Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors; this course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by Cal OES with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers, architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis. This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California.

This session will be led by Mark Vincent Kruse, Architect, AIA

Principal and founder of MVK Architecture & Planning, P.C., a full-service firm that provides diverse services specializing in but not limited to Residential & Commercial New Construction and Planning, Additions, Alterations, Renovation, Remodeling, Site Development & Code Compliance Reviews.

Mark has been an active AIA member since 1999, the 2011 President of the Long Island Chapter and is presently the 2018 President-Elect of AIA New York State. In addition to his leadership and advocacy roles within the AIA he is a certified Cal-OES Post Disaster Safety Assessment Program Building Evaluator and Trainer where he along with other New York State and AIA National trainers under the AIA Disaster Assistance Program are training and certifying Architects and other building industry professionals in Post Disaster Building Safety Assessment. To date he and the other NYS Trainers have trained and certified over 150 additional New York professionals now capable of providing post disaster building safety assessment. His formal disaster response experience began along the south shore of Long Island, NY following Superstorm Sandy.

Throughout his thirty-five-year career Mark has committed himself to advocating for the profession, lecturing, mentoring and providing community services. He is OSHA 10 certified, a New York State Notary Public along with being an active Member of the Building Inspectors Association of Nassau County, the New York State Building Officials Conference, Building Officials Association of Suffolk County, and a Professional Member of the International Code Council.

Join us on Saturday, June 9th in the Norfolk Offices of AECOM. Their address is 1500 Wells Fargo Center, 440 Monticello Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.