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Water, Water Everywhere

January 10, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$10 / Free for Museum Members
Hydraulics operators pumping seawater from the L line tunnel under the East River. MTA/Patrick Cashin, 2012

Every day, 13 million gallons of water are pumped out of the New York City Transit system — assuming it isn’t raining. During Superstorm Sandy, the challenges multiplied as hundreds of millions of gallons of salt water flooded the tunnels. What tools are used to measure water, assess damage, and help with repairs? How can the lessons learned during Sandy prepare us for future challenges?

Join us as Iain Watt (Director of Recovery & Resiliency at New York City Transit’s Department of Subways) and Stuart Lerner (Senior VP of Transportation, Stantec) sit down for a conversation with Roland Lewis (President & CEO, Waterfront Alliance) about the water damage from Sandy and its larger implications for the transit system’s future more than 4 years after the Superstorm.


About the Panel:

Iain Watt serves as the Director of Recovery & Resiliency at New York City Transit’s Department of Subways. The group is responsible for coordination of the $5.8 billion program to restore New York’s subway system from Hurricane Sandy-related damage and integrate mitigation measures to limit the impact of future coastal flood events. He previously served as Deputy Director and as an R&R Fellow, dating back to the group’s inception in 2013. Prior to joining NYCT, Iain worked at an economic development marketing firm partnering with local, state, and international government entities to promote inward investment. Iain has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stuart Lerner, PE, ENV SP, LEED, SECB, is a senior vice president and business leader for Stantec’s Transportation business line. He is responsible for managing Stantec’s road, bridge, transit, rail and non-motorized transportation activities throughout North America. Stu’s experience in the transportation industry covers the range of a project’s life, from planning through construction. In addition to his involvement in major transit infrastructure project, like the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, Stu has taken an active role in improving the resiliency of New York’s transit system. By limiting the system’s exposure to floods, he’s helping our cities and our infrastructure to bounce back quickly after major storms.

In recent years, Stu has focused on growing Stantec’s involvement and investment in emerging technologies and trends. As an Envision Sustainable Professional (ENV SP), Stu recognizes the importance of designing infrastructure solutions that embrace sustainability, like building to accommodate connected or autonomous vehicles that are soon to be a widespread reality for travelers across North America. He has a bachelor of civil engineering from Lehigh University and a master of science in civil engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Roland Lewis, President & CEO of the Waterfront Alliance, will moderate the panel. A lifetime New Yorker, Roland Lewis has worked in the field of community development since 1984. A graduate of Columbia University, he later earned both a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University. In 1997 Roland became the executive director of Habitat for Humanity New York City, guiding it to become one of the top producers in the region and a nationally emulated model for Habitat for Humanity locations in other urban settings. In early 2007, Roland took the helm of the Waterfront Alliance. Under his leadership, the Waterfront Alliance has organized a powerful constituency for a better waterfront. It has instituted new programs, initiated and helped create a new waterfront plan for the City of New York, and become the leading waterfront policy organization in the New York region, known nationally and internationally. Recognized as a community development, waterfront, and nonprofit expert, Roland has written extensively and spoken widely on these topics.

In addition to his professional experience with community development, Roland is active with many nonprofit community organizations. He served as co-chair of Housing First! and currently is on the boards of the Waterfront Management Advisory Board and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. Roland lends his expertise to many advisory and steering groups, including the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast Steering Committee, the Professional Advisory Committee for the New York Harbor School, and the Hudson River Park Trust Advisory Council.


January 10, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 / Free for Museum Members
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