  • How is the insurance industry underwriting communities and projects based on resilient infrastructure?
  • How can new mapping technologies help us better understand risk & vulnerability?
  • How can we plan better to address both chronic stresses and acute shocks?
  • What policies should our local governments be considering to ensure we can bounce back and recover from increasingly frequent storms and weather events?


  • Steve Dudash, Thomas & Hutton Engineering, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Steve Dudash is the Regional Director of the Charleston office for Thomas & Hutton, a consulting and professional services firm serving the Southeast for 70 years with offices in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Steve has 32 years of experience in land-use planning, master planning, and landscape architecture. His projects have won numerous design awards while meeting the highest design standards, as well as incorporating sustainable practices.
  • Will Giambalvo, Arthur Gallagher Insurance, Greenville, South Carolina. Will’s real estate expertise has included portfolios with more than 400 locations and total property values in excess of 5 billion dollars as well as start-up funds with less than 5 locations. Funding/Securitization on these portfolios has come from sources such as Brown Brothers, Salomon, Wachovia, Lehman, Dillon Reed, B of A, Met Life, PNC Bank, UBS Securities just to name a few.
  • Jon Penndorf, FAIA, Perkins+Will’s, Washingon, DC. Jon Penndorf is a project manager and sustainability leader in Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC office. He is involved in the management and design of a variety of project types, from focused interior renovations to energy management across a full real estate portfolio. Jon is a recipient of the AIA’s Young Architect Award, the 2012 president of the AIA’s DC chapter, and the 2014 chair of the AIA’s Young Architects Forum advisory committee. With over 12 years of professional experience, Jon is engaged in many areas of the architecture community including community leadership, writing, and education.
  • Paul Sandifer, former head of SC DNR, retired Chief Scientist at NOAA. Paul Sandifer is a marine scientist, self-described coastal ecologist and as of last August, founding director of the College’s new Center for Coastal Environmental and Human Health. Paul is a strong proponent of the notion that good things happen when dissimilar disciplines are brought together.
  • Moderator: Dan Burger is the Director of the Coastal Services Division for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (DHEC-OCRM). Mr. Burger works to advance the policy goals of the state’s Coastal Zone Management Program through the development and implementation of innovative program strategies, products, and services. Mr. Burger leads staff performance of inter-governmental planning, coastal hazard analysis, and policy development efforts. In 2014, Mr. Burger led the establishment of the Charleston Resilience Network (CRN), a voluntary public-private coalition, and has since been honored to serve as the coalition Chair.

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Parking Instructions

A parking garage operated by the City of Charleston is located at 24 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401.  Metered parking is located along Washington Street and Concord Street.

This event is free to ULI & AIA members; $25 for non-members.

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