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Build With Strength Sponsors American Institute of Architects Bootcamp on Resilience

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Recently, Build With Strength (BWS) joined the American Institute of Architects staff and architects from 46 states, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas in the inaugural 2019 AIA Disaster Assistance Program (DAP) Bootcamp. In service of this mission, the program was designed to build the knowledge and skills of state disaster coordinators and component (local chapter) staff leading their respective AIA State Disaster Assistance Programs. BWS was the co-sponsor of the program that will equip architects with the knowledge and skills to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster. NRMCA’s Gregg Lewis, Lionel Lemay and Tien Peng were on hand to represent BWS.

"BWS is making a concerted effort to develop stronger ties with architects because of our shared purpose of the critical importance on building resilient communities," said Gregg Lewis, NRMCA executive vice president of promotion strategy and communications. "Lionel, Tien and I along with other BWS/NRMCA staff are committed to forging partnerships with organizations such as the American Institute of Architects."

With the exponential increase in natural disasters, NRMCA develops these partnerships by sharing emerging research with like-minded organizations. It communicates the impacts of building with concrete, the necessity of rigorous building codes and utilizing case studies to convey the changing construction landscape related to resilience.

Build With Strength is a coalition led by NRMCA that promotes resilient concrete construction through communications, project promotion, education and advocacy. BWS can help leverage policies to help place more concrete. For more information contact Tien Peng at or 206-913-8535.


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