Public and private project owners are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their climate change impacts. Likewise, communities and property owners want to protect their assets from extreme weather and natural disasters.
To meet these owner demands, contractors must consider using new project delivery means and methods that come with new risks stemming from new designers/subcontractors, new construction materials/products, and new equipment.
This webinar series will look at the climate change impacts on construction trends and strategies for success.
Webinar One: Drivers, Risks, & Strategies for Contractors Building for Climate Conscious Markets
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ET)
There are a variety of powerful factors driving the rate at which contractors are being called on to build with climate change impacts in mind. These include not only public policy and financial factors, but even talent attraction and retention.
Knowing the risks involved in the growing climate change conscious marketplace is crucial to engaging in this work successfully. In this presentation, we will review these risks that include but are not limited to unfamiliar products, methods, designers/subcontractors, financial, legal, regulatory, etc.
In addition, significant time will be spent detailing strategies to develop an awareness of steps that can be taken to prepare. This includes information on the necessary knowledge, people, processes, and peers to keep in mind.
AVP, SDI Risk Engineering Leader | Construction Performance Risk
As Head of Construction Innovation and Sustainability at AXA XL, Cheri provides strategic leadership and direction in sustainable construction and innovation via the implementation of processes, technology, unique insurance solutions, and enhanced customer service initiatives across all construction lines of business. She is dedicated to supporting AXA XL’s clients’ innovation efforts, sustainability, and technological maturity, which improve both individual enterprises and the industry as a whole. She is committed to developing innovative insurance solutions to support sustainably focused, technology-forward, innovative companies. She is also a thought-leader, ambassador, and spokesperson for AXA XL, presenting at industry events and educational organizations. Cheri has more than 30 years of industry experience in insurance, sustainable building, preconstruction, operations, and project management. Before joining AXA XL, Cheri’s most recent role was with Yates Construction’s Fort Worth Texas office in Operations and Sustainability Management. Prior to that, she served in Preconstruction and Sustainability for LendLease Dallas. Her passion for construction risk management has its roots in her experience as a Partner in a small residential and tenant improvement construction company. Cheri is a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS), LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and a Construction Document Specialist (CDS).
Global Sustainability Leader
Ryan Poole leads Sustainability for DPR Construction, one of the country’s top technical Builders with offices spreading globally. From early on, sustainability was a passion of his. While attending Clemson University, Ryan founded and served as the Director of Sustainability where he helped the university shape their vision for a greener future.
After college, Ryan began leveraging his Construction Science & Management B.S. and Civil Engineering Sustainable Development M.S. to help shape the industry across numerous market sectors through leading projects and business growth.
Ryan is now passionately driven to ensure DPR is innovating sustainable practices for how they operate, build, and ultimately help change the world through strategic partnerships. He harnesses the power of collaboration and unity to provide influence towards creating a healthier future for all.
Webinar Two: Climate Risk: Resilience and Construction
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ET)
Litigation related to climate change is expected to join the extensive list of construction-related litigation. Construction lawyer, Jessica Mederson, and construction manager, Monika Serrano, set out to write an article on this topic in early 2021. During their research and conversations with experts in the field of law, design and construction, insurance and risk, they learned much. Join us as they share the information they gathered, industry trends, lessons learned and why incorporating resilience in your next project may be your next best strategy to manage your risk, reputation, and bottom line.
Resilience Program Manager
Turner Construction Company
Mónika Serrano leads the resilience program at Turner Construction. Mónika is a LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, Living Future Ambassador, WEDG Associate and a Climate Reality Project Leader. She has held roles in most phases of the construction process in her 18 years in the industry. Mónika considers climate change one of the biggest threats to humanity and is passionate about working towards preparing for a challenging future. She constantly collaborates with folks in the design, engineering, construction, risk and insurance industries as she believes in the power of partnerships to move the needle towards a vital world. Mónika grew up in Venezuela and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Lafayette College.
Stafford Rosenbaum, LLC
Jessica Mederson is a partner at Stafford Rosenbaum in Madison, Wisconsin. After practicing for a decade in Texas she moved to Wisconsin, where she litigates business and IP matters in state and federal courts across the United States, focusing her practice on construction disputes, UCC litigation, contract disputes, director/officer and shareholder litigation, employer-side employment litigation, and patent infringement litigation. Jessica also advises corporate clients on contractual negotiation issues and employment law and has extensive experience with both ediscovery issues, including cross-border discovery, and attorney-client privilege issues. Jessica is a member of the Precast Concrete Institute and its Financial/Risk Management Committee. She is also certified for entry into OSHA Permit-Required Confined Spaces. She writes and presents nationally on addressing resiliency in construction projects and business operations. She is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, and Florida as well as a number of federal courts across the Midwest and in Texas.
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