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Baruch College's Newman Real Estate Institute Partners with ASHRAE to Examine Implications of Recovery Costs, Health Risks and Remediation Efforts Related to Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK, NY-April 8, 2013 ? The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College, CUNY, in collaboration with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will present an important conference that will inform the urban future of New York City. On April 11, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., six national experts on disaster recovery and remediation will participate in the conference, “Don’t Miss This Step! ? Lessons to Be Learned from Superstorm Sandy” to develop a strategic action plan that will enable more effective property restoration during the recovery efforts of Superstorm Sandy. The forum, scheduled in room 750 of The William and Anita Newman Conference Center at Baruch College, will also highlight critical restoration tactics that can potentially save lives within the disaster stricken northeast region, as well as similar global areas.

As warmer spring weather approaches our region many of the buildings that were affected by Superstorm Sandy may begin to experience problems that will endanger their inhabitability. The conference will explore the serious situations that may develop due to stacks of debris left over much of the area that have microbial growth. Also of great concern, flooding damaged both commercial and residential buildings that are odler and built with massive timber structures, and flooded transformer, boilers, power cables and switching gears may soon fail and potentially cause fires.

The panel of experts will consider several conditions that hold a high potential for future occupant risk and emerging building problems. The panelists will present their evaluation of a) the probability of adverse outcome; b) quantify the seriousness of an adverse impact; c) outline mitigation strategies; d) estimate the implementation costs; and e) propose a private and public sector implementation plan. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide valuable input to the panelists.

Jack S. Nyman, Executive Director of The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute says this conference is not just about the obvious aspects of remediation.

“This conference is also about the future, in terms of whom we should depend on for proper information and guidance for disaster occurrences,” he said. “It’s about developing relationships and highlighting key people in the industry who can provide the proper information to handle remediation accurately and responsibly.”

The conference will use the expertise of its speakers and panelists to create solutions and develop a comprehensive plan and report that will be available to the public to minimize, or avoid, life disrupting and community destroying outcomes that often follow natural disasters.

“Recovering from a disaster is complex and we have to focus on the fact that buildings must be rebuilt in a manner that assures the health, comfort and safety of the occupants that live and work in them,” said Bob Baker of ASHRAE. “This conference will create the opportunity for building owners in the greater New York are to literally change the future and prevent many of the huge problems that normally follow a storm like Superstom Sandy.”

This conference will feature many subject matter experts including Cas Holloway, Deputy Mayor, City of New York (Invited); Robert D. LiMandri, Commissioner of the Department of Buildings, City of New York; Timothy G. Wentz, Vice President, ASHRAE; Judith Kunoff, Chief Architect, MTA New York City Transit; Robert G. Baker, Managing Director, BBJ Consulting Service; Scott Armour, Senior Managing Partner, Armour Applied Science, LLC; P. Michael Bowdoin, Attorney at Law, PC; Christopher D’Andrea, Acting Director, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Ron Jerman, Operations Manager, Durst Organization; Wei Tang, Ph.D, President, QLab; and Howard Wolf, Principal, HW3 Group, LLC.



WHAT:  ??????????? “Don’t Miss This Step! ? Lessons to Be Learned from Superstorm Sandy”

WHEN:?   ????????? Thursday, April 11, from 8:00 a.m. ? 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:   ???????? The William and Anita Newman Conference Center, Room 750, 151 East 25th Street


The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute offers education and research opportunities to address the needs of the real estate industry. Through professional education courses and workshops, the Institute trains current practitioners and the next generation of real estate professionals, helping them succeed in, and contribute to, an evolving marketplace. As Executive Director of The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Jack S. Nyman leads strategic planning and partnering; guides education programs, research, publishing, and public events; and manages operations. Under his direction, the Institute hosts dynamic public events for industry experts to share their knowledge and advance thinking in the field. Individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies all benefit from the programs offered by the Institute.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members and 176 chapters in 132 countries worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.? For more about Baruch College, go to



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