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Disasters, throughout the ages, have shaped the built environment. The way city planners, architects, engineers and politicians plan and design cities, buildings, highways, tunnels and bridges have all been fashioned to some degree by the mischievous hands of disasters. Planning for Disaster will trace the impact of natural and manmade disasters on urban planning, building design and the design of large-scale engineering projects such as bridges, tunnels and levees. The book will reference recent disasters such as the Loma Prieta Earthquake (1989), the Oklahoma City Bombing (1995), the 9/11 Terrorist Attack (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), as well as catastrophic events from history such as the burning of Rome in AD 64, the London fire of 1666, the New York fire of 1835, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Planning for Disaster will include approximately 25 illustrations (photographs and figures) in support of the text.
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William G. Ramroth, Jr., is a practicing architect with over thirty years of experience in architectural design and project management. He has served as the project manager for numerous building design projects ranging in size from small remodeling projects to multi-disciplinary design programs of over one-hundred million dollars in construction costs.
He has Bachelor’s and Master’s of Architecture Degrees from the University of Oregon and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In addition, Mr. Ramroth is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and is LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a leader in the design of energy efficient and environmentally sensitive “green” buildings.
He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Oregon, where he lectured and participated in seminars regarding methods of synthesizing the aesthetic, structural, financial, and technology parameters that affect the design of buildings.
He currently works for Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, where he manages the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical departments for the San Francisco office. Kennedy/Jenks Consultants is an Engineering/Scientific/ Architectural design firm with approximately 450 employees. It has 19 offices located in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Kansas, and Utah.
For several years, Mr. Ramroth served as a project manager for Sverdrup Corporation, a multi-disciplinary design firm with offices throughout the United States and approximately 3,000 employees. In 1999, Sverdrup was bought by Jacobs Engineering, one of the largest engineering firms world-wide with over 20,000 employees and offices throughout the world. For Jacobs, he managed the Walnut Creek and Costa Mesa offices.
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