Seminars: Session Details

Session C2 (HSW)
USACE Addresses Sea Level Rise
Time & Location 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Room 318A
Todd Barnes
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District

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?

Todd Barnes, PE, is the chief, Engineering and Construction Division, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District. He leads a workforce of 200 engineers, architects, scientists and technicians responsible for military and civil works design, construction management and administration, operations and maintenance, cost engineering, and civil works technical functions. He brings a unique blend of private sector and Corps of Engineers experience. He was vice president for program and project management development, and previously the profit center manager for a national firm responsible for operations in the Pacific Rim and Hawaii. He also served as assistant director of military programs at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.