Design and Construction Leaders Commit to Resilience

Tuesday, for the first time, leaders of America’s design and construction industry, along with building owners and operators, have agreed to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques to help make the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.

CEOs of almost 24 leading design and construction industry associations, with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP, used the occasion of “Building Safety Month” to issue a joint statement on resilience. The statement was unveiled at a press conference at the National Building Museum, where a new major exhibition titled Designing for Disaster presents design and building solutions for disaster mitigation.

“We recognize that natural and manmade hazards pose an increasing threat to the safety of the public and the vitality of our nation,” reads the statement, in part. “We further recognize that contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques can make our communities more resilient to these threats.”

The CEOs committed their design and construction sector organizations to significantly improve the resilience of the nation’s entire built environment through research into new materials, construction procedures, and other methods to improve the standard of practice. Among other things, they also committed the industry to educating itself through continuous learning; to advocating for effective land use policies; to responding to disasters alongside first responders; and to planning for future events, with a strategy for fast recovery.

“By reaching out across the design and construction industry spectrum, the alliance could play a significant role in addressing major national imperatives as we design, plan, and build the future,” says ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA, Hon. AIA. “Resilience is at the heart of what landscape architects do. I applaud our partners and look forward to working with them for the common good.”

In addition to the American Society of Landscape Architects, here is a list of organizations signing onto the joint statement on resilience:

    American Council of Engineering Companies
    American Institute of Architects
    American Planning Association
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    American Society of Interior Designers
    American Society of Landscape Architects
    American Society of Plumbing Engineers
    ASHRAE
    Associated Builders and Contractors
    Associated General Contractors of America
    Building Owners and Managers Association
    International Code Council
    International Interior Design Association
    Lean Construction Institute
    National Association of Home Builders
    National Institute of Building Sciences International Facility Management Association
    National Society of Professional Engineers
    Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
    Urban Land Institute
    U.S. Green Building Council

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