Virtual Connect Series

Designing for Resiliency in the Colorado West

Managing Water
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This fall, AIA Colorado West Section is focusing on designing for resiliency in what will be a series of conversations around the issues challenging our unique communities. This session will focus on water with guests from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO. As we’re all aware, water is vital in our communities. In addition to being a limited resource, water is also the driving force in flooding, landslides, and wildfires, all of which are of increasing risk to our industry. Dr. Greg Baker and Hannah Holm will present and then be available for questions.

Moderator: Jenny Narrod, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architect with CCY Architects in Basalt, CO

Presenters: 
Dr. Greg Baker is a 22-year professor of geology specializing in the shallow subsurface of the Earth, with particular interest in water (fresh, contaminated, and frozen e.g., glaciers). Currently at Colorado Mesa University (since Fall 2019), he has also been a geology professor at the University at Buffalo, the University of Tennessee, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the University of Kansas. He considers himself an applied geologist—meaning field work and hypothesis testing in real world situations are paramount—and his principle tools fall into the “remote sensing” category including techniques such as shallow seismic imaging, ground penetrating radar, and sUAS (drone) photogrammetry. Additionally, he has worked as the principal researcher—incorporating both graduate and undergraduate students--on numerous local water-related projects in the Rocky Mountain region.

Hannah Holm is the Director and co-founder of the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University, which promotes research, education and dialogue to address the water challenges facing the Upper Colorado River Basin. The Hutchins Water Center was established in 2011. Hannah previously facilitated the Grand Valley and Lower Gunnison Wise Water Use Council, advocated for stronger drinking water protections with Western Colorado Congress, and served on her local watershed group board in Pennsylvania. Earlier in her career, Hannah worked for North Carolina General Assembly, where she staffed committees on the Environment, Natural Resources, Sustainable Agriculture and Smart Growth. Hannah has a joint Master's degree in Community & Regional Planning and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. 

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