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Presenter: John Squerciati, PE, CFM

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Norfolk, VA

Doubletree by Hilton
1500 North Military Highway
Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone: 757-466-8000

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:00 pm

Reviewing National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Standards for Floodplain Development

   Welcome and introductions
   Overview of the NFIP
   Using the right maps and flood data
   Determining what regulations are in effect for a property
   Classifying structures
   Determining which building codes apply
   Identifying when permits are required
   Review exercise

Reviewing National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Standards for Building Design

   Technical Bulletin 1: Openings in foundation walls and enclosure walls
   Technical Bulletin 2: Flood damage-resistant materials
   Technical Bulletin 3: Non-residential floodproofing
   Technical Bulletin 5: Free-of-obstruction requirements
   Technical Bulletin 7: Wet floodproofing
   Technical Bulletin 9: Breakaway walls
   Other Bulletins: Elevators, below-grade parking, corrosion protection
   Review exercise

Designing and Constructing Flood Resistant Buildings in Compliance with
Codes and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 24

   Flood-resistant design overview
   The NFIP and building code requirements
   Understanding flood zones and classifying buildings
   Complying with siting requirements
   Using flood-damage resistant materials
   Installing utilities and service equipment
   ASCE 7-10: Flood-resistant building design loads

Designing and Constructing Foundations for Flood-Resistant Performance

   Overview: Basic principles of flood resistant design
   Foundation types and styles
   Complying with restrictions on soils and fill
   Designing closed foundations and slabs-on-grade
   Designing open foundations on piles
   Complying with elevation requirements to use freeboard
   Review exercise

Designing for Above-Grade Flood Resistance

   Overview: Basic principles of flood-resistant design
   Flood-resistant stairs and ramps
   Design of walls
   Location of mechanical and HVAC equipment
   Design of decks, concrete pads and patios
   Pool design Limitations on dry floodproofed non-residential buildings
   Review exercise
   Case study exercise

Closing – Importance of Flood-Resistant Design and Construction

   Review topics addressed
   Flood-resistant design and construction benefits to clients – reduced damages and losses,
      reduced service losses, reduced insurance payments, increased resiliency
   References and additional resources

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Cont. Ed. Hours

     7.0 Cont. Ed. Hours (HSW)
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

International Code Council
     .7 CEUs (Building)

DHCD Certified Code Enforcement
     7.0 Cont. Ed. Hours

     Non-Credit CE Opportunity

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 (HSW) continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 continuing education hours to engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

The International Code Council has approved this program for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building.

This course offers 7.0 continuing education hours to DHCD building officials, property maintenance officials, and technical assistants employed by a jurisdiction. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval.

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors but has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


John Squerciati, PE, CFM

Senior Associate at Dewberry Consultants LLC in Fairfax, Virginia

Mr. Squerciati has nearly 20 years of post-disaster damage assessment and hazard mitigation experience under Dewberry’s technical assistance contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He has worked on numerous floods and other natural disasters as well as terrorist events. Mr. Squerciati has provided assistance in developing and updating several FEMA policy and technical documents including Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage (FEMA 348), Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Charley in Florida (FEMA 488), Mitigation Assessment Team Report: Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast (FEMA 549), Flood Damage-Resistant Materials Requirements (NFIP Technical Bulletin 2), Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards (FEMA P-85), Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting (FEMA P-312), Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood Prone Residential Buildings (FEMA P-259), Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana Mitigation Assessment Team Report (FEMA P-938), Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings (FEMA P-936) and the soon to be released Mitigation Assessment Team Report – Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York: Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance (FEMA P-942). Most recently, Mr. Squerciati led a team of subject matter experts investigating the causes of damage and mitigation considerations for hospitals and other critical facilities following Hurricane Sandy as part of a FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT).

Mr. Squerciati has developed course materials and has served as an instructor for the following courses at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute: Multi-Hazard Mitigation Design Concepts (E312), Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings (E279), Benefit-Cost Analysis (E276), Public Assistance Mitigation (E239), Residential Coastal Construction (E386) and Multi-Hazard Building Design Institute: Flood Protective Design (E329). In addition, he has assisted in the development of materials and has been an instructor for numerous field training workshops and seminars for substantial damage estimation, structural flood-proofing, NFIP technical bulletins, coastal construction, protecting manufactured homes from flooding, and benefit-cost analysis. Mr. Squerciati received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil Engineering from the Cooper Union with a major in Structural Engineering and a minor in Geotechnical Engineering. He has taken additional course work on engineering for extreme winds at Texas Tech University. Mr. Squerciati is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Louisiana and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.