On May 22, USGBC National Capital Region jointly sponsored a successful resilience event with the Capital Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (CCIFMA). The event location, The Wharf DC, is itself an example of sustainable resilience strategy, so it was the perfect place to showcase how critical the design team and property/facility managers are to building an effective resilience project.
The Wharf DC’s approach to resilience is rooted in the success of the Perkins Eastman DC design team and the adaptability of The Wharf DC property management team. With the increasing risk of disaster due to climate change, there is a necessity for any project to have adaptable design, and for property and facility management teams to mitigate these potential impacts.
Illustrating the need to plan resilient features for both natural and man-made disruptive events, an informative presentation at the event was followed by a tour. Participants gained insight into the planning and daily operations of a waterfront site, including details on
- The required planning for negotiating water rights.
- Coordinating with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association on storm tracking to allow time for installing a manual flood wall to protect the historic Fish Market area.
- Planning for the type of major flood event that occurs every 200 years.
- Traffic planning to accommodate large crowds during events.
- The use of permeable pavements or grates, and a slight slant to paved areas, to address water runoff and drainage.
- Fire life safety planning and coordination between commercial and residential spaces.