Seminars: Session Details

Session C2 (HSW)
Ala Wai Upstream – Risk and Resiliency
Time & Location 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Room 317A
Gordon Ring
RM Towill Corp.
Bruce Tsuchida

Adam Woltag

Sea level rise has gotten the attention of many in the Pacific relatively recently. King tides have inundated beaches, roads and, in some cases, fresh water sources. How can the architecture, engineering and construction industries prepare for changes in design – in code requirements; to incorporate sustainable solutions; to construct with resilience in mind? The state of Hawaii as well as its counties are incorporating requirements. The federal government also is planning for, and tackling, sea level rise. Are the approaches the same? What tools might be out there to use in planning?

Gordon Ring is a civil engineering graduate of Santa Clara University. As a seasoned licensed Professional Civil Engineer with over 26 years of experience with the R.M. Towill Corporation, Gordon has led the design of major roadway, sewer, water and drainage infrastructures for private developers as well as government utilities and public institutions. He is very knowledgeable in the application of Department of Defense force protection (security) criteria, low-impact design, and LEED criteria, and has authored numerous drainage master plans, reports for various developers and government projects, including the University of Hawaii drainage master plan.

Bruce Tsuchida is the founder and president of TOWNSCAPE, INC., a Honolulu-based company that is an outgrowth and continuation of TOWNSCAPE, ASSOCIATES, a planning company that Bruce established in Massachusetts to provide land planning and town planning services to New England cities and towns and to New England Native American communities from 1976-1984. He focuses on implementable plans that are rooted in community values and natural resource conservation. Bruce received a BA with a major in English Literature from Amherst College and a master’s degree in landscape architecture and regional planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1971.

Adam Woltag, AIA, LEED AP, is a design partner and has been with WRNS Studio since the firm’s inception in 2005. He plays a key role in leading the company’s Hawaii location and sustainability initiatives. His work has been recognized with numerous publications and awards, including the prestigious AIA COTE Award and the first certified Net Zero Library in the United States. Committed to advancing the profession of architecture and the purposeful development of our cities, Adam is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts and past chairman of the City of Berkeley Design Review Committee.