On Thursday, June 23, 2016, LCIA partnered with StayLocal and the Urban Conservancy to host Stormwater Management Opportunities: What Contractors Should Know. Part of LCIA’s Industry Insights program, this day-long workshop was designed to educate those in the construction industry about an issue that has received increased attention from the New Orleans city government, as well as from the public.
LCIA offered continuing education (CE) hours to attendees with the Residential Contractor’s license, and we were happy to see many contractors take advantage of this offer.
The following is a review of what our presenters covered during the workshop:
- Ramiro Diaz, Waggonner & Ball Architects – The first speaker of the day, Ramiro discussed the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, which includes best practices for the city’s future water management.
- Dana Brown, Dana Brown & Associates – Dana is a landscape architect specializing in stormwater management. She gave an overview of the concept of stormwater management, as well as an explanation how a city’s infrastructure relates to stormwater management.
- New Orleans City Panel – Representatives from the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, the City Planning Commission, and the Department of Safety & Permits participated in a panel discussion. Questions focused on laws and ordinances governing stormwater management—including Article 23 of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance—and how contractors can comply with city rules.
- Joe Evans, Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture – Joe provided several examples of how good stormwater management techniques can result in a lush garden and useable outdoor space. He explained that customers are doubly happy when the resulting project reduces or eliminates flooding.
- TJ Truxillo, Quality Sitework Materials – Quality Sitework Materials is a distributor of green building materials. TJ introduced the products they work with, gave the financial benefits of the products, and showed examples of projects that used these materials.
- Opportunities Panel – Dana Brown returned to the presenter’s chair, this time joined by Dana Eness of the Urban Conservancy and Nathan Lott of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative. This panel discussion focused on opportunities available to contractors, including projects resulting from increased demand for green infrastructure, further training, and connecting with the Water Collaborative’s network.
LCIA thanks all of our presenters. Each gave his/her time to help educate contractors understand the importance of improving our stormwater management techniques city- and region-wide.
Thank you, too, to all of the attendees, including the many LCI policyholders in the audience. You are the reason why LCI and LCIA continue to offer such programming. Check LCIA’s Eventbrite page for a full list of our upcoming events.